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What Are You Grateful for this Thanksgiving?

15 November 2018

One of my teachers sent the following email to our staff. The subject line was: “A Thanksgiving Thought.” With his permission, I am posting it below in its entirety: I want to share a comment that was made to me today. It could be both good and sad. A student asked me how my day […]

Make the Most of Your Next Staff Meeting

14 November 2018

Do you dread staff meetings as the principal? Does your staff audibly groan when you discuss policy changes or district minutia? Do you see your teachers watching the clock and counting down the minutes until they can leave? A few years ago, staff meetings at Harrisburg South Middle School were just this way, tedious gatherings […]

I Spent a Day in the Life of Principal—Here’s What I Saw

13 November 2018

As National Principals Month came to close in October, the staff on the Advocacy team here at NASSP decided we needed to get out of the office—away from the politics on Capitol Hill for a moment—and spend a day reminding ourselves why we do the work that we do. We reached out to several principals […]

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Embedding Social and Emotional Learning in High School Classrooms

November 28, 2018 3:30–4:00 pm ET

This webinar will provide a rationale for integrating academic, social, and emotional learning and support in every classroom as the foundation of an approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) in high schools. It will discuss a framework that links the development of student mindsets, four broad skill sets, specific learning and life competencies, and […]

Evaluating and Supporting New Principals

December 12, 2018 3:30–4:00 pm ET

A team of school leaders from Gwinnet County Public Schools in Georgia will share how their district builds the capacity of new principals and describe how to coach, guide, and address their needs. Key takeaways include developing a theory of action; using tools that help calibrate supervision and evaluation; and building a community of practice.

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