U.S. Education Department Officials Visit, Learn from School Principals During ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week


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As part of ED Goes Back to School Principal Shadow Week, dozens of Education Department officials spent time this week learning about the work of principals by job shadowing them at school.

More than 45 principals paired up with Education officials, which gave the department an opportunity to see the successes and challenges of implementing reform efforts at the school-level.

Many staff members shadowed principals in the D.C. metro area, in addition to schools in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Virginia. In Baton Rouge, La., Acting U.S. Deputy Security of Education Jim Shelton shadowed Principal Viola Jackson as she made her rounds through Capitol Middle School, part of the East Baton Rouge Parish School System.

“This is a valuable opportunity for us to learn what principals do to improve instruction and increase student performance in schools,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “It also enables us to honor the work of our nation’s school leaders. Great principals are among the keys to America's children getting a first-rate education. The department is thankful for the principals who opened up their schools to our entire team and provided us with this unique opportunity to learn more.”

Today, Duncan met with Education Department employees and their principal “shadowees” to debrief with them on their principal shadowing experiences and how they may apply it to their work at the department. The Education Department is partnering in the effort with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and New Leaders.

Below is a list of sites where department staff shadowed school principals this week:
Beers Elementary School in Washington D.C.
Burrville Elementary School in Washington D.C.
Eastern Senior High School in Washington D.C.
Hyde-Addison Elementary in Washington D.C.
Kramer Middle School in Washington D.C.
Langley Elementary School in Washington D.C.
Maury Elementary School in Washington D.C.
Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington D.C.
Seaton Elementary School in Washington D.C.
The Academies at Anacostia in Washington D.C.
West Education Campus in Washington D.C.
Academy of Hope in Washington D.C.
Paul Public Charter School in Washington D.C.
Washington Latin Public Charter School in Washington D.C.
Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School in Washington D.C.
Capitol Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boston Collegiate Middle School in Boston, Massachusetts
Henderson Elementary School in Boston, Massachusetts
Albert Einstein High School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Cloverly Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Flora M. Singer Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Forest Oak Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Francis Scott Key Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Germantown Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Oakland Terrace Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Robert Frost Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Roberto Clemente Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Seven Locks Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Sligo Middle School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Spark Matsunaga Elementary School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Watkins Mill High School in Montgomery County, Maryland
Clinton Grove Elementary School in Prince George's County, Maryland
Hyattsville Elementary School in Prince George's County, Maryland
James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Prince George's County, Maryland
Barcroft Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia
Barrett Elementary in Arlington County, Virginia
Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington County, Virginia
Campbell Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia
Gunston Middle School in Arlington County, Virginia
Nottingham Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia
Patrick Henry Elementary School in Arlington County, Virginia
Stratford Program in Arlington County, Virginia
Tuckahoe Elementary in Arlington County, Virginia
Spring Hill Elementary School in Fairfax County, Virginia