Principal September/October 2013: Early Learning

This issue of Principal is all about early learning, exploring structures principals can use to help develop an effective continuum of learning for pre-K-3 students. Taken together, these articles will help you consider the effect of both an aligned early learning curriculum and more significant arts integration on your own student population, especially for children at risk for underachievement. You'll also find useful web resources to help your school focus on early learning.

This September/October issue is also joined by its arts-themed supplement, Champion Creatively Alive Children, full of creative articles for K-8 principals.

Bright and Early
Sam Oertwig and Sharon Ritchie
Tools for providing a seamless education experience for pre-K-3 learners.

It’s Playtime!
Joan Almon
The value of play in early education, and how to get teachers on board.
(Article available to the public.)

Building a Foundation for Literacy and Learning
Kathy Ward-Cameron
Early literacy and rigorous early childhood curriculum puts students on the path to success.

The Power of Pre-K
Rebecca Stephens
This Michigan school supports early learners through a unified, pre-K-3 umbrella approach.
(Article available to the public,)


Collaboration Keys for English-language Learners
In this Q&A, Maureen Keithley reveals the importance of collaboration between ESL/bilingual and classroom teachers.

Going Green
Fred Barch
A Florida principal describes his green elementary school and provides tips others can use to “go green.”


From the Editor
A Creative, Early Start
Kaylen Tucker
(Article available to the public.)

Brain-based strategies, energizing staff, and buzzword
(Article available to the public.)

Parents & Schools
Harmonious Parent Relationships
Christy Keeler and Victoria Kilbury

Practitioner’s Corner
Improving Math Instruction With Content-based Coaching
Carolyn L. White

Raising the Bar
Raising Expectations: 7 Strategies
Niki P. Fryou

Principal’s Bookshelf

The 6 Keys to Teacher Engagement: Unlocking the Doors to Top Teacher Performance
By Cathie E. West
Reviewed by Jacie Maslyk

Collaborative School Leadership: Practice Strategies for Principals
By Ron Nash and Kathleen Hwang
Reviewed by Don Sternberg

The Reflective Principal
Support Eases Family-Work Challenges
Laura Griffith

Ten to Teen
Elementary Tactics to Ease Transition Stress
Indra Bullock

Speaking Out
The Value of Teacher Evaluation
Louis F. Cicchinelli
(Article available to the public.)

It’s the Law
Staff Email and Social Networking: Handle With Care
Perry A. Zirkel

Thinking P-3
Gail Connelly
(Article available to the public.)