Ronn Nozoe

Taking Stock of Where We’ve Been—and Where We’re Going

With the holiday season and winter break fast approaching, you as school leaders have time to reflect on where your schools have been and where they’re going. This halfway point of the school year gives you a well-deserved breather where you can take stock of your accomplishments in serving your students, teachers, and communities and […]

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William Dallas

A Nurse in Every School: One School District’s Worthwhile Investment

At the onset of the pandemic, officials in the Fountain-Fort Carson School District 8 did something that turned out to be a great use of money: They hired a full-time registered nurse for all nine of our schools. Larger schools like mine—a middle school with 1,100 students—also have a certified nurse assistant.

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Chris LeGrande

Shadowing Visits: An Eye Opener for Elected Officials

The first time I ever visited my U.S. senator’s office on Capitol Hill, it really piqued my interest in advocacy on behalf of NASSP and principals throughout my state of Oklahoma. But I realized that while a visit to an office in Washington, D.C., is great, why not have elected officials and their staff come […]

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Gregg Wieczorek

NASSP President Wieczorek Kicks Off 50-State Tour of Schools

Six down, 44 to go. That’s what NASSP President Gregg Wieczorek might be thinking after a full week of visiting schools in late September in the first leg of Leading Forward: The Listening and Learning Tour. But Wieczorek is far from exhausted, even after touring eight schools in four days in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, […]

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Simple Ways to Build Connection with Staff and Students

As human beings, we are hardwired for connection. We chose to be educators with the intention of impacting the lives of our students through the relationships we build. Yet, as an assistant principal, I often find myself buried in my never-ending to-do lists, which has unfortunately led to missed opportunities to connect with my staff […]

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Building Community Partnerships Begins with Relationships

When I became the leader of Northwest Rankin High School (NWRHS), I inherited a very positive school culture, characterized by strong relationships with students, staff, and the community. But one thing was missing: partnerships between the school and local businesses and other organizations. Developing a formal relationship with the local Chamber of Commerce helped. It […]

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Onboarding Students and Forming Personal Connections

As a new school year begins, it feels good to reconnect with students and meet new families in our community. As the assistant principal at Vail Academy and High School, a K–12 public school of approximately 475 students in Tucson, AZ, one of my responsibilities is to focus on onboarding new students and guiding them […]

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‘Monday Musings’: Building Communication, Inclusion, and Cohesion With Parents

At Pewamo-Westphalia Middle/High School, we believe our three stakeholder groups—students, educators, and parents—determine the overall success of our educational experience. We use the analogy that successful education is a strong, solid, weight-bearing “three-legged stool,” with each leg representing one of the stakeholder groups. We have confidence in and rely upon each leg of the stool […]

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Building Community, Camaraderie, and Leadership Through Student Mentorship

Young adults are amazing. I am inspired every day by their love of learning, their energy, and their ability to make the most out of any situation. As a middle level educator, I get the joy of watching students blossom in many ways. During these formative years, I watch students transform from awkward ducklings into […]

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