Principal Jan/Feb 2013: Teacher & Staff Development

Principals need the best resources to help teachers grow. This issue of Principal magazine endeavors to help fill that void, offering practical tips and innovative strategies to use with teachers. It provides advice for improving teacher effectiveness, well-being, teamwork, and response to behavioral issues. In addition to these resources on teacher and staff development, the issue features tips for new principals to make the best of mentoring relationships and points to consider when serving military students.

Help Teachers Be Their Best
Todd Whitaker
Sow the seeds for duplicating teacher excellence.

Teacher Wellness: A Conversation
With Adam Sáenz
Principals play a key role in this crucial—but overlooked—aspect of staff development.
(Article available to the public.)

Time Shift: Developing Teacher Teams
Kurtis Hewson
Principals can use their time effectively and encourage collaboration by working with teacher teams.

Breaking the Behavior Code
Nancy Rappaport and Jessica Minahan
How to help teachers make a difference with challenging student behavior.



Do You Have a Mentoring Mindset?
Linda J. Searby
Ten tips to help new principals make the most out of a mentoring relationship.

Helping Military Children Feel “At Ease”
Margaret Morgan and Andrew Ross
Principals should create a school culture of sensitivity and support for military children.
(Article available to the public.)



From the Editor
Tips and Strategies by the Numbers
Kaylen Tucker
(Article available to the public.)

(Article available to the public.)

Raising the Bar
Extreme Makeover: Staff Development Edition
Mathieu Aubuchon

Principal’s Bookshelf:

Improving Student Learning When Budgets Are Tight
by Allan R. Odden
—Reviewed by Jeffrey D. Carroll

Co-Teaching That Works
by Anne M. Beninghof
—Reviewed by Ayesha Farag-Davis

The Reflective Principal
Teachers Are Parents, Too
Cindy Sue Lee

Ten to Teen
Teaching STEM to English-Language Learners
Kevin Sotomayor

Speaking Out
Fear and Loathing of the Evaluation Bandwagon
Mary Ann Chapko
(Article available to the public.)

Head of the Class With Game-Based Learning
Dan Breiman

Parents & Schools
Seven Tips to Effectively Engage Parents
Cheresa Greene-Clemons and Chena T. Flood

It’s the Law
RIFfing Principals
Perry A. Zirkel

Redesigning Evaluations to Build Capacity
Gail Connelly
(Article available to the public.)


Web Exclusive: Building a Professional Development Library
Felecia Nace
Five time-saving strategies to maximize your PD resources and bolster your staff’s learning.