For principals, it can be lonely at the top. So it's always a relief to hear from fellow educators who have been there, done that, and are doing more to advance their leadership. Join principals Dr. Rachael George and Adam Welcome as they discuss best practices, innovative strategies, and pressing topics for today's pre-K–8 principal with special guests from the education community.
This podcast is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). George and Welcome are fellows of the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, which is part of the NAESP Centers for Advancing Leadership.
Books for Principals
Reading a great book remains a tried and true way to learn and grow—that's as true for principals as it is for students. Adam and Rachael sit down with school leaders Majalise Tolan and Brian McCann to talk about how important books are to their growth. In this episode, we discuss:
How to pick books
Finding time to read
Supporting reluctant readers
Majalise Tolan is director of secondary education in Lincoln County, Oregon. She is an avid reader, writer, and is currently working on her first book to be released under the Lead Like a Pirate series.
Brian McCann is principal of Joseph Case High School in Swansea, Massachusetts, and a 2018 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year.
Come Together at the Conference
We can't wait to head to Chicago for the 2021 NAESP Pre-K–8 Principals Conference! In this special episode, Adam and Rachel talk about how attendees can make the most of their experience. Between attending insightful sessions from expert leaders, or just meeting fellow educators from far and wide, there's no shortage of opportunities for growth.
For principals, Summer is an opportunity for growth, reflection, and crucially: rest. We sit down with Minnesota principal Jessica Cabeen to talk about how principals can ensure they strike the right balance between taking care of yourself personally and professionally over the Summer. In this episode, we discuss:
Managing Summer goals
Professional vs. personal goals
Grounding yourself amongst the pivots and stress
Tips to recharge
Jessica Cabeen is principal of Ellis Middle School in Austin, Minnesota. She is a regular contributor to outlets such as Edutopia, SavED by Grace, and Principal magazine. As a fellow at NAESP's Center for Middle-Level Leadership, she will be speaking at NAESP's Pre-K–8 Principals Conference this July in Chicago.
You've Landed the Job! Now What?
Congratulations, you've gotten through rounds of vetting, interviews, and are now serving as a principal of your school! But there's still plenty of work to do and challenges to unpack. We sat down with Rosalba Rodriguez—who is about to make the jump from AP to principal in her district—to discuss:
How the process unfolds
How it feels to be in this new position
Advice for aspiring leaders
Thoughts on the first 100 days
Planning for next year
Supervision and Evaluation
Supervising and evaluating teachers effectively is crucial for school success. But too often for teachers and principals it can feel like just a box being ticked. We sit down with Oregon educator LaKeyshua Washington to discuss how to ensure evaluation is seen and used as an opportunity for growth.
In this episode, we discuss:
The good and bad of evaluations and supervision
The difference between supervising and coaching
How to get the most out of the process
LaKeyshua Washington serves as director of teaching and learning-secondary in Gresham-Barlow School District in Gresham, Oregon, supporting middle and high school principals, assistant principals, and teachers in curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Washington most recently served as a middle school principal in Compton, California.
Our Kids Will Be OK
The pandemic has presented daunting challenges for school systems, and there's an understandable fear that it's been a "lost" year for students. But maybe it's not quite as bad as we've been led to believe. Adam and Rachel sit down with Massachusetts principal Liz Garden take a look at the bright side and show how schools have risen to meet these challenges and grown in spite of the circumstances.
In this episode, we discuss:
The response in schools this past year
How resilient students have been
Positive changes and opportunities
Liz Garden is principal of Leroy E. Mayo Elementary School in Holden, Massachusetts.