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Umphrey, Jan – Principal Leadership, 2013
Trevor Greene, the 2013 MetLife/NASSP National High School Principal of the Year, empowers staff members and students to be the best teachers and learners they can be and provides the community resources to support them. In this article, Greene, principal of Toppenish High School in Washington, shares his biggest motivator as a school leader and…
Descriptors: Principals, Social Support Groups, Community Resources, Student Motivation
Treat, Carol Rava – Principal Leadership, 2013
Hundreds of middle level and high schools are trying new strategies to improve attendance as an important path to improving achievement; graduation rates; and in many states, funding. Celebrity wake-up calls are just one of the tactics that school administrators are turning to as they look to leverage their own mix of sizzle and substance to…
Descriptors: Middle Schools, High Schools, Student Motivation, Attendance
Barton, Rhonda; Reed, Bracken – Principal Leadership, 2010
The historic 2008 presidential election provided unprecedented opportunities to engage young people in civic education--including heated classroom debates on contentious issues, social studies lessons on the electoral process, and opportunities to volunteer for national and local campaigns. Civic engagement can take many forms, including…
Descriptors: Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Service Learning, Volunteers
Barton, Rhonda; Stepanek, Jennifer – Principal Leadership, 2009
This article discusses a three-tiered, differentiated curriculum in a response to intervention (RTI) framework that has successfully raised achievement at all levels, but is particularly successful with ninth-grade students. Walla Walla (Washington) School District implemented the three-tiered intervention program as a series of differentiated…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Pilot Projects, Supplementary Education, Curriculum Design
Kassissieh, Julia; Barton, Rhonda – Principal Leadership, 2009
Although practitioners have been asked to make fundamental shifts in their beliefs about reaching all students, the structures of high schools to support that work have not changed appreciably. Teachers teach in isolation, departmental silos lack curricular and instructional coherence across core subject areas, and few teachers share students in…
Descriptors: Teacher Collaboration, Teacher Effectiveness, Professional Development, Secondary School Teachers
DiMartino, Joseph; Clarke, John H. – Principal Leadership, 2008
Successful advisory programs have a number of things in common across a wide variety of schools. They all divide the student body into small groups, usually of 20 or fewer students, that meet regularly with an adult in the school community. In addition to this basic element, successful advisory programs have five other elements in common: (1) They…
Descriptors: Rural Areas, Program Implementation, Resource Allocation, Alignment (Education)
Gering, Steven; Watson, Wnedy; Schulhauser, Travis – Principal Leadership, 2008
Raising student achievement is at the heart of school improvement efforts at North Central High School in Spokane, Washington. Because of the diversity of the student body at North Central, students do not all receive the same message from their families about taking a rigorous course of study that will give them options after graduation. The…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Constructivism (Learning), Educational Change, Teaching Methods
Fedore, Heidi – Principal Leadership, 2005
In 2002, with pressure on students and educators mounting regarding performance on standardized tests, the author, who is an assistant principal at Skyline High School in Issaquah, Washington, and some staff members decided to have a little fun in the midst of the preparation for the state's high-stakes test, the Washington Assessment of Student…
Descriptors: Publicity, Standardized Tests, Assistant Principals, Academic Achievement
Slosson, James – Principal Leadership, 2004
General math students--the first quartile in math--are having trouble passing the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL), and there are several reasons why: (1) They have poor math skills and not much aptitude; (2) They never see all of the needed curriculum; (3) Their learning style directly conflicts with the organizational patterns in…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Mathematics Skills, Cognitive Style, Grading