the principal's playbook

Educators and school leaders need support and guidance to build successful schools and ensure they meet the needs of ALL students. The Principal's Playbook is specifically designed to support principals, assistant principals, instructional leaders, school leadership, and aspiring leaders. The Principal's Playbook is dedicated to helping train, grow, and coach the next generation of educational and instructional leadership.


Curriculum analysis and alignment, instructional facilitation, common instructional framework, high impact instructional strategies, using data to inform instruction, professional development, instructional feedback and coaching


Mission and vision, strategic commitments, strategic resourcing, organizational coherence, operational and management, leadership theory, effective leadership practices

"It is clear that closed classroom doors will not help us educate students to high levels. It is clear that what happens in classrooms matters for student learning, and we can do more together than we can do individually to improve learning and teaching..." - Elizabeth City


“Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile.” —Vince Lombardi, Head Coach Green Bay Packers.

While being an educational leader can be stressful and often underappreciated, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences anyone will encounter. You have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of children every day and for generations to come. Be the champion that every child deserves, the person that sees more in them than they ever imagined and the person that will never give up on them.

dr. josh mclaurin ed.d, nbct

Dr. Josh McLaurin is an educational and instructional leader with more than two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, online instructor, athletic coach, teacher-leader and mentor, elementary school principal, middle school principal, high school principal, curriculum specialist, and grant writer in North Carolina, South Carolina, and New York. He earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership at Liberty University with a focus on school turnaround. His educational expertise is in the field of turning around low-performing schools and increasing student achievement. He served as a principal in the NCDPI School Turnaround program at several school levels in North Carolina, where schools moved off the state identification lists. He also served as a high school principal in a Priority School in South Carolina. He has authored several books and journal articles on the topic on instructional leadership and improving student achievement. He created the Principal’s Playbook website ( to help train the next generation of educational and instructional school leadership.

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