Principal November/December 2016: Classrooms in Focus

From makerspaces and outdoor learning to restorative justice practices and instructional rounds, school leaders are charged with responding to today’s realities—shifting demographics, technological advances, and new policies and initiatives—all in ways that keep students’ well-rounded learning experiences at the center. This issue of Principal features articles on the classroom experience, and how principals can serve students in these spaces in an innovative way.
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Classrooms in Focus
Instructional Rounds: A Handbook for Principals Practical steps to illuminate the best teaching techniques, strategies, and practices. Aaron Brengard
Learning Space Transformation STEAM education and the Maker Movement are helping principals re-imagine the way schools look and teach. Jacie Maslyck
A Field Guide to Designing Outdoor Learning Experiences Green learning works with creativity and collaboration. Here’s how one Maryland district has tackled it. Sylvester Conyers, Donald Belle, and Mary Kate Bransford
From Punish and Discipline to Repair and Restore Promoting restorative justice in the early childhood classroom. Erica Lawrence and Tracy Hinds
Leading With a Design Mind Three strategies to incorporate fl exible learning spaces. Ben Gilpin
FEATURES
Young Voice, Big Impact Teach young children essential skills, such as asking questions and making decisions. Kristine Fox
How to Develop a Staff Book Study Tips, strategies, and book titles to provide differentiated professional learning. Jessica Johnson
Here’s to Your Health Recommendations for becoming a healthy school leader. Sally Beisser and Randal Peters
Forget What You Know About Conferences The 2017 National Principals Conference will be like no other. Joan Auchter and Deborah Tyler
IN EVERY ISSUE
From the Editor Classrooms in Focus —Kaylen Tucker
Snapshots Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed.
Member Spotlight Virginia Principal Connects With a Diverse Student Population
The Reflective Principal Principals’ Emotional Intelligence Outweighs IQ —Brenda R. Gilio and Timothy H. Dorsey
Ten to Teen Genuine, Personal Parent Engagement —Cris Blackstone
Speaking Out Leveraging the Power of the Principal —Chris Pearson
Raising the Bar A Change in School Culture Boosts Student Achievement —Dawn Love
Parents & Schools Research Reveals New Pathway for Parental Involvement —William F. Russell
Principal’s Bookshelf
Collaborative Common Assessment: Teamwork. Instruction. Results. By Cassandra Erkens —Reviewed by Jennifer Klipp
Breakthrough Principals: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building Stronger Schools By Jean Desravines, Jaime Aquino, and Benjamin Fenton —Reviewed by Brian Bond
It’s the Law Single-Sex Classes —Perry A. Zirkel
Postscript Mind Shift on Health and Learning —Gail Connelly