The NAESP Principal Podcast

For principals, it can be lonely at the top. So it’s always a relief to hear from fellow educators who have been there, done that, and are doing more to advance their leadership. Join principals Dr. Rachael George and Adam Welcome as they discuss best practices, innovative strategies, and pressing topics for today’s pre-K–8 principal with special guests from the education community.

This podcast is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). George and Welcome are fellows of the NAESP Center for Innovative Leadership, which is part of the NAESP Centers for Advancing Leadership.

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A focused and meaningful morning meeting can have a huge impact on student academic and social-emotional learning. Adam and Rachael sit with Oregon educators Sara Hertel and Chris Wyland to talk about...
January 19, 2022
Though it's stating the obvious, a kindergartener learns vastly different from how a senior in high school does. But how is that difference reflected in the work of school leaders? We sit down with Co...
January 5, 2022
School improvement is an essential, ongoing process. But new initiatives are too often overwhelming and cumbersome. We sit down with educator, author, and speaker Douglas Reeves to hone in on what's i...
December 8, 2021
Long time leaders have plenty to teach those new to the job. But the best veteran principals are still learning and growing themselves, despite their many years in the profession. Adam and Rachael sit...
November 24, 2021
Responding to emails can feel like a time-consuming chore that takes away from the more important parts of leading a school. Fortunately, there are smart ways principals can manage their inboxes effec...
November 10, 2021
At their worst, staff meetings can feel monotonous, unnecessary, and frustrating. But there's no reason they can't be productive, worthwhile, and potentially even fun. Principals Allyson Apsey and Jes...
October 27, 2021
Ensuring students are educated in an equitable matter is a critical duty of schools and the principals that lead them. Adam and Rachael sit down with assistant principal and school board member David ...
October 13, 2021
The start of the school year is full of challenges and opportunities, especially for folks leading a school for the first time. First-year Oregon principal Cassiday Hopkins sits down to chat with Adam...
September 29, 2021
Reading a great book remains a tried and true way to learn and grow—that's as true for principals as it is for students. Adam and Rachael sit down with school leaders Majalise Tolan and Brian McCann t...
July 14, 2021
We can't wait to head to Chicago for the 2021 NAESP Pre-K–8 Principals Conference! In this special episode, Adam and Rachel talk about how attendees can make the most of their experience. Between atte...
June 30, 2021

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