New England Secondary School Consortium

League Members

Principals’ Professional Learning Group

Next Meeting: January 30, 2020, 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester,
700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 

Meeting Materials

  1. Agenda
  2. Grading and Reporting for Educational Equity
  3. Grading and Reporting Self-Assessment
  4. Equitable Community Engagement Sustainability Indicators
  5. Community Engagement: Moving Toward Equity
  6. Equitable Community Engagement District Policy Exemplar
  7. Three A’s Protocol
  8. Tuning Protocol: Examining Adult Work
  9. Consultancy Protocol: Framing Consultancy Dilemmas
  10. Feedback form

For questions regarding the PLGs, please contact either of this year’s Principals’ PLG Facilitators:
Ted Hall |
Jean Haeger |

Guiding Documents


The goal of the Principals’ PLGs is to support principal professional development and the implementation and support school change in service of creating more equitable schools for all students. Through our work participants will:

  • Identify connections, exchange ideas and foster professional relationships in order to support the leadership of school change.

  • Apply new learning and perspectives to dilemmas and work related to creating equitable outcomes for all learners.

  • Apply knowledge and develop strategies for implementing school change.  

Principals' PLG NORMS
  • Respect time and agenda
    • be on time, follow agenda, focus on what the presenter needs
  • Be present and participate fully
    • listen actively, engage in the protocol, take risks and encourage risk-taking, monitor your own air time
    • phones off or if must be on, on silent and let the group know; computers closed–unless needed in presentation
  • Seek to understand
    • recognize and name your own assumptions
    • ask questions to understand others’ statements and positions
  • Maintain confidentiality
    • ok to share what you learned but not the details of other participants’ comments or specifics of who shared what

2019-2020 Meeting Schedule



    Tuesday, October 29, 2019

    Four Points by Sheraton, Norwood, MA

    Thursday, January 30, 2020 

    DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown
    Manchester, NH

    Monday, March 23, 2020

    In-person at NESSC School Redesign in Action Conference
    pre-conference session


      Quotes shared by prior Principals’ PLG members

      “Through this process, I have gained resources, a new network, and clarity in how to navigate the challenges of changes as well as how to celebrate the work.”

      “There are a thousand questions around how to implement proficiency-based models in schools, and I can’t say enough about the PLG’s resources and thoughtfulness. You learn as much by listening as you do by presenting.”

      “As a leader, our work often isolates us, and it is quite beneficial to join with our colleagues for support. I learn from their experience and gain insight about working with my own school community.”

      “I ALWAYS leave a PLG thinking differently about some aspect of my work, and the reverberations of the PLG echo throughout my reflections for many weeks and months after the meeting. I am able to engage in a level of discourse about leadership which occurs nowhere else in my professional life, but which I deeply value.”

      Archived Meetings

      January 18, 2018, Manchester, NH

      March 27, 2017, Hartford, CT

      Connecticut Convention Center,
      Hartford, Connecticut

      Meeting Materials:

      click to download

      Pages from Consultancy Protocol (2)
      Consultancy Protocol (Groups 3 + 4)
      Pages from Modified tuning_adult_work March 2017
      Modified Tuning Protocol (Groups 1 + 2)
      Pages from Principal_PLG_All_Contacts
      PLG Participant Lists
      Principals’-PLG-Feedback March 2017_Page_1
      PLG Feedback Form

      March 26, 2015

      Coming soon


      2015 Principals' PLG Orientation

      2015 Principals’ PLG Orientation Webinar

      Hear from GSP Staff and Principal, David Pearson, Ellington Middle School, CT.

      watch now

      2016 Principals' PLG Orientation

      2016 Principals’ PLG Orientation Webinar

      Hear from GSP Staff and Principal, Steven Dellinger-Pate, U-32 Middle/High School, VT.

      → watch now