Resources for New Principals

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

You're the Principal! Now What (NAESP Webinar)
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

New Principal Connection

Focus Topic In NAESP’s publication Pillars, Practices, and Priorities for Effective Principals, there are three key practices to build culture. Survey two reflects questions pertaining to each key practice.

April/May 2020
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic As the school year comes to a close, the National Panel of New Principals reflects on their overall experience as new administrators both prior to and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Download

January/February 2020
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic First and second year principals shared insights into mentoring and its impact on their role as new administrators. Download

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. Download

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