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What Every (New) Principal Needs to Know

About Franchesca WarrenFor fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator’s Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren’s work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.Shaking, Sanitized Hands: Building New Student Relationships while Grieving Old Ones – November 19, 2020Class Divide in Emergency Learning: A Crisis Overseas – September 10, 2020Practicing Self-Care in the Midst of Chaos – August 31, 2020Do the Work: Equity Symposium for Teachers – August 23, 2020Universities Collaborate on the Biggest Experiment in Higher Ed: Reopening – August 3, 2020The Day of Teacher Self-Care is Happening August 1, 2020 – July 21, 2020Do the Work: A Conversation Around Anti-Racist Teaching in K-12 Schools – June 14, 2020My Daughter Has Found Her Passion Using Getty Unshuttered – May 11, 2020Dear Teachers of the Arts: The World Still Needs You – April 30, 2020Urban Districts Warn That 275,000 Teacher Jobs Could Be At Risk Due to COVID-19 – April 30, 2020For some principals, the 2019-2020 school year will be their first time taking the helm of a school. Yesterday, we asked a question from a new principal to  our 100,000+ subscribers about what a new principal should NEVER do and here are the answers they gave:
New principals should NEVER…
talk data on the first day you meet your teachers.
not back their teachers in front of students or parents
fail to communicate with staff.
never forget you are still a teacher.
make your first days about test scores.
say what a teacher should have never done in front of or to students.
ask for your teacher’s opinions when you already have your mind made up.
never say you don’t give a (you know what) about research and philosophies! 
be afraid to stand your ground with parents when a teacher has done everything that they should have.
stay in the office all the time and take for granted the teacher’s input.
play favorites-you don’t think we notice, but we do. This really brings down the morale of the building. This pits people against each other. It makes teachers not want to open up and have real communication. It stinks..don’t do it.

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For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator’s Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren’s work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

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