Principals Need Support Too

Here’s a short but important story from Marketplace, the business radio program from American Public Media:

“The high cost of principal turnover”

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Addressing the effects of principal turnover at school is teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron, a dynamic teacher, writer, and leader in our field. She’s also an old friend and one of the teachers I visited in my travel and writing project.

The story covers the costs of turnover – both financial and educational. They suggest principals need support, and I agree. I think they omit the importance of adjusting our expectations regarding the principal workload in American public schools. Not only do I think that’s a problem, but I think we have a solution that is viable and actionable: we need more teacher leadership at schools. And while I’m glad Marketplace spoke with Heather, I do wonder why they didn’t speak with a principal or former principal. Still, let’s pay attention to supporting our leaders as well.

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