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.

View the PowerPoint here.

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

Wisdom from the Trenches: Time Tested Skills and Techniques for Principals (NAESP Webinar)
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuuI_XEYQiM&feature=youtu.be
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
Sage Advice for Early Career Principals (NAESP Webinar)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujHyzVSHbFI&feature=youtu.be
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
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
Dealing with Difficult People: Staff, Teachers, Students, & Stakeholders (NAESP Webinar)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diuk5emZpyI&feature=youtu.be

Education News & Updates

NAESP's Principal Insights
www.naesp.org/principal-insights
Marshall Memo
www.marshallmemo.com

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.

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

September/October 2018
New Principal Connection

Focus Topic Back to School!
-The greatest challenges (and successes!) new principals met.
-What district-level initiatives are being addressed.
-Where and from whom new principals received the most help. Download