Walking in Their Shadows: ED Officials Team Up with Principals

EducationIn celebration of National Principals Month, dozens of senior ED leaders and staff members are visiting schools today, tomorrow and Thursday across the country as part of an organized effort in which federal education officials are shadowing school leaders.

These shadowing visits, in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of Secondary School Principals and New Leaders, will offer Department staff a glimpse into the daily work of principals, while also providing principals with the opportunity to discuss how federal policy, programs, and resources impact their schools.

To complete the week-long partnership effort, principals and ED staff who participated in the job shadowing will join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Friday afternoon for a debrief discussion to reflect on their experiences and lessons learned. Earlier this year, ED officials shadowed fifty teachers across the country as part of Teacher Appreciation Week.

Stay tuned for stories from our participants and see a complete list of who is participating and at what location.

Cameron Brenchley is director of digital engagement at the U.S. Department of Education


  1. What principals really say:
    “Mr. Obama, our students deserve better. Our teachers deserve better. Our communities deserve better. Please, take a moment to recognize all the damage that is being done to our public schools. Then, let’s move forward. Let’s re-examine the notion that accountability can only exist through an annual exam. Let’s recognize all that our students are losing out on because of our obsession with testing. Let’s stop connecting teacher evaluations and teacher pay to these flawed high-stakes tests, and let’s stop demanding that states seeking an NCLB waiver must do this. Let’s stop blaming teachers. And let’s stop firing staff and closing schools as a way to fix education.”


  2. I really think you should visit our school and shadow our principal, Dr. David Samore, he is “AWESOME”, Okeeheelee Middle School, Palm Beach, Florida.

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