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Report: Principals Need Teachers’ Help With Administrative Work

In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 photo, Burgess-Peterson Elementary School  student teacher Nicole Devoe, right, watches as third grader Samson Hall, works through a lesson as part of Atlanta Public School's after-school remediation program in Atlanta. Anxiety is high among students and teachers with state standardized tests set to begin Tuesday. A lot of focus and criticism has been aimed at the tests, known as CRCT in Georgia, since one of the nation's largest cheating scandals erupted within the Atlanta Public Schools system a few years back that included allegations that teachers and principals changed scores to inflate performance. While criminal charges are pending against 35 former Atlanta educators, the district has been working on a system-wide remediation program aimed at helping those directly affected by the cheating scandal and others who have simply fallen behind. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
In this Thursday, April 18, 2013 photo, Burgess-Peterson Elementary School student teacher Nicole Devoe, right, watches as third grader Samson Hall, works through a lesson as part of Atlanta Public School's after-school remediation program in Atlanta. Anxiety is high among students and teachers with state standardized tests set to begin Tuesday. A lot of focus and criticism has been aimed at the tests, known as CRCT in Georgia, since one of the nation's largest cheating scandals erupted within the Atlanta Public Schools system a few years back that included allegations that teachers and principals changed scores to inflate performance. While criminal charges are pending against 35 former Atlanta educators, the district has been working on a system-wide remediation program aimed at helping those directly affected by the cheating scandal and others who have simply fallen behind. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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New research from The Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) suggests school principals may need some help getting the job done. 

“One of the things that we’re finding — and that we know to be true — is that the role of the principal is just growing increasingly demanding and complex,” says Meca Mohammed, vice president of operations and talent for GLISI.

The idea is to figure out where principals need help, then size up teachers’ skill sets to see if they can pitch in. But Mohammed admits it’s a delicate balance, trying to avoid burying teachers in more work.

“How can we get creative with ensuring that we’re not overburdening or overtaxing these individuals at the classroom level who step up to assume leadership responsibilities in the school?” she says.

Some districts have already started thinking this way. For example, Atlanta Public Schools and Fulton County School System offer financial incentives for teachers who take on leadership roles.

GLISI says its next step in its research will focus on resources and strategies for principals to support teachers who take on more responsibility.

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