Resources for New Principals

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The principalship can be quite overwhelming for early career administrators. Continuous reforms and constant demands from multiple levels often create havoc for even the most experienced leader. How can a principal manage the melange of roles and responsibilities facing them each day? Join this conversation, led by accomplished national leaders in the field, and learn success strategies to help manage the principal maze successfully. This session will address:

  • Communication Essentials
  • The Principal as Instructional Leader
  • Creating an Inclusive Environment
  • Special Education: The Principal’s Role
  • Family Engagement
  • Dealing with Challenging People
  • Balancing the Principalship: Personally and Professionally
  • Q&A Wrap-Up

View the PowerPoint here.

Most Popular Resources


Training Program - Reading Recovery
Program and books - Leveled Literacy Intervention and Guided Reading (LLI) developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
Materials and PD - Kagan Strategies developed by Dr. Spencer Kagan
Program - Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching developed by Anita Archer
Programs and online resources - Daily 5 and Cafe developed by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser
Training - Conscious Discipline Training
Program - CGI-Cognitively Guided Instructions available through multiple sources
Program - Brain-Based Learning developed by Marcia Tate
Curriculum - Blueprint for Early Literacy developed by Children's Literacy Initiative

Leadership Growth & Learning

Book and training materials: What Great Principals Do Differently: 18 Things that Matter,* by Todd Whitaker
Books, blog, seminars: Teach Like a Pirate,* Lead like a Pirate, by Dave Burgess
Blog: Principal Principles by Stephanie McConnell
Book: Leverage Leadership by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo

Student Growth & Achievement

Book & training materials: Visible Learning & The Science of How We Learn, by John Hattie
Books and training materials: Teaching with Poverty in Mind, by Eric Jensen

Instructional Leadership & School Culture

Book and training materials: Mindset by Carol Dweck
Book and training materials: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

Education News & Updates

NAESP's Principal Insights
Marshall Memo

March/April 2018
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic Feedback
-How principal feedback is used.
-Who feedback is provided to and received from.
-The most commonly used platforms to communicate feedback.
-What challenges new principals face when providing feedback.

Jan./Feb. 2018
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic PSEL Standards!
-What PSEL Standards are and were created to accomplish.
-How familiar new principals are with the new standards.
-Which standards new principals have got down, and which they might need a little help with. Download

Oct./Nov. 2017
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic Back to School!
-What areas of strengths and preparedness helped you to have a successful school opening.
-The biggest (and smallest) challenges you'll face this year, both professional and school-based.
-Your school demographics, and how they compare to your colleagues! Download

June 2017 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic -How meeting big challenges led to strong areas of success.
-What worked in your schools in terms of organization and communication, staff management, and team building.
-The most (and least) valuable sources of assistance in accomplishing your goals. Download

March 2017 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic -How prepared you are to meet the challenges that student mental health and wellness poses.
-What mental health services are being provided in schools.
-The most (and least) prevalent mental health challenges you see in your students. Download