Resources for New Principals

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You’re the Principal! Now What?

Early Career Principal Webinar

A principal's job is astonishingly complex, and its competing demands can be overwhelming, especially in the first few years. In this webinar, join Jen Schwanke, a principal herself, as she provides practical guidance to steer new principals through the period of adjustment and set the foundation for a long and rewarding career. Along with real-life scenarios and critical tips for success, you'll find helpful models of what to do, what to say, and how to say it. This conversation will be a source for ideas any time you encounter a problem and think, "Now what?" It's the beginning of an ongoing conversation about the wonderful and rewarding work of being a principal.

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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

Wisdom from the Trenches: Time Tested Skills and Techniques for Principals (NAESP Webinar)
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
Sage Advice for Early Career Principals (NAESP Webinar)
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
Dealing with Difficult People: Staff, Teachers, Students, & Stakeholders (NAESP Webinar)

Education News & Updates

NAESP's Principal Insights
Marshall Memo

November/December 2019
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic New principals identified what resources they are using to tackle the top five biggest challenge areas their schools are facing: student wellness and mental health; student academic achievement; student discipline and behavior; closing the student academic achievement gap; and parent engagement.

September/October 2019
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic New principals reflected on the start of the school year and identified their challenges, goals, and most important initiatives they would be tackling in 2019-20. Download

April/May 2019
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic We asked new principals to take a retrospective look back on the 2018-19 school year, as well as their plans for the future. Download

January/February 2019
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic We asked new principals what their greatest challenges have been, and the resources, skills, and strategies used to tackle those challenges. Download

November/December 2018
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic -How various topics, from finances to mental health, rank as areas of concern in the school of a new principal.
-Recommended resources found helpful in managing areas of concern. Download