Legal Matters: December 2022

Title IX proved to be a watershed. Within two years, the number of high school girls playing sports soared from fewer than 300,000 to [3.5] million. … The increases in girls and women playing sports has an impact beyond athletics. Studies show that women who play sports are healthier, get better grades, and have higher […]

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Principal Leadership: November 2022

Features A Safe and Affirming Place: How a gender identity plan helps transgender and non-binary students Roundtable: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Making it a priority in school Embracing Early College Programs: How they change lives and communities Promoting Excellence and Equity: Our school’s learning system Listening to Student Voices: A lesson on diversity, equity, and […]

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Advocacy Agenda: November 2022

The mental health decline of Black and multiracial school-age youth before and during COVID-19 is evident from numerous data sources, including Mental Health America (MHA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, and the Congressional Black Caucus Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide. The pandemic only added fuel to the fire—as seen from an […]

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A Safe and Affirming Place

For seven years, I was the associate principal of Ashland Middle School (AMS) in Ashland, OR. With a population of 25,000, Ashland is a city in the southwest corner of the state, just over the border from California. Home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Southern Oregon University, Ashland has a small-town feel and a […]

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Legal Matters: November 2022

In recent years, LGBTQ+ inclusion in public schools has been the subject of litigation, with many decisions in favor of LGBTQ+ students (e.g., Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified Sch. District No. 1, 2017; Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, 2020). More recently, however, we’ve seen efforts to oppose LGBTQ+ inclusion through legislation at the state level, […]

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A Summer Syllabus for School Leaders

For school leaders, summer is the time to relax, recharge, and read. Here, we share our top five picks from the “Syllabus” section of Principal Leadership. Items include books about timely topics in education as well as podcasts that are worth a listen. Be sure to check out new “Syllabus” selections in the September issue […]

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Norah Laughter

Celebrating Pride Month Starts with Student Voice

During one school’s election for student body president this year, a candidate was openly gay. He was preparing to give a speech over the intercom during homeroom period. A few minutes before he presented, the school’s principal briefly met with him to discuss the contents of his speech.

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2021 State Principals of the Year

Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools, and the Department of Defense Education Activity will select one middle level and one high school principal to represent their state. State winners are selected from applications submitted to the state associations. Each state’s selection process and […]

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Syllabus: May 2022

LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices The second edition of LGBTQ Youth and Education: Policies and Practices (Teachers College Press) is a powerful tool for educators committed to developing the pedagogy, curriculum, and policies to improve school experiences for LGBTQ students and their allies. Author Cris Mayo, an education professor at the University of […]

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Legal Matters: May 2022

Recent headlines report a renewed interest in the debate about what books students should have access to in school libraries and classrooms. Sometimes the books at issue include discussions about race, sexual orientation, sexual violence, or other “explicit” content. For example, take the recent governor’s race in Virginia partly focused on banning certain books in […]

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