Leveraging Principals to Retain Quality Teaching and Boost Student Learning

Leveraging Principals in Senate Hart Building National Principals Month NASSP/NAESP Tiara Booker Dwyer Scott Palmer Christine Handy Laura Mastrogiovammi

The role of the principal has significantly expanded in recent decades. Gone are the days when a principal’s sole managerial responsibilities were largely administrative, which is now just a sliver of a principal’s day-to-day responsibilities. To lead a school effectively, principals must also fulfill the role of instructional leader and create the learning conditions that support teaching and learning. Principals are in classrooms, observing and evaluating instruction, and connecting teachers with the appropriate professional learning opportunities. What federal support do principals need to carry out these important functions? On October 3, we explored these questions and analyzed the problems principals are tackling every day, including teacher shortages and creating a safe and healthy school climate.

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