Resources for New Principals

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Ryan Larson

New Principal
Steele Elementary School
Bismarck, ND

“Building a school-community positive behavior recognition system has proved to greatly deter negative behaviors. We still have negative behaviors and trauma situations; however, with PBIS in place we now have more time to work with serious situations vs. marginal issues that used to regularly come up, because kids feel that we are a safe and caring place for them.”

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

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.

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

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