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November 20, 2014
by Mariah Cone

“Churn: The High Cost of Principal Turnover” was the central topic for discussion at a convening of principals from National Blue Ribbon Schools on November 10th, 2014 headed by Jill Levine at the U.S. Department of Education.  According to principals there, the central office serves as a major barrier to effective principal work, a problem that must be mediated. #nbrs2014.

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November 20, 2014
by Mariah Cone

According to a GFBrandenburg's Blog on July 17, 2013 – the District of Columbia has a major problem of principal churn.  According to Brandenburg’s research a full 64.6% of DC principals were in their first three years of the principalship.  New figures cited in a live Making the Grade report on KPFW in DC, identified that this year princ

November 19, 2014
by Mariah Cone

Principal Churn at Charters is particularly damning.  In one report 71% of Charter leader respondents did not intend to lead their campus beyond the next five years.  In a discussion posted by EdWize,

“Many charter schools are still led by their original founders, and when they leave, the transition can be tricky.

Charter schools are often starting from scratch when it comes to finding a leader’s replacement.

November 14, 2014
by Mariah Cone

Durham Public Schools in North Carolina is using mentoring as a key strategy to lower their 11% principal turnover.  This rate is 21% higher than the national average.  In a report by the Herald Sun:

“Durham school officials said in September that in addition to reducing principal turnover, the district hopes the mentoring program will help train new and struggling principals and provide extra support to increase principal effectiveness.

November 12, 2014
by Mariah Cone

We love the pop quiz from Education Post

Pop quiz: Which of these statements are true about school principals?

November 1, 2014
by Mariah Cone

“Just a 10 percent reduction in principal turnover in high-poverty schools has the potential to affect a single child’s earnings by $30,024.07.”

October 25, 2013
by Mariah Cone

Recently, I attended a School Leaders Network meeting and was struck by the challenges facing leaders operating schools in the midst of changing standards and assessments.  As one member mentioned, “It’s like we’re changing an airplane while in flight.” 

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