A Network Connecting School Leaders From Around The Globe
THE PRINCIPAL STORY Project couples THE PRINCIPAL STORY -- a critically-acclaimed PBS documentary about school principals -- with specially-prepared materials from the Wallace Foundation to help you promote excellence in education leadership. Whether you are a principal, state or district official, policymaker or concerned parent, please take advantage of the videos and conversation guides here:
A compelling PBS documentary, THE PRINCIPAL STORY portrays the challenges principals face in turning around low-performing public schools and raising student achievement. This intimate, one-year journey is seen through the eyes of two dynamic principals: one in only her second year in the Chicago Public School System; and the other, a seven-year veteran in Springfield, IL. The film shows how these leaders keep their focus on improving teaching and learning amid the competing demands of managing their staffs, as well as the social and emotional issues surrounding their students and communities. The film's principals motivate teachers and students by using data to make better decisions, by offering professional development and training for struggling teachers, and by allocating resources to build a learning community within and beyond the school. THE PRINCIPAL STORY reveals the complex social and political connections among children, parents, teachers, principals and superintendents.