Principal November/December 2018: Safe & Healthy Schools

The articles in this issue touch on topics such as school safety and crisis response, how afterschool and summer programs help families affected by opioid addiction, online bullying and violence prevention, and strategies to strengthen physical education.

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This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a Leading Lessons guide on social-emotional learning. The guide is designed to facilitate planning and discussion to effectively select and integrate SEL programs.



A Culture of Caring
A Virginia school district ups its social-emotional learning game to keep students healthy, happy, and safe
Jennifer Lenz, Lisa Micou, Connie Honsinger, and Rachel Bulifant

Online Activity, Offline Trouble
Bullying and violence often begin in the virtual world and social media before entering schools
Jeff Bean

Overcoming the Unexpected
Promote physical and psychological safety to speed recovery from a major crisis event
Franci Crepeau-Hobson

Shake Up PE’s Status Quo
When done right, physical education can contribute to overall well-being, fitness, and improved academic behaviors
John T. Foley, Lynn C. MacDonald, and Daniel J. Breiman

A Sporting Chance
Jayne D. Greenberg and Judy L. LoBianco

Teaching on Empty
As more students suffer from trauma, compassion fatigue is becoming a problem for teachers and administrators alike
Kenneth W. Elliott, Judith K. Elliott, and Stephanie G. Spears

Easing the Pain
Afterschool and summer programs help families affected by the opioid crisis
Jodi Grant


10 Years Strong
Principals volunteer to build playgrounds that enhance learning

Putting New Principals in the Pipeline
Two districts share how they developed and nurtured their development cultures to cultivate new leaders
Susan McLester

2018 National Distinguished Principals


From the Editor
Safe, Healthy, and Well
Kaylen Tucker

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
The Toast of Texas

Practitioner’s Corner
Engage and Educate
Christopher Wooleyhand

A Step Toward a Low-Stress School
Jon Harper

Early Career
Teaching the Change
John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller

The Reflective Principal
There Oughta Be a Law
Dennis Tynan

Principal’s Bookshelf
Your Next Best Reads

Speaking Out
Want to Believe
Kyle Rhoads

Parents & Schools
Making the Call
Mark French

Solutions for Safety
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE