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Sternberg, Don – Principal, 2011
In this article, the author has equated the principal's relationship with the president of the teachers' union as a dance where each wants to lead and yet there is, as in most relationships, a mutual dependency that makes each person realize that there is a time when one leads and a time when one follows. The author presents the details of when…
Descriptors: Unions, Educational Change, Principals, Presidents
Protheroe, Nancy – Principal, 2010
It is clear that family support for students' education is important, but it is also an aspect of educators' work that can be frustrating when repeated efforts to engage families do not seem to pay off in high levels of engagement. In this article, the author takes a few steps back and looks at some important topics related to family involvement.…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Parent Participation, Family Involvement, Family School Relationship
Cooke, Willa D.; Licciardi, Chris – Principal, 2009
How do salaries of elementary and middle school principals compare with those of other administrators and classroom teachers? Are increases in salaries of principals keeping pace with increases in salaries of classroom teachers? How have principals' salaries fared over the years when the cost of living is taken into account? There are reliable…
Descriptors: Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Principals, Salaries
Protheroe, Nancy – Principal, 2008
Teachers' level of confidence about ability to promote learning can depend on past experiences or on the school culture. Principals can help develop a sense of efficacy for individual teachers and for the entire school.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Self Efficacy, School Culture, Principals
Braun, Henry – Principal, 2007
Data collected by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) has consistently shown public school students performing more poorly than those in private schools. But when a more sophisticated assessment model was applied to recent NAEP data for students in grades 4 and 8, the achievement gap narrowed considerably and reversed for…
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade 4, Public Schools, Private Schools
Boles, Katherine C.; Troen, Vivian – Principal, 2007
The authors examine how a public school culture that has resisted a number of promising reform initiatives could be transformed by a Millennium School model based on four basic principles: a multi-tiered career path for teachers; teaching in teams; performance-based accountability; and ongoing professional development.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, School Culture, Educational Change, Public Schools
Rotberg, Iris C. – Principal, 2007
Many nations, including the United States, have had to make difficult decisions that often affect educational equity. This article addresses three controversial issues--parental contributions to public schools, student tracking, and testing practices--by comparing policies in South Africa, England, and China with those in the United States.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Equal Education, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Comparative Education
Brunsma, David L. – Principal, 2006
The movement for school uniforms in public schools continues to grow despite the author's research indicating little if any impact on student behavior, achievement, and self-esteem. The author examines the distribution of uniform policies by region and demographics, the impact of these policies on perceptions of school climate and safety, and…
Descriptors: Student Behavior, Public Schools, School Uniforms, Educational Environment
Principal, 2006
New information on the characteristics of elementary school principals is included in the most recent Schools and Staffing Survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. The results show that the number of public elementary school principals grew from 54,000 in 1993-1994 to 61,000 in 2003-2004. This roughly corresponds to the…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Rural Schools, Principals, Administrator Characteristics
Williams, Alicia R. – Principal, 2006
How do salaries of elementary and middle school principals compare with those of other administrators and classroom teachers? Are increases in salaries of principals keeping pace with increases in salaries of classroom teachers? How have principals' salaries fared over the years when the cost of living is taken into account? To provide answers to…
Descriptors: School Districts, Cost Indexes, Principals, Salaries
Protheroe, Nancy – Principal, 2005
In seeking to answer the question, "Is there evidence that using instructional technology leads to higher levels of student learning?" this report examines research indicating that computer technology can improve student achievement when properly implemented. It identifies four principles that guide effective technology integration and examines…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Technology Integration
Piltch, Benjamin; Fredericks, Robert – Principal, 2005
This article provides experience-based suggestions for principals on how to anticipate and avoid situations involving political considerations in dealings with parents, teachers, teacher unions, the central office, parent organizations, school boards, and community groups.
Descriptors: Unions, Principals
Hademenos, George – Principal, 2005
No one knows a school's weaknesses and needs like its principal, who is often called upon to come up with ideas for programs, products, and services to address them. The problem is that most ideas, whether they involve personnel, equipment, software, or materials, require money. Because most schools operate with limited resources and fixed…
Descriptors: Grants, Grantsmanship
Brazell, Wayne – Principal, 2005
As I reflect on my many years as an elementary school principal, I realize how much more effective I would have been if I had owned a wireless handheld computer. This relatively new technology can provide considerable assistance to today?s principals and recent advancements have increased its functions and capacity. Handheld computers are…
Descriptors: Principals, Computer Uses in Education
Shellard, Elizabeth – Principal, 2005
The key to school improvement in schools with standardized curriculums is the data obtained from frequent assessments of student performance. Principals and teachers can use this data not only to determine how well their students are learning but also to identify areas where intervention or changes in instruction are needed.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Data Analysis, Academic Achievement, Student Evaluation
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