While the importance of effective teachers to students’ learning has received a great deal of attention in recent years, the role principals play in ensuring that students have access to excellent teaching has received much less consideration. Principals play a critical role in developing a strong teaching workforce within a school by hiring teachers, assigning them to specific positions, evaluating them, and providing growth opportunities for them.
In addition, as states and districts reform teacher-related policies and programs, principals will be crucial actors in ensuring their success. For example, principals play a vital role in implementing more rigorous evaluation systems and providing teachers with feedback to improve their performance.
Join us for a conversation with experts in research, policy, and practice to discuss how principals fulfill their critical role as a manager of educator talent and the opportunities and constraints that they face in their work. We will launch the conversation with a paper by Morgaen Donaldson that provides findings from a study of 30 principals in two northeastern states about how they perceive their roles.
Morgaen Donaldson, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut
Benjamin Fenton, Chief Strategy Officer and Co-Founder, New Leaders for New Schools
Stacey McCann, Principal, Henry C. Dwight Elementary School, Hartford, CT
Lori Nazareno, Co-Lead Teacher, Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy, Denver, CO
Robin Chait, Associate Director for Teacher Quality, Center for American Progress