Principal May/June 2017: Next-Level Leadership

Great schools require well-prepared and supported principals. Principals cultivate positive school cultures that are built on trust, strengthen the principal pipeline by identifying teacher leaders and nurturing assistant principals, and through interdependent relationships with superintendents, contribute to strong, district leadership. This issue of Principal magazine focuses on high-leverage leadership topics such as work-life balance and relationship building, as well as less-covered leadership skills like getting published and managing up.

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Worth the Investment: Trust
Why learning to listen might be a principal’s most important leadership skill.
Sarah E. Fiarman

No Time for ESSA?
Students deserve equal access to digital resources—anywhere, anytime.

Synergy and Straight Talk
Tools to build an honest, interdependent relationship that maximizes the capabilities of principals and superintendents.
Brian Bullis, John Filippi, and Michael Lubelfeld

Building Leaders
With careful investment, an assistant principal will become a valuable partner in the school leadership team.
Sandra A. Trach

The Write Time
If you’ve got ideas and experiences that can help others, writing a book is a great way to share what you know. You just have to get started.
Cathie E. West

Entrepreneurial Leaders Redefine the Principalship
In Philadelphia, a spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well among principals—and it’s reaping big rewards for schools and students.
Tim Matheney

Social Media or Social Life?
Technology can work wonders in keeping principals in touch with stakeholders. But too much of a good thing can overwhelm even the most tech-savvy leader.
Jody Capelluti and Anita Steward McCafferty



Systems Change for Literacy Gains
Strong literacy programs can be the foundation for improved instructional practices and better student outcomes schoolwide.
Gerry Brooks, Nayal Maktari, Karen Scott, and Jeffrey Williams

Providing “Generation Appropriate” Support
What new principals need to know about working with baby boomers, Generation X, and millennials.
John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller



From the Editor
Getting Things Done
—Kaylen Tucker

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

Member Spotlight
New Jersey Principal Moonlights as Mayor

Parents & Schools
Helping Children Deal With Failure
—William F. Russell

The Reflective Principal
Discovering Strength in Tough Times
—Dana Boyd

Best Practices
Flipping the Script With Staff
Penny A. Reedy and Maggie L. McHugh

It’s the Law
Who is Really Accountable?
—Perry A. Zirkel

Principal’s Bookshelf

Personalizing 21st Century Education: A Framework for Student Success
By Dan Domenech, Morton Sherman, and John L. Brown
—Reviewed by Cris Blackstone

When School Policies Backfire: How Well-Intended Measures Can Harm Our Most Vulnerable Students
By Michael A. Gottfried and Gilberto Q. Conchas
—Reviewed by Liz Garden

Speaking Out
When to Lead, When to Learn
—Tracy Reimer

Practitioner's Corner
Can Students Search for New Staff?
—Chris Dodge

Gail Connelly: Reflections of a 21st Century Learner