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Fast Fact: 81 percent of teachers report that they find themselves dipping into personal time to apply
student data to their lesson plans and teaching practices. -Data Quality Campaign,
"Teachers Want to Use Data but Can't Go It Alone"

E A R LY C A R E E R

pipeline." Opponents are concerned
that softer approaches to school
discipline will create disruptive classrooms, serving as a distraction to
students as they learn.
In short, teachers feel that school
discipline is not working, especially in
high-poverty schools, and that state
policymakers and advocates need
to listen to what teachers are saying
about what's best for students.
High Expectations: Discipline Reform
Through the Eyes of Teachers, a Fordham
Institute survey conducted in partnership with RAND Corp., is available
online at fordhaminstitute.org/
national/research/discipline-reformthrough-the-eyes-of-teachers.

The New
Principal Connection
Early career principals have a unique
set of challenges on top of the ones
that veteran principals face. To learn
about those challenges-and strategies
to overcome them-we went straight
to the source: panelists on the NAESP
National Panel of New Principals
(NPNP). What topped the list?
„ Time management (22 percent);
„ Implementing change
(19 percent); and
„ Understanding school politics
(14 percent).
New principals also noted that
working with parents, assessing
classroom instruction, providing
staff development, evaluating staff,
using data in decision-making, and
receiving feedback on leadership
skills posed challenges, too. But no
one surveyed found challenges in
implementing team development,
creating a clear school vision, or
using technology.
Successful Solutions

Principals on the panel offered strategies to address their challenges. Their
suggestions?

Kurt Brewer (@KurtBrewer10): My family is key for me. They
keep me grounded, pick me up, and are always open and honest
with me.

„ Reach out to colleagues to see how
they manage their time.
„ Display a status board in the lobby
that updates visitors and staff on all
activities in the school, attendance
rates, positive phone calls home, and
suggestions for reading and math.
„ Offer job-embedded staff
development.
„ Have parent office hours.
„ Develop collective commitments, a
common set of values, a mission statement that is reflective of purpose,
and a clear vision for future work.
„ Set goals and incorporate action steps.
„ Have direct conversations with
stakeholders and practice self-care
to manage stress.
The good news is that despite
being stressful, the job of principal
is extremely satisfying. And most
respondents seem to have a good
idea of what the principalship
entails: 62 percent said the job is
what they expected; 16 percent said
the job is better than expected.
To learn more about the NPNP,
view results of other NPNP surveys,
or to become a panelist, visit
newprincipal.org.

Want to connect with your
peers? Contribute to the
conversation by following
@NAESP on Twitter.

Jillayne Flanders (@jillflanders): Biographies and autobiographies of
leaders in all walks of life. Particularly inspiring [was] Madeline
Albright, and through @NAESP, I had the opportunity to speak with
her at the National Leaders Conference.

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from the editor
Snapshots
5 Things
Intertwined for Achievement
Planting the SEAD
Making PLCs a Plus
Measuring Up
Look Out for the Leader
Engagement Across the Generations
The Sum of Its Parts
Putting the “Fun” in Fundraising
NAESP 2019 National Distinguished Principals
In the Spotlight
Practitioner’s Corner
Raising the Bar
Principal’s Bookshelf
School Law
NAESP Partners & Advertiser Index
Speaking Out
Parents & Schools
Parents & Schools
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