#PrincipalProject Blog

Collecting the Right Data to Understand Our Schools

Usually, administrators visit classrooms to observe educators. In the best version, we’re able to see what the teacher is doing that’s really working. And while I am a big proponent of teacher coaching, this past year, our team has focused our lens on the experiences of students in our building through intentional, student shadowing.  The […]

What does strong instructional leadership in math look like?

Three Ways Principals Can Lead for Math Equity As adults, we often carry distinct memories of how we experienced math as students. If we experienced K-12 math in the United States, chances are, we subscribe to one of these common binary beliefs: Either “I’m a math person” or “I’m not a math person.” I know […]

Leader tip: Creating a student spotlight, step by step

One day during a staff meeting, our team was discussing school culture and strategies to focus on student strengths and family wisdom. A teacher spoke about the importance of centering student voice in all of our communications – and that inspired us to create a “student voice feature” for our school newsletter, highlighting one student […]

4 instructional coaching strategies for math teams

As a math coach and education administrator at the county level, I collaborate with leaders and teachers to support mathematics instruction across 23 districts. Every school has its own unique culture, students and staff, and when the collaboration with a school leader begins, I build their instructional leadership priorities into our plans (such as supporting […]

It’s time to mathematize our schools

As a math curriculum specialist working with teachers and school leaders, I find that principals are sometimes a bit apprehensive when it comes to math. Feeling hesitant in a subject that you are not comfortable with is natural. It is what we do with that uneasiness that makes all the difference. School leaders like you […]

3 keys to humanity-first instructional leadership in math

I grew up not understanding mathematics. I didn’t know why at the time; I just didn’t connect with it. When I became an adult, I joined the military and began to retake classes as I worked toward my associate’s degree. I was astounded to find that I liked math. Something that hadn’t made sense to […]

7 ways principals can support LGBTQ+ teachers like me.

This was my first year of teaching, and even though it was a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants experience, it was a lot of fun. I’m excited to come back, largely because of the support I found in my administrators. As a non-binary person looking for my first teaching position, it was important to me to find a school […]