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What Effective Principals Do

Do principals really have an impact on student achievement? Of course they do! Research including my own indicates clearly that principals affect student outcomes. Browse my publications link to find more detailed discussions, but here is a quick summary of … Continue reading

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Student Achievement: Principals Do Make a Difference

The principal’s role has become increasingly complex and difficult as the nature of society, political expectations, and schools as organizations have changed.  Principals today can no longer simply “run a tight ship” and expect things to sail along nicely.  The … Continue reading

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Why Should Principals be Effective Managers?

The role of the principal as an effective manager seems to have fallen out of vogue in discussions about leadership. But before we think too disparagingly about the principal as an administrative manager, let’s consider the various roles that the … Continue reading

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How Do Principals Model Good Instruction?

In my first year as an assistant principal, I evaluated some 25 non-tenured teachers.  One math instructor in particular was struggling.  I monitored her classroom closely as I  began to hear complaints from students, then other teachers, and finally from parents.  … Continue reading

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Getting Past the Excuses in Public Schools

I fear that an excuse culture permeates many of our schools.  Those of us in education find it easy to excuse low performance because of certain contextual factors, especially the low socio-economic status of students.  Schools and teachers really can’t be … Continue reading

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We Need Effective Principal Leadership

For education transformation to become a reality and remain sustainable, we need effective principal leadership. I am passionate in my belief that principals can make a difference in schools. In fact, much of my research has centered on the notion … Continue reading

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