Dr. Jim Kahrs is the Executive Director of The Principals Center at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. The Principals Center's mission is "To provide practicing and aspiring school leaders with learning and networking opportunities designed to develop their capacity to create schools that work for all children."
As a high school principal, Jim was highly successful, willing to take risks and always focused on the needs of the kids. Jim talks with us about the challenges facing principals in the past and now and discusses what is most important for a principal to do and know in order to be successful. He also shares his wonderful insights into the role of the principal sharing his own awesome experiences. Additionally, we discuss the role of the Principals Center and how it serves the leaders and school systems of Georgia.
James Kahrs is a clinical assistant professor who received his doctor of education degree from the University of Georgia. He specializes in principal induction, supervision of instruction and school-based leadership.
Kahrs has published on the topics of Peer Coaching, the principal’s role in supporting teacher leaders, and student transition. He has made numerous presentations at professional conferences on topics such as teacher leadership, early college, block scheduling, school culture, mentoring new teachers, learning communities, professional development, and teacher supervision.
Jim was a high school principal for over 21 years split between New York and the state of Georgia, additionally, he was a leadership coach for the University of GA’s Department of Lifelong Education, and was recognized as the 2001-2002 NASSP/Met Life Georgia Principal of the Year, 2001-02.
Jim is married to Dr. Sheila Kahrs, a former middle school principal, Georgia Principal of the Year and the 2010 NASSP/Met Life National Principal of the Year.
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