Category Archives: Elementary Angle

Returning to School During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Some Factors to Consider

By Andrew Hawk I can remember when back-to-school planning consisted of hours of discussing how to best prepare students to pass state standardized tests. At the time, the planning process felt impossible. For several years, “annual yearly progress” seemed to … Continue reading

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How Principals Can Help Teachers Avoid Burnout

By Andrew Hawk Teacher burnout is a phenomenon that negatively affects teacher performance and in turn negatively affects student performance. Having just completed my 20th year as an educator, when I reflect back on my career up to this point, … Continue reading

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Reflections on My First Year as Principal

By Andrew Hawk My hire date for my first and current administrative job was June 11, 2019. I started working at my school almost immediately. Now that my first year is coming to an end, I can honestly say that … Continue reading

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COVID-19: The Importance of Empathetic Leadership During a Crisis

By Andrew Hawk I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe these days. Last week saw the order for schools in my state, Indiana, to remain closed for the rest of the year. School districts are still responsible for delivering … Continue reading

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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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