8 Bright Ideas from National Principals Month

November 2014, Volume 38, Issue 3

During National Principals Month in October, NAESP celebrated by collecting and sharing “31 Days of Bright Ideas and Best Practices.” These top tips and inspiration were submitted by members of the 2014 class of National Distinguished Principals and shared on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are your favorites, based on Facebook “likes” and shares.

“Each year at my school, a group of students is selected for one-on-one academic coaching from the principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and guidance counselors. Coaches meet with students weekly to review graded work, discuss strengths and areas for improvement, and offer encouragement. Most students show marked improvement in both achievement and behavior.”

—Brenda Byrd, principal of Bethel Elementary School in Simpsonville, SC, and a 2014 National Distinguished Principal

“An educational leader must find the delicate balance of maintaining high standards while respecting and acknowledging the overwhelming pressures that teachers face with today’s educational reform. By being compassionate, understanding and showing flexibility in one’s leadership role, teachers and staff feel united, understood, and realize that they are not alone.”

—Maria Iozzi, principal of Red Bank Middle School in Red Bank, New Jersey, and a 2014 National Distinguished Principal

“We build positive relationships and motivated, engaged minds each morning during our learning celebration assembly known as Rise and Shine. Each school day, students and staff are greeted at 7:45 a.m. with smiling faces at the door and the sound of lively music from the gym as everyone gathers for dancing and brain wake-up activities. Rise and Shine ends with a moment of silence before students are dismissed in an orderly fashion to their classrooms for the learning day.”

—Karen Heizer, principal of Hoover Elementary in Enid, Oklahoma, and 2014 National Distinguished Principal

Visit NAESP’s Facebook page to see more ideas and see a recap of the 2014 National Distinguished Principals events.

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