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Top Ten
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These ten Administrator's Desk articles were among the most popular articles of 2009.

Game Room Enhances School Turn-Around
One principal invested in a high-tech game room that is a powerful student motivator.

Fitness Program Fortifies Bodies, Minds
Friendly competition teaches students about nutrition, losing weight, improving test scores.

Bus of the Month Program Drives Better Behavior
Unique program honors the bus with the most thumbs up for good behavior each month.

Artsonia: Online Gallery Raises Funds, Art Awareness, Self-Esteem
An online resource makes connections with families as it raises money for schools.

Mix It Up at Lunch Day Teaches Tolerance
More than 8,000 schools and 3 million students participated in Mix It Up at Lunch Day.

Principals Make Reading a School-Wide Goal
Pledging to read pages and buddying up for reading are two fun school-wide reading strategies.

Sugar Ban in School Yields Positive Results
A principals mission to change students eating habits also improved academics, behavior.

Student Spellers Earn Dollars for School
A school-wide spell-a-thon yielded $15,000.

Are You Smarter? Events Get Students Heads In the Game
TV game show events encourage students to excel on standardized tests.

Teachers Observing Teachers Sparks Discussions, New Ideas
A principal shares how to encourage more collaboration and reflection among your staff.

Education World
Education World
Education World


New in 2009! Education World introduced a new blog for school leaders, Of Principal Concern. If you have not checked out this new weekly feature, explore a few of the practical entries you missed since we started blogging for you:

  • Heimlich Training for Staff Can Be a Lifesaver
  • What Are You Doing to Motivate Your Test-Takers?
  • Video PD Spurs Engagement Through Humor
  • In the Face of Budget Cuts, Principals Get Creative
  • Every-Day Practice Pays: The Proof Is in the Test Scores
  • How Did Your Students Recognize Earth Day?
  • Kids Get Off Their Butts, Join the Movement
    See more blog entries in our Of Principal Concern blog archive.


    Education Worlds Principal Files principals respond to monthly questions. The result: some of the most popular and practical articles of 2009, including these:
    School-Wide Rewards Improve Behavior, Boost Achievement
    Tips for rewarding achievement, character, attendance, behavior, more.
    Every School Has One: Tips for Working With Negative People
    Principals share how they deal with staff members who spread negativity.
    The Questions I Wish Id Asked When Interviewing for the Principalship
    Ten principals offer the questions they wished theyd asked.
    See more articles from this series in our Principal Files archive.


    Looking to nail your next meeting with a good idea? Tighten up staff relations? Hammer out some great test scores? Just drill into our new Principal Toolbox for all the tools you need!
    Currently under construction:
    Grand Opening in January 2010.


    Education World has teamed up with the National Network of Partnership Schools to share these stories and more about schools that are bringing together parents and the community to help ensure student achievement:
    Feeding a Community
    One school's food drives involves students in every step of the process.
    "Pizza Party Patrol" Delivers Great Attendance
    Students who get themselves to class may earn rewards tangible and tasty.
    Cultural Experience Night
    This event improves students relationships and interactions with each other.
    Non-Fiction Has Character With Biography Blitz
    The Biography Blitz contributes to this schools AYP success.
    Math Flies Off the Shelf
    Families use common off the shelf products to build math skills at home.
    See more articles from this series in our Partners for Student Success archive.


    Focus On...
    Our archive of Focus On... articles provides practical ideas on dozens of topics of interest to school leaders -- everything from getting the school year off to a smooth start to crisis management. More topics: Discipline, Fund Raising, Hiring New Teachers, Reading Achievement, Recess Management, Testing, Traditions...

    How I Handled
    Principals share lessons learned from their experiences.

    Grant of the Week
    Grants expert Don Peek offers new grants each week. Check out the latest additions to our Grants Center. And check back often for updates. And dont forget to sign up for our free bi-weekly Grants Newsletter.

    Exceptional Events
    A year of school-wide events that spotlight students and involve parents.

    Take Five
    Each week we take 5 minutes to share five quick tips. In our Take Five archive, we offer advice for planning effective and fun staff meetings, recognizing and celebrating student achievement, helping first-year teachers succeed, and much more.

    Instant Meetings
    Are staff meetings getting to be a drag? Here are three dozen principal-tested ideas for meetings that work.

    Newsletters 'R Us
    Copy and paste this free content into your teacher or school newsletters.
    Fun Facts
    Math @ Home
    quotED: Education Quotes
    The ABCs of Student Success
    Caught on the Web
    Newsletter Clipart Library
    Parent Newsletter Templates


    Ivan Kershner, known to students and colleagues alike as Mr. Ivan, has been writing poetry for more than 40 years. His poems should ring familiar to all educators. Click a title below, and enjoy!
    Bringing Elephants to School
    One Child Left Behind
    The Teachers Messy Desk
    See more poems from this series in our Principal Poet archive.


    Our Administrators Desk columnists -- all experienced school leaders -- challenge and motivate us to improve our approaches and our schools. At the end of 2009, we are proud to spotlight this inspiring team.

    Pete Hall
    Pete Halls efforts at turning around one underperforming school earned him ASCDs Outstanding Young Educator Award. In his Education World columns, Hall challenges all school leaders to always strive to be a better you!

    Diane Hodges
    An award-winning educator, highly acclaimed speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Diane Hodges' weekly Looking Forward to Monday Morning columns present a wealth of ideas administrators can use to drive staff members happy!

    Paul Young
    A former national Principal of the Year and past president of NAESP, Paul Young brings a unique perspective on school leadership and a cheerleading spirit to his Young @ Heart columns.

    Carlton Ashby
    The newest member of our Admin Desk columnist team is actually a kindergarten teacher. But his powerful messages about building relationships with students always resonate with principals who've seen him speak at state and national conferences.

    Leah Davies
    Educator and counselor Leah Davies is the creator of the Kelly Bear character building resources for children ages three to nine. Her practical advice is always a huge help to principals and the teachers they mentor.

    George Pawlas
    A principal educator and author of The Administrator's Guide to School-Community Relations, George Pawlas shares ideas to help principals create successful schools in his regular Pawlas on PR columns.


    Are you looking for books to help you improve instruction in your school? Motivate teachers and students? Improve school climate? Increase parent involvement? Click the links below to see a few of Our Editors' Choices of recommended books. Then it's your turn to share titles that you recommend and tell why you value them. With your help, we will build the best list on the Web of Best Books for leading schools of achievement and caring.
    Energizing Staff Meetings
    The Sixty-Second Motivator
    Case Studies for Teacher Problem Solving
    Failure Is Not an Option -
    Six Principles That Guide Student Achievement in High-Performing Schools

    A Survival Kit for the Elementary School Principal Being a Successful Principal: Riding the Wave of Change Without Drowning
    How to Differentiate Instruction in Mixed Ability Classrooms