Principal November/December 2020: Literacy Instruction

This issue of Principal magazine focuses on the principles of literacy instruction, and is full of innovative strategies to get students more engaged in reading. From text annotation to data chats to recognition initiatives, this issue has you covered.

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This issue of Principal is also accompanied by a special Leading Lessons focused on five key elements of literacy instruction. Read more


A Fresh Look at Phonics
Make instruction active and engaging to turn students into skilled readers
Wiley Blevins

One Simple Equity Question
If you want every student to be literate, lead instruction using a strategy that’s proven by science
Tanji Reed Marshall

Reading Is a Right
Step-by-step guidance to promote literacy instruction as a matter of social justice
Stephen Peters

8 Proven Literacy Strategies
Innovative ways principals are getting students to read more and better

Learning Standards for Black Children
Gholdy Muhammad


From the Editor
Principles & Strategies for Effective Literacy Instruction
Kaylen Tucker, Ph.D.

First Bell
Inequities in principal advancement; elementary science instruction; and more

Bulletin Board
NAESP and aligned resources that advocate for, strengthen, and support principals

APs Rising
Observation Post
APs play a critical role in literacy instruction: observing, coaching, and modeling best practices

Women in Leadership
Taking Temporary Leave
Maternity requires preparation for a principal’s absence and return

Show & Tell
Kansas City principal builds relationships to achieve transformation

Strong Foundations
The “It Factor”
Creating an inclusive and equitable early childhood and elementary school culture

Exploring Equity
Speaking Their Language
How a theory of change can improve your English learner equity planning

Discovery Zone
Building Bridges to Families
With remote learning, engaging parents as co-teachers is more important than ever

Legal Lessons
How Free Is Out-of-School Speech?
A principal and a teacher walk into a constitutional quandary

From the Field
Member strategies for meeting today’s educational challenges

Exit Pass
Equity in Literacy Instruction
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE