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POSTSCRIPT

An Innovative Approach to
Personalized Learning
Tested strategies can help you provide each student with a personalized experience
By L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

C

oming off a
successful NAESP
annual conference
this summer in
Spokane, Washington,
I was struck by the
enthusiasm for "The
Exchange" sessions
led by Andy Jacks and
Hamish Brewer. Jacks
and Brewer, fellows
of NAESP's new
Center for Innovative
Leadership, used a
live interview format
to showcase principals
who are sharing the strategies they use to move their
schools beyond the status quo. The experience captivated
principals because it quenched their thirst for innovative
ideas that will help personalize learning to move students
toward academic success.
The biggest hurdle in executing new strategies,
however, is not in the approach itself but rather in
sustaining the innovation over time and scaling it to
broader impact. According to Driving K-12 Innovation, a
new series from the Consortium for School Networking
(CoSN), an initiative for which NAESP is on the advisory
board, that hurdle can also be the hardest to overcome because "institutionalizing innovation requires a

TIME TO CELEBRATE-AND ADVOCATE
In addition to wishing you all a successful start to the school year, I
also want to wish you a happy National Principals Month. NAESP-
along with the National Association of Secondary School Principals
and the American Federation of School Administrators-has once
again declared the month of October National Principals Month. In
addition to celebrating your leadership, this year we are asking you
to advocate for real change in the principalship to get the support
you need. Find more information, sample language, and templates at
www.principalsmonth.org.

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systematic, iterative approach, including ways to identify
effective practices to scale and sustain."
Implementing and assessing innovative instructional
programs, initiatives, and technologies requires principals to master key leadership practices such as building
culture, empowering people, and optimizing systems.
These practices are outlined in NAESP's newly released
Leading Learning Communities: Pillars, Practices, and
Priorities for Effective Principals. The guidebook provides
a concise and practice-oriented philosophy of the principalship that is organized around:
„ Pillars: main areas of focus that define the "what" of
the principalship;
„ Practices: corresponding strategies for "how" effective
principals operate; and
„ Priorities: a shared set of core beliefs that describe the
"why" behind what effective principals do every day.
As you continue to lead your learning communities
dynamically, NAESP stands committed in supporting
you with research-based, practitioner-tested strategies
that will help you provide each student with the personalized experience they deserve.
L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE, is executive director of NAESP.
Connect with him on Twitter at @efranksnaesp.

The executive summary
of Leading Learning
Communities: Pillars,
Practices, and Priorities
for Effective Principals is
available at www.naesp.org.
The full guide is available for
purchase on Amazon and at
www.naesp.org.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Principal - September/October 2019

From the Editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Getting to Why
A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
Models of Voice and Choice
When Rural Gets Personal
Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
New Sensation
The Language of Learning
Giving Back, Together
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Early Career
Raising the Bar
The Reflective Principal
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
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Principal - September/October 2019 - From the Editor
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Snapshots
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Principal - September/October 2019 - 5 Things
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Getting to Why
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Principal - September/October 2019 - A Brighter Future for Personalized Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Models of Voice and Choice
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Principal - September/October 2019 - When Rural Gets Personal
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Research Roundup: The Personal Touch
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Principal - September/October 2019 - New Sensation
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Language of Learning
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Giving Back, Together
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Principal - September/October 2019 - In the Spotlight
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Practitioner’s Corner
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Early Career
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Raising the Bar
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Principal - September/October 2019 - The Reflective Principal
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Principal - September/October 2019 - Speaking Out
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