How 2023’s distinguished principals stand out for serving students

37 middle and elementary school leaders made NAESP's 2023 National Distinguished Principals list for driving academic growth during years of disruption, diversifying their staff and improving outreach to non-English speaking families.

Leadership shifts: School board-superintendent clashes lead to more change

Moreno Valley Unified School District dismisses leader in wake of $27 million settlement with the family of a boy who died in a middle school fight.

9 podcasts prove this superintendent is a lifelong learner and great communicator

"We highlight the people and stories that make the district great," Superintendent Travis Bracht says. "We have covered everything from students telling us about what they enjoyed the first week of school to a conversation about artificial intelligence with our technology director."

These are the top 10 topics school boards are discussing right now

This may come as news to some superintendents and district leaders: Book bans and pride flags are not the main topics of discussion at every school board meeting in the country. Still, school boards are grappling with some complicated topics.

Why this superintendent calls himself an ‘edu-tainer’ in K12 communications

Superintendent John B. Gordon III leads Suffolk Public Schools in telling a positive story about students and staff in the face of political antagonism and racism, deploying social media—Facebook and Instagram, in particular—to keep the community informed and engaged in Suffolk Public Schools' achievements and activities.

Leadership shifts: 4 superintendents split with districts as others head for retirement

Superintendents for Hamilton Southeastern Schools and St. Louis Park Public Schools resigned suddenly as an Arizona school board voted its leader out after getting sued by the state.

Recruiting tools: Why these states are the best places for teachers to work

Can social media—a source of much consternation in K12 these days—play a crucial role in whether the states your districts call home remain among the best (or worst) for educators? Superintendents and their teams should consider leveraging Instagram, X and other platforms to connect teaching recruits with more experienced educators who can share reasons to come work in the district, advises Ramon Goings, an associate professor in the Language Literacy & Culture Doctoral Program at the University of Maryland.

One-on-one video podcasts help this superintendent connect with kids

Lewis Brooks, leader Shelby County Schools, makes it a priority to regularly highlight his students' and staff members' "interests and exceptional accomplishments."

How Mt. Diablo Unified leader and his team are controlling the narrative

Frequent and enthusiastic communication is Superintendent Adam Clark's top tool in maintaining enrollment and combatting misinformation.

3 superintendents depart, a history-making hire and more relocations

In a historic hire, LaShakia Moore was named the first Black superintendent of Florida's Flagler County School District after two months of serving as the interim.

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