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Principal November/December 2016: Classrooms in Focus
From makerspaces and outdoor learning to restorative justice practices and instructional rounds, school leaders are charged with responding to today’s realities—shifting demographics, technological advances, and new policies and initiatives—all in ways that keep students’ well-rounded learning experiences at the center. This issue of Principal features articles on the classroom experience, and how principals can serve students in these spaces in an innovative way.
Classrooms in Focus
Instructional Rounds: A Handbook for Principals
Practical steps to illuminate the best teaching techniques, strategies, and practices.
Learning Space Transformation
STEAM education and the Maker Movement are helping principals re-imagine the way schools look and teach.
A Field Guide to Designing Outdoor Learning Experiences
Green learning works with creativity and collaboration. Here’s how one Maryland district has tackled it.
Sylvester Conyers, Donald Belle, and Mary Kate Bransford
From Punish and Discipline to Repair and Restore
Promoting restorative justice in the early childhood classroom.
Erica Lawrence and Tracy Hinds
Leading With a Design Mind
Three strategies to incorporate fl exible learning spaces.
Young Voice, Big Impact
Teach young children essential skills, such as asking questions and making decisions.
How to Develop a Staff Book Study
Tips, strategies, and book titles to provide differentiated professional learning.
Here’s to Your Health
Recommendations for becoming a healthy school leader.
Sally Beisser and Randal Peters
Forget What You Know About Conferences
The 2017 National Principals Conference will be like no other.
Joan Auchter and Deborah Tyler
IN EVERY ISSUE
From the Editor
Classrooms in Focus
Virginia Principal Connects With a Diverse Student Population
The Reflective Principal
Principals’ Emotional Intelligence Outweighs IQ
—Brenda R. Gilio and Timothy H. Dorsey
Ten to Teen
Genuine, Personal Parent Engagement
Leveraging the Power of the Principal
Raising the Bar
A Change in School Culture Boosts Student Achievement
Parents & Schools
Research Reveals New Pathway for Parental Involvement
—William F. Russell
Collaborative Common Assessment: Teamwork. Instruction. Results.
By Cassandra Erkens
—Reviewed by Jennifer Klipp
Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools
By Jean Desravines, Jaime Aquino, and Benjamin Fenton
—Reviewed by Brian Bond
It’s the Law
—Perry A. Zirkel
Mind Shift on Health and Learning