Principal May/June 2011: Early Childhood


Why Pre-K Is Critical to Closing the Achievement Gap
High-quality, universal pre-K can impact the nation’s international ranking.
Ellen Frede and W. Steven Barnett
(Article available to the public)

Assessing Young Children’s Learning and Development
The process of assessment is different from the common perception of testing.
Jacqueline Jones

Value-Added Early Learning
Pennsylvania has developed a successful early education continuum for pre-K to grade 3.
Harriet Dichter

Preparing Elementary Principals for Preschool
A countywide professional development program provides the missing link in university principal training.
Marion Bish, Rebecca Shore, and Pamela Shue


Research Report: What Do Effective Principals Do?
An effective principal demonstrates a blend of behaviors in two realms—instructional leadership and management.
Nancy Protheroe

Just Cause and Due Process in Teacher Dismissals
Follow these steps to make certain that your teacher evaluation process will sustain your attempt to dismiss an unsatisfactory teacher.
C. Edward Lawrence

Social Media as a Professional Tool
Principals are finding social media platforms to be great sources of professional development.
(Article available to the public)


From the Editors
Untapped Benefits
(Article available to the public)


Practitioner’s Corner
A New Approach to Easing First-Day Jitters
Mervin Hunter

Raising the Bar
Changing a School Environment
Erick Naumann

The Reflective Principal
From Can’t to Can
Tracy Barber

Ten to Teen
Open Doors for Autism
Betty Berger

Speaking Out
Principals Should Not Fear Labels
William L. Sterrett
(Article available to the public)

Parents & Schools
Dealing With Aggressive Parents
David Shepard

Principal’s Bookshelf
Leading School Turnaround: How Successful Leaders Transform Low-Performing Schools by Kenneth Leithwood, Alma Harris, and Tiiu Strauss
Reviewed by Anne Rullan

It’s the Law
Assaults on School Personnel: An Update
Perry A. Zirkel

Playing Catch-Up
Gail Connelly
(Aricle available to the public)