As schools move towards digital learning environments, it is necessary to foster leadership at the school level to support the transition. Principals play an important leadership role not just in modernizing educational settings, but in re-imagining the use of space and school time to provide students a consistently personalized, technology-rich learning experience. Principals are uniquely positioned at the intersection of education practice and policy to advance that transformation. Working with local and regional school boards, superintendents, teachers, students and community members is essential to the effective implementation of digital learning in schools. Specifically, principals interact with the superintendent and school board to understand policies and practices, as well as new initiatives within the district. Principals are often the face of the school in the community – working with local businesses and libraries and other community organizations on a variety of issues. And, most important for promoting a vision of student empowerment, principals lead and provide professional learning opportunities to teachers to support their instruction, development their leadership and—ultimately–advance student learning. Some of the key areas of concern that principals might encounter as they implement digital learning in their school include professional learning and community partnerships.

Professional Development

How can digital tools support my teachers in acquiring professional learning opportunities?


Community PartnershipsHow can principals educate the community on learning in the digital age? How can principals create partnerships with the community to support academic and extracurricular activities?

Impact of the Principal on School Culture and Climate

This video presents interviews of teachers from Caldwell Early College High School about the impact of the principal on the climate and culture of a school.


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