Resources for New Principals

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Sarah Von Esh

New Principal
Settles Bridge Elementary
Suwanee, GA

"Our district initiative is personalized learning. To that end, we are focused on providing students with learning that is tailored to their specific academic, social-emotional, and physical needs and ensuring that teachers are provided with the associated PL to help that happen."

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

November 2016 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic -How informed you and your peers are about ESSA.
-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.

March 2016 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic How your schools are funding your After School and Summer Programs. What ingredients you think make for a successful After School and/or Summer Program. The most (and least) popular types of After School and Summer Programs. Download

February 2016 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic - How principals are getting their kids to read more inside and outside of school.
- What types of professional development in literacy are available for your teachers.
-The most (and least) popular literacy programs in your schools. Download

December 2015/January 2016 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic How often during the school year your teachers and yourself are evaluated, and by whom. What types of training you've received to conduct staff evaluations, and how prepared you feel to do so. The most (and least) valuable measures that lend to a positive and productive evaluation process. Download

October 2015 Rise & Shine

Focus Topic How the first days of a new school year played out. The biggest school and professional challenges of a new principal. How new principals communicate with the various peoples that interact with the profession, from students to the school board. Download