This pandemic year has significantly expanded principals’ responsibilities and importance in school communities. As the Center for Policy Research in Education has noted in a series of research briefs, principals have taken on new roles as community caregivers, student and staff advocates, and resource connectors. They have also had to manage multiple layers of uncertainty, while frequently shouldering the blame for factors beyond their control. Many principals have found it difficult to pull away from work, including—or perhaps especially—on nights and weekends. 


Principals will also play a central role in schools’ recovery from this period. It will be up to them, in large part, to determine learning priorities, foster instructional changes, sustain and rebuild school cultures and infrastructures, and find ways to root out systemic inequities. It’s not a stretch to say that this will likely be one of the greatest school leadership challenges of our era. 


Appropriately, the articles in this course, from the April 2021 issue of EL Magazine, are designed to provide tools, resources, and ideas to help principals feel and be more empowered to lead change in their schools. While the readings focus on principals, the course is also relevant to other school leaders and those in district roles who support principals.

5 Additional Hours!

The certificate course allows you to earn 5 additional hours of professional development by adding the certificate course to your symposium registration.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Overview

    • Welcome

    • Course Objectives

    • FAQs

    • Before We Begin

  • 2

    Assignment 1

    • Activity 1.1 - Read: The Most Powerful Tool in a Principal's Arsenal by Robyn Jackson

    • Activity 1.2 - Knowledge Check

    • Activity 1.3 - Reflection

  • 3

    Assignment 2

    • Activity 2.1 - Read: What Great Principals Really Do by Jason A. Grissom, Anna J. Egalite, and Constance A. Lindsay

    • Activity 2.2 - Knowledge Check

  • 4

    Assignment 3

    • Activity 3.1 - Read: Constructive Conflict by Robert Feirsen and Seth Weitzman

    • Activity 3.2 - Knowledge Check

    • Activity 3.3 - Reflection

  • 5

    Assignment 4

    • Activity 4.1 - Read: Why Every Principal Should Write a Racial Autobiography by Mark Anthony Gooden

    • Activity 4.2 - Knowledge Check

    • Activity 4.3 - Reflection

  • 6

    Assignment 5

    • Activity 5.1 - Read: Rethinking the "Superhero" Principal Narrative by Soraya Sablo Sutton and Nate Gong

    • Activity 5.2 - Knowledge Check

  • 7

    Assignment 6

    • Activity 6.1 - Read: Growing Principals into Strategic Talent Leaders by Amy Holcombe, Shannon Brown Peeples, and Tina Johnson

    • Activity 6.2 - Knowledge Check

    • Activity 6.3 - Reflection

  • 8

    Assignment 7

    • Activity 7.1 - Read: The Best Laid Plans Can Succeed by Coby V. Meyers and Bryan A. VanGronigen

    • Activity 7.2 - Knowledge Check

    • Activity 7.3 - Reflection

  • 9

    Assignment 8

    • Activity 8.1 - Read: Follow the Instructional Leader by Candice McQueen

    • Activity 8.2 - Knowledge Check

  • 10

    Assignment 9

    • Activity 9.1 - Read: Empowered Leaders Soar with Feedback by Sanée Bell

    • Activity 9.2 - Knowledge Check

    • Activity 9.3 - Reflection

  • 11

    Assignment 10

    • Activity 10.1 - Read: Making Classroom Observations Matter by Lynda Tredway, Matt Militello, & Ken Simon

    • Activity 10.2 - Knowledge Check

  • 12

    Assignment 11

    • Activity 11.1 - Read: What Kind of Leader Are You? by Bryan Goodwin and Kent Davis

    • Activity 11.2 - Knowledge Check

  • 13

    Conclusion

    • Before You Go

    • Final Reflection & Survey

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FAQ

  • Can the course be accessed via phone or tablet?

    The course platform is completely responsive, so you may use any device of your choice.

  • How is learning assessed?

    This course utilizes a combination of Knowledge Check quizzes and written assignments.

  • How are assignments submitted?

    Assignments are uploaded directly onto the certificate platform.

  • Is there a final exam?

    No; there is no cumulative exam or summative assessment. Certificate requirements are met by completing each assignment, (reading/viewing and corresponding activity).

  • What is the deadline for completing the certificate course?

    All assignments should be completed by May 31, 2021, when the course will close.

Limited Availablity!

Course begins April 18, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.

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