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April 2013
The Principalship

April 2013 | Volume 70 | Number 7

The Principalship

Feature Articles

Leadership in Challenging Times

Elizabeth A. City

When money, time, and people are in short supply, the leader needs more than a strategic plan.

The Human Factor

Jean Johnson

Key constituencies view school reform from different lenses. How does the principal establish one vision for all?

Creating Strong Principals

Pamela Mendels and Lee D. Mitgang

The Wallace Foundation reports on dozens of districtwide efforts that are aiming to make school leaders more effective.

Be a Cage-Buster

Frederick M. Hess

To spur change and inspire stakeholders, you must sometimes upend stifling rules and routines.

How Do Principals Really Improve Schools?

Rick DuFour and Mike Mattos

The most powerful process for improving both teaching and learning? It's not micromanaging instruction.

A New View of Walk-Throughs

Connie M. Moss and Susan M. Brookhart

On a formative walk-through, the principal seeks to understand what the student is learning, not how the teacher is performing.

School Leadership Around the World

Vivien Stewart

What four countries are doing to prepare, develop, and support their new leaders.

How High-Poverty Schools Are Getting It Done

Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas

High-poverty, high-achieving schools all have excellent leaders who focus on building the capacity of teachers.

Principal Evaluation from the Ground Up

James H. Stronge

Seven research-based standards for principal performance.

Principals Who Think Like Teachers

Kevin Fahey

Why and how leaders must support the learning needs of their faculties.

Tweeting the Good News—and Other Ways to Use Social Media

Patrick Larkin

Twitter alerts and school blogs speed up a district's good news.

Drafted! An Urban Principal's Tale

Deborah S. Peterson

A principal who was assigned a job in a struggling school tells what helped her survive and thrive.

Columns / Departments

Double Take

Reviews, research, and relevant reads.

Research Says / A Principal's Success Requires People Skills

Bryan Goodwin

One-on-one relationships are key to implementing good ideas.

Art and Science of Teaching / The Principal's Role in Hierarchical Evaluation

Robert J. Marzano

Frameworks for getting work defined and aligned.

Power Up! / The Changing Role of the Technology Director

Doug Johnson

Technology and education expertise must coalesce.

Principal Connection / Who Decides What?

Thomas R. Hoerr

How much autonomy do you give away?

One to Grow On / Freed from the Box

Carol Ann Tomlinson

Remembering principals—the weak, the good, the golden.

Tell Me About … / The Best Principal You've Ever Known

Read these stories, and contribute your own response to an upcoming question.

ASCD Community in Action

What EL Readers Think: A report on the recent EL Readers Survey

EL Takeaways

Six Precepts for Principals


Eight Ways to Model Technology Use

Matthew Ulyesses Blankenship

From Skyping in speakers to using mobile technology in walk-throughs, principals show how they value technology in school.

Working with Difficult Staff

John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller

When underminers and on-the job retirees are in your midst, a leader must act quickly to minimize negativity.

What Keeps Me Going

Linda Nathan

A principal reflects on the importance of collaborative leadership.

First-Year Hurdles

Jessica Bohn

Advice for novice principals about navigating the challenges ahead.

Special Report / Getting the Most Out of Principal Evaluation Systems

Susan M. Gates, Laura S. Hamilton, Gail Connelly and JoAnn Bartoletti

RAND, NAESP, and NASSP issue reports on principal evaluations: what they should include and how to implement them effectively.

EL Study Guide

Teresa K. Preston

Watch This Spot!

This month's video from Leadership Strategies for Principals shows how principals can be instructional leaders.

Watch the Interview

EL columnist Bryan Goodwin talks with EL Editor in Chief Marge Scherer about the changing face of education research.