Each year, thousands of new principals begin their journey in school administration. The first year for a new principal can be challenging, exhausting, and frustrating, but also extremely rewarding at the same time. Education Week reports that nearly half of new principals leave their school after three years, and nearly 20 percent leave every year.
This is a guest post from Aime Hutton, a 5-time international best-selling author/compiler. So, who am I? I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but I grew up in Pickering, Ontario, Canada. Growing up, school was not a safe space for me. School is supposed to be a happy place for kids. A place where theyContinue reading “Inch By Inch Chronicles – Who is Aime?”
This article was orginially posted on Forbes.com writen by Robyn D. Shulman and Dr. David Franklin from The Principal’s Desk. This is what most students can remember before the pandemic arrived, and school will most likely look quite different this academic year. To develop strong social and emotional skills, kids must be in an environmentContinue reading “3 Ways School Will Look Different In The Fall”
Close your eyes. Picture a school. Any school. What do you see? What do you hear? The sights and sounds of a school are universal: Children laughing and running around on a playground, teachers working with students through math problems or science experiments. There is noise, lots of noise. There is movement, a lot ofContinue reading “The Kids Are Not All Right”
The number of shootings that are occurring at schools is rising. According to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), there have been 417 school shootings in the United States between 2010 and 2019. Sadly, when those annual totals are broken down, an upward trend becomes quite clear. The past two years have seen more schoolContinue reading “Build Up Student Mental Health, Not Fences, to Prevent School Violence”
According to Media Smarts, 23% of students reported that they’ve said or done something cruel to another person online. 27% reported that they’ve experienced the same from someone else. With the increased use of collaboration tools and social media, children can be bullied 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Over the past year, 26 states spent a combined $950 million dollars on school safety. The funds were spent on a variety of resources including anonymous tip lines, SROs, web filtering, fencing, and camera systems. As the need for school safety spending grows, district officials are on the search for funding. Title IV of theContinue reading “Using Title IV Funds for Student Safety”
The research is very clear on teacher collaboration: it works. A recent study by Ronfeldt, M., Farmer, S., McQueen, K., & Grissom, J. (2015), surveyed over 9000 teachers on the subject of teacher collaboration. Over 90% of the teachers surveyed indicated that collaboration was beneficial to both teachers and their students. However, there are teachersContinue reading “5 Ways to Work With a Reluctant Teacher Collaborator”
Working with angry parents is a part of the job of all school administrators. There are few things more anxiety producing in the profession than working in your office and hearing “I need to speak to the principal now” being yelled loudly from the lobby of the main office. Many of these intense meetings areContinue reading “5 Ways To Work With An Angry Parent”
Becoming a school site administrator is one of the biggest steps an educator can take in their career. Leaving the classroom for the front office is a big decision. Some teachers wait decades to make the switch, while others do it much earlier in their career. The interview process for a principal position can beContinue reading “5 Important Reminders for your Principal Interview”