Principal November/December 2019: The Principal's Guide to Leadership

This issue of Principal magazine commemorates the 2019 publication of NAESP’s Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals. In its third edition, this hallmark standards document is organized around three mutually supportive and mutually dependent pillars of the principal’s role: building culture, empowering people, and optimizing systems. The articles in this issue drill down on corresponding practices that range from engaging with families in multiple generations to using data to assess student growth. They are meant to aid in your leadership development as you strive to impact educational equity, close achievement gaps, and deliver a safe and secure learning environment for the communities you serve.

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This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a Leading Lessons guide, “Shared Vision, Shared Success," which aligns with NAESP's new Leading Learning Communities standards.


Intertwined for Achievement
School leaders must recognize the mutually reinforcing relationship between equity and social, emotional, and academic development
Ross Wiener

Planting the SEAD
To implement a social, emotional, and academic development program, principals must infuse it in every student interaction
Ann Clark

Making PLCs a Plus
3 strategies to spawn better teacher collaboration and greater impact
Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and John Almarode

Measuring Up
Using data to assess student growth is crucial, and different strategies will reveal different aspects of advancement
Jennifer Bell-Ellwanger

Look Out for the Leader
Principals are responsible for the well-being of teachers, students, and themselves
Allyson Apsey

Engagement Across the Generations
With at least four age groups represented in schools, communications must reach parents in every medium to be effective
Dillon Kalkhurst

The Sum of Its Parts
Distributed leadership requires the disposition of empowerment, not a position or title
Raymond McNulty


Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
Crowdfunding sites can help schools access classroom projects kids want with transparency
Kirk Smiley

NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals
Honoring outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators


From the Editor
To Lead a Learning Community
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
A Gift to the Gifted: Nicole Moore

Practitioner’s Corner
Helping Hands
Use students’ strengths, interests, skills, and enthusiasm to solve school dilemmas

Raising the Bar
From Novice to Expert in Three Years
New York district creates a mentorship program to get new principals up to speed faster

Principal’s Bookshelf
Keeping the Pros in the Know
Personalized Professional Learning helps principals implement alternative learning strategies for teachers

School Law
Beware of the Dog
Legal issues associated with service animals in schools

Speaking Out
Make Equity the Expectation
10 suggestions for heading off failure in urban public schools

Parents & Schools
Communicate the Benefits of PLCs
A new study reveals that parents often like PLCs for the wrong reasons

A Philosophy of the Principalship
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE