Principal January/February 2019: Aligned Learning Experiences

This issue of Principal focuses on how educators can better align pre-K–8 learning experiences. Articles touch on topics such as transitions between grades and schools; aligning curriculum, assignments, and assessments; and integrating academics with recess, physical education, and student leadership.

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This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a Leading Lessons guide on collaborating with assistant principals. It offers strategies on shaping roles and responsibilites, and how to get the best out of your team.


Choice & Relevancy
Autonomy and personalization in assignments help motivate and engage students
Joan Dabrowski and Tanji Reed Marshall

Research Roundup: Alignment Produces Achievement
A selection of recent reports on alignment and student transitions
Linda Fitch

Meet Children Where They Are
An early childhood education continuum focuses on more than academics alone to foster student success
Kelly Cobb

Make the Most of the Middle
Educators discuss how to foster engagement as kids rapidly start to develop their own interests and personalities

In the Spirit of Service
Establishing student leadership not only teaches kids to be civic-minded, but it also brings a dose of fun to the school and community
Elizabeth Benstead

Adding to the Equation
Teaching fractions in middle school math classes using universal design for learning
Michele L. Stites and Heather L. Walter

Right the Wrongs of Sedentary Education
The desk-based learning of public schools might be more harmful than helpful
Brad Johnson


Oh, the Places You’ll Go!
Transitioning to a new school environment is often difficult, but you can succeed if you make the change for the right reasons and embrace the learning curve
John George and Rachael George


From the Editor
A Million Little Things
Kaylen Tucker, Ph.D.

Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed

5 Things
What you need to know about the Association that has your back

In the Spotlight
Dual-Language, One Goal

Practitioner’s Corner
Tips for Terrific Transitions
Contact Head Start program leaders to prepare students for kindergarten

Early Career
Taking on Trauma
The first steps to becoming a trauma-informed school

Raising the Bar
A Touch of Class for Pre-K
A publicly funded program helps bring students up to speed

The Reflective Principal
Learning Together
Use professional development to build staff relationships

Speaking Out
Lose the Levels
Organizing libraries by reading level can be more hindrance than help

Parents & Schools
Parents as Partners
Use the continuous improvement process to foster equity

In the Middle
Support Breeds Success
Navigating the transition from elementary to middle school

A Leadership Shift
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE