Resources for New Principals

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Susan Cotton

New Principal
Lakewood Elementary
Marysville, WA

"[We] set a school-wide reading goal last year tied to goals, not earning prizes. This year we more than doubled our goal, and met it easily. Kids are reading and staff are too! I buy my staff professional books on topics of interest, lead book studies, and highlight their reading in staff meetings. We read one book together in the first year, and this year every one of us read 4."

Most Popular Resources

Pre-K-3

Training Program - Reading Recovery
www.readingrecovery.org
Program and books - Leveled Literacy Intervention and Guided Reading (LLI) developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell
www.fountasandpinnellleveledbooks.com
Materials and PD - Kagan Strategies developed by Dr. Spencer Kagan
www.kaganonline.com/workshops
Program - Explicit Instruction: Effective and Efficient Teaching developed by Anita Archer
www.explicitinstruction.org
Programs and online resources - Daily 5 and Cafe developed by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser
www.the2sisters.com
Training - Conscious Discipline Training
Program - CGI-Cognitively Guided Instructions available through multiple sources
Program - Brain-Based Learning developed by Marcia Tate
www.developingmindsinc.com
Curriculum - Blueprint for Early Literacy developed by Children's Literacy Initiative
www.cli.org

Leadership Growth & Learning

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

Student Growth & Achievement

Book & training materials: Visible Learning & The Science of How We Learn, by John Hattie
http://visiblelearningplus.com
Books and training materials: Teaching with Poverty in Mind, by Eric Jensen
www.ericjensen.com

Instructional Leadership & School Culture

Book and training materials: Mindset by Carol Dweck
www.mindsetonline.com
Book and training materials: Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott
www.fierceinc.com

Education News & Updates

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.

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

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. Download

May 2016 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, and staff management and team building. The most (and least) valuable sources of assistance in accomplishing your goals. Download

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