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REL Researcher Featured on Live EdWeek Online Chat

Posted by Ashley Gaddis on December 16, 2016

On Monday, December 19, from 2 to 3 pm ET, REL Northeast & Islands researcher Heather Lavigne will be a featured guest on an Education Week online chat, “The Changing Nature of the K–12 Principal’s Role.

Dr. Lavigne is the lead author of a recently released REL Northeast & Islands study that examined the amount of time school principals spend on the job and what they do with that time. Published by the Institute of Education Sciences, “Principals’ Time, Tasks, and Professional Development: An Analysis of Schools and Staffing Survey Data,” finds that school principals, on average, work nearly 60 hours a week, or 1.5 times the standard, full-time workload.

The online chat will be moderated by Education Week reporter Sarah Sparks, who covers education research. She and Dr. Lavigne will discuss what the data shows about the changing nature of the principal’s role, and how creative school leaders are finding ways to manage their multiple and competing responsibilities. Participants will be able to type questions to Lavigne in a text-based format.

The online chat is open to the public, and anyone with Internet access can participate. No registration is required. Interested participants can begin submitting questions the morning of December 19. They can also sign up on the EdWeek website to receive an email reminder about the event. Learn more here.

On November 1, Sparks wrote a news article about the REL study’s findings and their implications. And on November 9, in response to the study, EdWeek posted a series of videos, called “Principals on the Clock,” that document how six principals across the country spend their long work days.

Learn more about REL Northeast & Islands’ publications.

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