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TAGGING ALONG I U.S. Department of Education officials shadow school principals Nick Fortuna t might be hard for misbehaving students to believe, but some U.S. Department of Education officials were recently looking forward to visiting the principal's office. That's because October was National Principals Month, and the officials, including Secretary Arne Duncan, spent time shadowing principals to examine how federal policy affects schools. The program marked its third year in 2014 and helped spur the 2013 creation of the Principal Ambassador Fellowship program, which allows several outstanding school principals to work at the department and ensures that principals are represented in policy discussions. Three principals were selected as the first Principal Ambassador Fellows and are serving through next summer. Jill Levine, the 2014-2015 campus principal ambassador fellow and principal of Normal Park Museum Magnet, a pre‑K through eighth grade school in Chattanooga, TN, coordinated the shadowing visits on behalf of the department. The program showcases the increasingly complex role of principals and how that role has been affected by federal policies and programs such as teacher evaluation and the implementation of college and career ready standards. The visits give principals an opportunity to share how their leadership is key to the success of any education reform. Here's a look at how three principals spent their day while being shadowed. Gaithersburg High School On Tuesday, October 28, Principal Christine Handy‑Collins of Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, MD, was sure to be busy. It was homecoming week for 20 Principal Leadership | January 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal Leadership - January 2015

From the Editor
Bulletin Board
Cases in Point
Healthy Schools, Healthy Students
2015 NASSP National Principal of the Year
Tagging Along: U.S. Department of Education Officials Shadow School Principals
Making Space for New Leaders
Hitting the Learning Target
How to Support Grieving Students
Partnering With Millennial Parents
Building a Better Principalship
Creating Opportunity for Struggling Students
What Connected Educators Do Differently
Promoting Excellence
Instructional Leader
Breaking Ranks in Practice
Discussion Guide

Principal Leadership - January 2015