Principal September/October 2017: Public Schools & Choice

The latest issue of Principal provides context for school leaders on public schools and choice. Articles focus on deeper learning, school choice terms, best practices for magnet schools, and effective public relations. Also featured are two new columns: Wellness and Early Career.

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NAESP’s Principal magazine has also teamed up with Crayola for the ninth year to deliver the “Champion Creatively Alive Children” magazine supplement. You can read it online here.


Ready for Change
An interview with Linda Darling-Hammond on the current state of education
M. Diane McCormick

A Primer on School Choice Terms

Knowledge Is Power
How KIPP and other high-performing charter networks are making an impact through well-rounded curricula
Michael J. Petrilli

Charter School Best Practices

Telling Your Story
If you don’t like what’s being said about your school, change the conversation
Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis

Attractive Best Practices
Magnet school principals share their secrets to success
Elaina Hundley



Many Hands Make Light Work
How collaborative leadership leads to collective efficacy
Peter DeWitt

Literacy and Language Learning as Partners in the Classroom
Supporting English learners requires seeing students as both literacy and language learners, even in the earliest grades
Adria Klein, Janeen Zuniga, Allison Briceño, and Annette Torres Elías


From the Editor
Opportunity for Every Child
—Kaylen Tucker

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

In the Spotlight
Georgia Assistant Principal Understands Her Impact

Practitioner’s Corner
The Power of Peer and Near-Peer Efforts
—Jonathan D. Mathis and Jolon McNeil

A School’s Healthy Alternative
—LaGloria Wheatfall

Early Career
“Yes, I Do Have an Agenda!”
—John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller

Raising the Bar
Creating a Data-Driven School Culture
—Patricia Ordóñez-Feliciano

The Reflective Principal
Taking a Leap of Faith
—Wendy Schoolmeester and Sonya Vierstraete

Principal’s Bookshelf
Children’s Literature Fosters Foundational Skills
—Dan Butler

It’s the Law
When Do Parents Really Pose a Safety Risk?
—Perry A. Zirkel

The Great Conversation
—L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE