Principal September/October 2015: Managing Teacher Talent

Just as teachers excel when they can recognize the diverse talents and needs of their students, principals are at their best recognizing the same in teachers. This issue of Principal provides a “balanced approach” to teaching, and ensures principals maximize teacher effectiveness. Inside you’ll find tools for teacher evaluations, classroom management strategies, and how to support “teacherpreneurs” at your school.

*This year Principal magazine and Crayola teamed up once again to release another special arts-themed supplement, which includes stories from winners of the 2014-2015 Champion Creatively Alive Children grants.

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Adapt and Evolve
A supportive culture of reflection guides teachers toward effective Common Core implementation.
Aaron Theil

The Main Points of Teacher Evaluation
To help teachers grow, principals must take on the combined role of supervisor and evaluator.
John F. Eller and Sheila A. Eller

Teacherpreneurs as Agents of Reform
Teacher leaders who incubate and execute ideas for school reform.
Barnett Berry

Common Core Meets Uncommon Kids
Finding common ground with students on the autism spectrum.
Barbara Boroson

Eliminate Ping-Pong Behavior
3 classroom management strategies that inspire confidence in your teachers.
Stephen E. Boyd


Unthink & Unlock Students’ Capabilities
Erik Wahl paints a picture of a way of thinking that could unleash the creativity of educators and students alike.

Leadership for Tomorrow
How to cultivate a mindset of innovation.
Ben Gilpin and Brad Gustafson


From the Editor
Got Risk?
—Kaylen Tucker

New research on teacher leadership, art-infused project ideas, hands-on leadership

Best Practice
Teachers as Coaches Through Peer Observation
—Catherine Beck

Practitioner’s Corner
Flipping and Gaming Into the Digital Age
—Christopher Fee

Raising the Bar
Tear Down Invisible Teaching Walls
—Stephanie Johnson and Diane Watkins

Ten to Teen
A Collaborative Learning Culture
—Amanda Yates and Mike Lepene

Parents & Schools
Five Ways to Boost Family Engagement
—Cynthia Jackson Small

The Reflective Principal
School Lessons
—Ayesha Farag-Davis

Principal’s Bookshelf

Excellence in Teaching and Learning: The Quantum Learning System
By Barbara K. Given and Bobbi DePorter
—Reviewed by Ted Murcray

Impact: How Assistant Principals Can Be High Performing Leaders
By Christopher Colwell
—Reviewed by Sheilah Jefferson-Isaac

It’s the Law
Child Find
—Perry A. Zirkel

Creating an Arts-Infused, Tech-Savvy School Culture
—Gail Connelly