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The Price of Excellence: Managing the Stress of Leadership

How hard should we push ourselves? Educators are known for being a hardworking, selfless lot. This can be good for kids, because it means they get our best, but it’s not always sustainable. Kids don’t benefit when we burn out (more on this below). Do you know a fellow principal who’s had to take a […]

Staying In The Game: Preventing Principal Burnout

According to this report from School Leaders Network, replacing a single principal can cost a total of $75,000—or more. Isn’t that a staggering figure? Keep in mind that the $75,000 figure doesn’t include salary…those are just the costs of replacing a principal who doesn’t stay. If you consider the cost of: Recruitment Hiring Onboarding Training […]

Seeing Is Believing: The Johari Window & Professional Growth

Know Thyself. —Ancient Greek proverb, attributed to Socrates If we’re to improve our practice as educators, we need to know how we’re currently doing, and honestly assess what we need to change. But that’s not as easy as it sounds, because it’s pretty hard to know yourself. Heck, I can’t even tell if my shirt’s […]

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Duncan Not Backing Down on Annual Testing

From the Washington Post: Arne Duncan insisted on Monday that the administration would not back away from annual testing for students and performance evaluations of teachers based in part on the results of the tests. Read more at The Washington Post »

The Principal: The Most Misunderstood Person in All of Education, by Kate Rousmaniere

Over at Larry Cuban’s blog, historian and educational leadership professor Kate Rousmaniere describes the paradoxes of the principalship, rooted in the role’s unique history. It’s such a rich piece that it’s hard to pick out just one quote, but here’s a sample: The complex role of the principal is not an accidental by-product of history; […]

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