Principal May/June 2015: Technology & Innovation

Innovations in technology have implications for how students learn, teachers instruct, and school leaders manage. With dwindling funds and higher expectations for student achievement, maximizing technology tools has never been more important. This issue features not only the latest and greatest tech, but also offers strategies on how to wisely integrate it into your school. You'll also find tech tools paired with several articles that can be used to enhance education at your school.

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A Culture of Innovation
Stefani Pautz, Douglas Elmendorf, and Jennifer Mullenax
Two schools’ journeys toward implementing 1:1 computing.

Flip Your Leadership
Peter DeWitt
Flipped communication isn’t just for classrooms; teachers and parents can also benefit.

Build Tech Success With Students’ Help
Aaron Brengard
Students take pride in helping teachers integrate technology in this California elementary school.

Social Media 3.0: Beyond Twitter and Facebook
Daniel Butler
Developing a connected mindset through intentional practice.


Comprehensive Support for Young English Learners
Karen N. Nemeth
Strategies for language acquisition in the early grades.

The Word on Voice
Russell Quaglia explains why it’s time to start listening to students and teachers.


From the Editor
Professional Networks: Never Obsolete
—Kaylen Tucker

Adaptive learning, difficult conversations, advice for new principals

Best Practice
Modern Spaces for New Technology
—Sally Lindgren

Parents & Schools
Engage Parents as Partners
—Beth Johnston

Practitioner’s Corner
Tech Solutions for Classroom Management
—Shanna Rae

Principal’s Bookshelf

Ripe for Change: Garden-Based Learning in Schools
By Jane S. Hirschi
—Reviewed by Kristin Liewehr Bishop

Building Trust in Teacher Evaluations
By Shelly M. Arneson
—Reviewed by Allen Fain

Raising the Bar
Urban Oasis Yields Student Achievement
—Brad Rumble and Timothy G. Thomas

The Reflective Principal
Collaborative Principles for Principals
—Robyn Conrad Hansen, Ed.D.

Ten to Teen
Making Time in the Middle
—Steve Kovach

It’s the Law
Technology and Teachers
—Perry A. Zirkel

Leveraging Resources

—Gail Connelly