Designed by school leaders and students, this nationally representative survey explores the opinions of principals, assistant principals, and high school students on the challenges of leading and learning at school as well as their thoughts on mental health, school safety, and how to better meet the needs of all learners.
For many, the last year has been the start of a return to normalcy. But the overwhelming challenges facing school communities continue to shift and escalate, driven by pandemic fallout, a politically fraught landscape and years of burning the candle at both ends.
“Principals in every state are facing enormous challenges resulting in significant stress with no end in sight. The survey results make clear that while we love working with students and teachers, our conditions are unsustainable and if left unaddressed, could result in principal shortages that will be difficult to overcome.”
—Ryan Merriwether Principal of North Junior High School in Evansville, IN