This issue of Principal magazine is designed to meet principals where they are in their journeys toward leading the elementary and middle grades with an early learning lens. That means connecting the dots between professional standards, early learning leadership competencies, developmentally appropriate practices, and equitable experiences so that students have the foundation to excel and thrive in the middle grades, high school, and beyond.
Connect the Dots for Early EdRead More
Leadership training helps principals address any gaps in their knowledge about early childhood education to help kids transition to…
Leading for the Early YearsRead More
Principals should understand the entire continuum of childhood development to provide all students with high-quality, appropriate learning opportunities.
Safe Signals for PreschoolersRead More
Trauma-responsive schools build safe, nurturing relationships with children rather than focusing on exclusionary discipline.
Promoting Purposeful PlayRead More
Schools must continue to encourage learning through play beyond preschool.
A Lens That ReflectsRead More
Advancing equity in early childhood classrooms: Strength-based approaches emphasize materials that mirror diverse cultural experiences.
Early Learning Lessons for PrincipalsRead More
Bringing you up to speed on the pre-K–3 learning continuum
First BellRead More
Pandemic pre-k access, teacher stress levels, 4-day week, and more.
Bulletin Board: AdvocateRead More
Advocacy in action, Title II, and partisanship's impact on teachers shortages.
Bulletin Board: SupportRead More
ASCA council of excellence awards, plus your hope for students.
Bulletin Board: StrengthenRead More
Celebrating AP Week, conference focus on student growth, and early career principal priorities.
Cognitive CoachRead More
Connecticut assistant principal Kim Roy trusts teachers to take risks.
How APs Impact EquityRead More
Representation, relationships, and hard work are key to leveling the playing field.
Resources for Instructional LeadershipRead More
Effective principals must often build a body of knowledge that supports professional growth for themselves and their teachers.
Becoming a Risk-TakerRead More
Women must take care of themselves to be confident leaders, especially during periods of sudden and significant change.
Putting the Student’s Self in SchoolworkRead More
Culturally responsive teaching engages students by making their experiences meaningful.
Constitution vs. CurriculumRead More
More parents are playing politics with what’s taught in schools.
Finding InspirationRead More
What has been a bright spot of inspiration for you this year?
A Renewed Focus on AlignmentRead More
Principals must cope with the pandemic’s disruption of the early learning continuum.