Principal May/June 2016: Professional Growth

In the context of today’s high-stakes accountability measures, principals are expected to achieve new levels of performance for themselves and the teachers they lead. This issue of Principal magazine aims to provide practitioners with a bevy of resources to continue their own professional learning and development, regardless of where they are in their journey. In it you’ll find growth strategies that a principal at any stage in his or her career can apply.
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PROFESSIONAL GROWTH
Throw Out a Lifeline The supports that can help new school leaders stay afloat in the principalship. Sandra A. Trach
Make an Impact Hone your principal voice by listening, learning, and leading, as well as speaking for yourself. Russell J. Quaglia and Peter DeWitt
The Call for Caring School Leadership New professional standards serve as a guiding light for all aspects of educational leadership. Mark A. Smylie and Joseph F. Murphy
Celebrate the Power of Coaching Support school leaders’ growth through job-embedded coaching and inquiry. Donna Anderson-Davis and Diane Smith
Problem-Solving Strategies from a Mentoring Principal How to smooth fissures and build trust after a period of high turnover in leadership. Chris Barnes
Beyond the Principalship What school leaders need to know and do to prepare for post-principalship careers. Susan McLester
FEATURES
What Assistant Principals Think A roundtable discussion of the role’s challenges and opportunities for growth.
Fill Up Your Digital Toolbox A wide array of digital tools and resources is available to supplement blended learning efforts. Deborah B. Ford
IN EVERY ISSUE
From the Editor More Than a Career —Kaylen Tucker
Snapshots Research on teaching English standards, tips on staff relationships and home visits.
Practitioner’s Corner Thinking and Learning on Display —Suzanne Gray
Raising the Bar Moving a School With Number Talks —Jenny Nauman
Best Practice Start Recognizing Students —Jonathan D. Mathis
Ten to Teen Leading Through a School Restructure —Dion Stevens
Speaking Out Leadership Is Everybody’s Business —Jay Harnack and Matthew Seebaum
Parents & Schools Ease the Kindergarten Transition —Brian Bond
The Reflective Principal Teaching in the Principal’s Office —Tricia Culpepper
Principal’s Bookshelf
The Changing Landscape of School Leadership: Recalibrating the School Principalship By M. Scott Norton — Reviewed by Jennifer Klipp
Tapping Into the Skills of 21st-Century School Librarians: A Concise Handbook for Administrators By Audrey P. Church —Reviewed by Jessica Johnson
It’s the Law Evaluation of Principals —Perry A. Zirkel
Postscript Pipelines as Lifelines —Gail Connelly