New Leader Resources

By PrinciPal Connection posted 02-18-2013 21:25


The Illinois Principals Association is committed to assisting educational leaders at every stage of their careers.  The following resources are made available to assist new principals and other school leaders at the beginning of their career.  Note:  Some listed resources require your membership in the IPA.  If you are not yet a Member of the largest professional learning network of school leaders in Illinois, JOIN TODAY!

Need a Friendly Voice?
The IPA's Field Coordinators, all former school leaders, are on call ready to assist you with questions or concerns you may have regarding your new position as an administrator.  Click here to find the Field Coordinator who serves your Region.  The IPA's General Counsel & Associate Director Brian Schwartz is also prepared to help you with legal concerns.  Finally, do not hesitate to reach out to your colleagues from around the state by posting a message on IPA Connect.
Follow the IPA on Twitter
Stay connected with the IPA and what is happening in the greater education community by following the IPA on Twitter at  Also, do not miss out on Twitter chats (#iledchat) geared for Illinois' school leaders on Monday nights at 9 P.M. (CST).

Job Transition Worksheet
This document provides you a planning tool to be intentional about starting your new position well.  Download here...
Timelines & Tasklists
Additional "to-dos" to assist with your planning and time management throughout the school year. 
Download here...
Training Required Before Evaluating Certified Staff
As the new school year approaches, it is important to review the training requirements that administrators must complete before evaluating certified staff.  Specifically, administrators must complete/pass State-mandated training modules that have been produced by
Growth Through Learning and approved by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Before an administrator observes (formal or informal) a certified staff member, the administrator must complete/pass modules 1, 2 and 3.  Before evaluating a certified staff member without student growth, an administrator must also complete/pass module 4.  Before evaluating a certified staff member with a student growth component, an administrator must complete/pass all 5 modules.  (Click
HERE to determine when your school district must adopt student growth for teacher evaluations.)

Note that the above modules are required prior to evaluating certified staff. If you are a principal and are required to evaluate your assistant principal or other administrator, you must also complete/pass a set of training modules mandated by the State to evaluate administrative staff.

For more information on the required training modules, see the Illinois State Board of Education’s website.

For information on registering for the training modules, contact your superintendent or your Regional Office of Education.

Publications for New Leaders
Building Culture and the Principal
Building Leadership:  "You Matter"
Dealing with Difficult Teachers
First-time Manager?  Put the Spotlight on Others
How People Accept Change
Leadership Matters
Making Time for Leadership
Parent Teacher Conference Guidelines
Taking Care of You
The One Minute Reprimand
The Principalship 101
Tips for School Newsletters
Tips for Your First Year as Principal
Your First Faculty Meeting
Useful Webinars
The Basics of Group Dynamics by Jim Burgett

View Webinar- Download Handout

Building Resilience and Improving Leadership by Jim Burgett
View Webinar- Download Handout

Converting Confrontation into Win-Win
View Webinar- Download Handout

Creating a Positive School Climate Through Recognition, Appreciation, & Celebrations by Dr. Diane Hodges
Part 1: Start of the School Year
Part 2: Fabulous Fall
Part 3: Wonderous Winter
Part 4: Sensational Spring

Finishing Up the Current School Year & Preparing for the Next by Dr. Linda Marrs-Morford
View the Webinar- Download Handout

The Top 5 Occupational Hazards of Being a Principal by Brian Schwartz
View Webinar- Download Handout

TED Talk with David Pogue: 10 Top Time-Saving Tech Tips
View Talk

Other Resources
National Association of Elementary School Principals Center for New Principals

National Association of Secondary School Principals Center for New Principals

IPA Online Model Student Handbook Service

IPA Model Principal's Contract

Ed Leaders Network
 - Where Educators Gather for Online, On-Demand PD

IPA PD Events Calendar/PD Events Search

IPA Conferences

Illinois Principal Evaluation Plan

Common Core Resources

Legal Resource Library

IPA Podcast Library

School Safety Resources

Bullying Resources

Advocate for the Profession

Ed Marketplace

IPA Staff Contact


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