The Principal Story

The Principal Story"Leadership is an essential ingredient for ensuring that every child in America gets the education they need to succeed." - Education Leadership: A Bridge to School Reform, The Wallace Foundation

The Wallace FoundationTHE PRINCIPAL STORY is a national film and outreach project that aims to elevate the visibility of leadership as a lever for school improvement. Funded by The Wallace Foundation, the documentary and related video and print materials are designed to connect educators, policymakers and those interested in learning more to reliable, useful resources.

The Principal Story is a production by PBS' acclaimed P.O.V. television series, premiering Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET1. The KET production, Kentucky Principals, Leading by Example, a televised panel discussion about the differences made in Kentucky public schools when principals are the academic leaders, airs one hour prior to The Principal Story at 9/8 p.m. CT. Watch the trailer.

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Download The Principal Story Field Guide: A Companion to the PBS Documentary for Promoting Leadership for Learning, produced by the National Staff Development Council, accompanies THE PRINCIPAL STORY documentary and Clip Reel. Aimed at practicing and aspiring principals and principal trainers, supervisors and mentors, the Field Guide offers guidance and resources to turn viewing into professional learning experiences that focus on effective leader performance to improve teaching and learning.

• For more videos related to The Principal Story project, visit our School Leadership Resources page.

The four video vignettes below feature innovative examples of efforts to strengthen education leadership in diverse settings around the country. After watching the videos, viewers can use the accompanying conversation guides to help them more deeply investigate the issues, strategies and actions raised by the videos.

click to play videoBuilding a Better Pipeline to the Principalship - The SABLE Story
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click to play videoClosing the Achievement Gap - Oregon's Bold Plan
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click to play videoNew York City's Leadership Academy
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click to play videoSAM I Am - Making the Time for Effective Instructional Leadership
Download the Conversation Guide .pdf