Stories

Axios Mar 13
SaveSave story

Why good grade school principals matter

Classroom
Students learn to use computers at Creighton's Corner Elementary School in Ashburn, Virginia. Photo: Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post via Getty Images

David Brooks' N.Y. Times column, "Good Leaders Make Good Schools," spotlights the importance of grade school principals in setting a culture "by their very behavior — the message is the person."

Why they matter: "Principals raise expectations and alter norms. ... When you learn about successful principals, you keep coming back to the character traits they embody and spread: energy, trustworthiness, honesty, optimism, determination."