Principal November/December 2014: Supporting Teachers

Strengthening teaching undoubtedly serves to enhance student learning—but that’s not the only benefit. Because of the symbiotic relationship between teachers and principals, elevating teaching—and teacher leaders—can also bolster principals in their leadership roles, thereby doubly extending the impact. This issue of Principal magazine examines the principal’s role in supporting teachers and providing instructional leadership—with the goal of making the responsibility more manageable and effective. As always, a wide array of web resources are available for readers to supplement these articles on teacher leadership.

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Better Together
Susan McLester
National Distinguished Principals share models for effectively working with teacher leaders.

Inspired Instructional Coaching
Sandra A. Trach
Stimulate teaching by structuring meaningful observations and feedback that will improve instruction schoolwide.

Multiply Teacher Talent
Elise Foster
What if your well-intended guidance stifles gifted teaching, rather than encourages it?

Edcamps & Unconferences
Meredith Barnett
Ignite professional development by unlearning traditional roles and formats.


Blended Learning for Early Learners
Mary Evans, Jennifer Hawkins, and Patrice McCrary
A Kentucky elementary school uses technology to personalize learning for its youngest students.

Principals and Teachers Collaborate for Student Success
Gail Connelly sat down with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss early learning (pre-K-3), teacher leaders, and the importance of principal leadership.


From the Editor
Leading Teaching
—Kaylen Tucker

Student allergies, bright ideas, buzzword

Principal’s Bookshelf

The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story
By Tony Sinanis and Joseph Sanfelippo
—Reviewed by Jessica Johnson

The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being in Teachers and Students
By Daniel Rechtschaffen
—Reviewed by Christopher Wooleyhand

Practitioner’s Corner
Four-Step Classroom Intervention
—Mary C. Clement

Speaking Up
Principals Need PD, Too
—Victoria A. Reed

Parents & Schools
Put an End to Chronic Absence
—Hedy Chang and Cecelia Leong

Best Practice
Improving Teacher Attendance
—Jim Dermody

The Reflective Principal
Powerful Lessons My Students Taught Me
—Pamela M. Stanfield

Ten to Teen
A System of Support
—Tanika Davis

It’s the Law
Student Suicide and Bullying
—Perry A. Zirkel

A Collaborative Enterprise
—Gail Connelly


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