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        The Principal Story: Principles of Leadership

        This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, The Principal Story, which follows the activities of two school principals, one a veteran and one a novice, during the course of a school year. Classrooms can use this film and its companion website resources to explore the nature of leadership.

        http://www.pbs.org/pov/principalstory/video_classroom1.php

        The Principal Story: Meet the Principals (Clip 1 of 3)

        This clip introduces Tresa Dunbar and Kerry Purcell, two public school principals. Tresa is starting her second year as principal at Henry H. Nash Elementary School, which prior to Dunbar had six principals over a five-year period. Kerry is shown in her sixth year at Harvard Park Elementary School. During her tenure as principal, test scores increased by approximately 45 percent in reading and 50 percent in math. This clip from the film is also associated with The Principal Story lesson plan

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        The Principal Story: Getting Families Involved (Clip 2 of 3)

        In this second clip from The Principal Story, Principal Kerry Purcell talks about how important it is to get parents involved in her school. She visits the homes of all of her students and encourages the parents to participate in school activities. Students should consider what qualities define a good leader. This clip is associated with The Principal Story lesson plan

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        The Principal Story: Addressing Student Behavior Issues (Clip 3 of 3)

        In this third clip from The Principal Story, Principal Tresa Dunbar tries to address the behavioral problems of her seventh graders. She talks to her students directly, and organizes a meeting with their parents where she explains the problem. Students should discuss what qualities and skills are strengths for Principal Dunbar, and where she might find room for improvement. This clip is associated with The Principal Story lesson plan.

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