#PrincipalProject Blog

#PrincipalHack roundup: 5 ideas your fellow leaders love

As your school year gets under way, we wanted to share some favorite #PrincipalHacks from your fellow leaders, covering everything from family connections to must-have supplies. Thank you for everything you’re doing to support teachers and students right now – from big undertakings to small, meaningful “hacks.”

Why I turned staff meetings into “Faculty Huddles”

I stopped holding staff meetings three years ago. You know, the kinds of meetings where a school leader makes a series of announcements about deadlines, and teachers passively listen (or maybe do a little grading).  After some serious self reflection and feedback from my staff, I replaced them with “Faculty Huddles,” where our team gets […]

Using Student Data to Inform Equity Goals

As my district’s director of equity and inclusion, I know how much school leaders care about promoting success for every student, beginning on the very first day of school. This year is off to a complicated start, and I also know that it can be easy to feel like we’re already behind on planning anti-racist […]

3 Pillars for Building a Restorative Practices Culture

My journey with restorative practices is similar to that of a lot of folks who believe in the power of student relationships.  After years as a teacher, assistant principal and then as a principal in Baltimore, I’d seen the impact that investing in relationships can have on school culture and on students’ futures, and I […]

Student-ready resources for college and career planning

“When our students are planning their futures, they count on the adults in their school communities for guidance. But for many of us, our own college application experiences happened a long time ago – and career and college planning processes have changed immensely. We might be able to tell our students, ‘Back when I was […]

How to get all-staff buy-in on restorative practices

As you lean into planning for a new year, I know you are thinking through how best to support students in what will hopefully be a more normal year. I’ve worked in several schools as a leader, and what I’ve learned is we have to teach to the heart before we can teach to the […]

3 Steps to Intentional Instructional Leadership

As a school leader, I know that if my team and I can promote academic success for our students, we can set them up to achieve so much in high school and beyond. If I want to encourage students to excel, I have to equip teachers to excel – and that means working deliberately to […]