Category Archives: Administrators

How School Principals Can Respond to the Coronavirus

By Andrew Hawk In my career as an educator, I have experienced medical scares including bird flu, swine flu, SARS, and Ebola. The area in which I taught was hit hard by the bird flu during the 2009–2010 school year. … Continue reading

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Banning Suspensions for Disruptive Behaviors Will Make Us Better Teachers

By Beth Baker, M.S.Ed., and Char Ryan, Ph.D., coauthors of The PBIS Team Handbook: Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior Across the United States, 16 states and the District of Columbia have laws prohibiting or expressly limiting the suspension of … Continue reading

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Lessons and Observations from My First Month as School Principal

By Andrew Hawk I have told many people (and I wrote in a previous blog post) that the first year of teaching is the best and worst year of a teacher’s life. Now that I am several weeks into my … Continue reading

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What Happens When the Principal Has First-Day-of-School Jitters?

By Andrew Hawk When I first became a teacher, I intended to teach for ten years. Afterward, I wanted to transition into either administration or college instruction. By the time I started a graduate program in educational leadership, I knew … Continue reading

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Making the Case for Mindfulness in Your School or District

By James Butler, M.Ed., author of Mindful Classrooms: Daily 5-Minute Practices to Support Social-Emotional Learning (PreK to Grade 5) I’ve had the honor of starting a mindfulness program in the Austin Independent School District (AISD) based on years of experience … Continue reading

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