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Roberts, Rebecca – Principal Leadership, 2013
The author describes the Link Crew transition program that she implemented in 2012 as assistant principal for curriculum and guidance at Villa Park High School in California. She states that administrative and counseling teams at her school had noticed that ninth-grade students struggled in their transitions to high school, with over half of the…
Descriptors: Student Leadership, Transitional Programs, Effective Schools Research, Grade 9
Habeeb, Scott – Principal Leadership, 2013
Across the country, high schools have found that their ninth-grade students have the highest rates of truancy, discipline referrals, failures, and retentions. A school's worst data points are usually found among freshmen. For this reason, proactive schools seek strategies for transitioning freshmen into high school. An effective freshman…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Grade 9, Student Behavior, Student Adjustment
Brunner, Judy – Principal Leadership, 2013
Some educators see the Common Core State Standards as reason for stress, most recognize the positive possibilities associated with them and are willing to make the professional commitment to implementing them so that academic rigor for all students will increase. But business leaders, parents, and the authors of the Common Core are not the only…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, State Standards, Educational Opportunities, Advanced Courses
Imbriale, Ryan – Principal Leadership, 2013
Teachers always have been and always will be the essential element in the classroom. They can create magic inside four walls, but they have never been able to create learning environments outside the classroom like they can today, thanks to blended learning. Blended learning allows students and teachers to break free of the isolation of the…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods
Grundel, Amanda; Pleau, Andrea R. – Principal Leadership, 2013
One of the key literacy skills for a student to possess is the ability to comprehend text, especially in a content-driven course. All teachers can help students learn how to put meaning to text by developing a toolbox of strategies they can use to comprehend difficult material. This article discusses tips for teachers in teaching, monitoring, and…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Reading Comprehension, Progress Monitoring, Student Evaluation
Riordan, Emily – Principal Leadership, 2013
Community service has become a key part of the high school experience, with students eager to set themselves apart from one another on the path to college or to find opportunities to discover and develop new passions, creativity, and leadership skills. The author discusses The Green Apple Day of Service, an annual event that brings volunteers from…
Descriptors: Principals, Sustainability, Conservation (Environment), Environmental Education
Conley, Laura – Principal Leadership, 2013
Professional development generally follows a pattern of presentation and review, but flipping the sessions has garnered a positive response from staff members and prompted greater collaboration and engagement. In this article the author describes the seven following steps to follow in order to prepare for a successful staff development meeting:…
Descriptors: Planning, Faculty Development, Agenda Setting, Educational Technology
Umphrey, Jan – Principal Leadership, 2013
Matthew R. Willis, an assistant principal at William C. Hinkley High School in Aurora, CO, is the 2013 NASSP/Virco National Assistant Principal of the Year. In this interview with "Principal Leadership," he is asked to relate what he believes are his largest accomplishments in his role as assistant principal at William C. Hinkley. He…
Descriptors: Assistant Principals, Administrator Role, Dual Enrollment, Justice
Greene, Buck; Cross, Tracy L. – Principal Leadership, 2013
Secondary school principals face no shortage of issues and challenges when it comes to ensuring that their teachers and students are ready for the Common Core State Standards. With so many issues competing for scarce time and resources, it is understandable that for many school leaders, the needs of high-ability and high-potential students are not…
Descriptors: Principals, High Schools, High School Students, Academically Gifted
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
Dougherty, Eleanor – Principal Leadership, 2013
The inner-city high school in Washington, DC, that Guillaume Gendre joined as an assistant principal had a modest reputation for achievement but was nevertheless challenged to raise expectations for student work. In other schools, Gendre had used assignments--a specific kind of instructional task in which students are charged to think about an…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, High Schools, Assistant Principals, Assignments
McDaniel, Teresa; Jones, Eric – Principal Leadership, 2013
Imagine a school where students walked out of class if they didn't agree with the teacher; where gang violence was prevalent both in and around the school; and where enrollment had dropped from 1,800 students in the mid-'90s to fewer than 500 in 2009, that is the school culture at Jackson Central-Merry High School in Jackson, TN. At the request of…
Descriptors: High Schools, School Culture, Violence, Enrollment Trends
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
Brown, Philip; McNeal, Debi – Principal Leadership, 2013
Like educators everywhere who constantly examine data in an attempt to make decisions to help improve their schools, the authors of this article, a new principal and assistant principal of North Oconee High School in Bogart, GA, looked for ways to lead school improvement instead of just pointing out flaws. They wanted their school to improve, but…
Descriptors: Principals, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Students, Teacher Evaluation
Beitler, Alan; Bushong, Delores – Principal Leadership, 2013
This article describes the Wakefield Cohort program at Wakefield High School, located in Arlington, Virginia, which has a thirteen-year history of success in supporting minority male students. While data show the program's effectiveness, former students' stories are more powerful; therefore, this article presents the stories of two graduates about…
Descriptors: High Schools, High School Students, Cohort Analysis, Males
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