Principal September/October 2016: A Well-Rounded Education

Whether it is in introducing a creative-leadership team or competency-based learning for early learners, teaching non-cognitive skills such as grit, or recalibrating the approach to assessment to honor student learning, principals must provide strategic direction in leading initiatives schoolwide. Practitioners, researchers, and education leaders of all stripes have contributed their best thinking to this issue.
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*This year Principal magazine and Crayola teamed up once again to release another special arts-themed supplement, which includes stories from winners of the 2015-2016 Champion Creatively Alive Children grants.

A Complete and Well-Rounded Education
Skills for Life How principals can promote social and emotional learning in their schools. Linda Dusenbury, Roger P. Weissberg, and Duncan C. Meyers
Varied, Layered, & Strategic Assessments Best practices for ensuring that assessments guide instructional practices and honor student learning in the process. Susan McLester
The Journey to Mastery How competency-based learning creates personalized pathways to success for young learners. Bob Sornson
7 Keys to Elevate Your After-School Program After-school time adds two hours to the regular school day, time that benefits both struggling and gifted students. Kim Templeman
The Buzz on Grit & Agency What you should know before applying the concepts to your school and classrooms. Alan Richard
Build Deeper Math Foundations Elementary students need solid math understanding to succeed in middle school and beyond. T. Spencer Jamieson
Rebuilding School Culture: Supporting Staff and Students Is Key After tragedy, Newtown, Connecticut, schools focus on learning and helping staff and students find a new sense of normal.
Your Teacher Evaluation Toolkit Turn to these 6 tactics for thoughtful, constructive evaluations. Peter DeWitt
From the Editor Well-Rounded Leadership —Kaylen Tucker
Snapshots Nuggets of research, policy, and practice to keep you informed
Member Spotlight A Maryland Principal on Why She Serves
Practitioner’s Corner Science Standards: A New Vision —Jodi Marchesso
Ten to Teen Social-Emotional To-Dos for Middle Schools —AiLun Ku
Raising the Bar What Data-Driven Improvement Really Looks Like —Mary LeDoux
Parents & Schools 5 Future-Focused Tactics for Parent Communication —Bibb Hubbard
The Reflective Principal How Struggling Students Can Soar —Lynn Owings
Principal’s Bookshelf
Grading from the Inside Out: Bringing Accuracy to Student Assessment Through a Standards-Based Mindset By Tom Schimmer — Reviewed by Jennifer Nauman
Schools That Deliver By John Edwards and Bill Martin —Reviewed by Kristin Liewehr Bishop
Speaking Out Missing a Mentor: A Cautionary Tale —Sandra F. Cummings
It’s the Law Anti-Muslim Bias? —Perry A. Zirkel
Postscript Principals’ Voices Needed —Gail Connelly

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