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Educators talk about how parents can support principals.

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Tod Lending and David Mrazek talk about the making of their film.

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Tresa Dunbar and Kerry Purcell are two public school principals trying to make a difference.

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Principal Kerry Purcell talks about how important it is to get parents involved in schools.

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Principal Tresa Dunbar addresses the behavioral problems of her students by talking to them and their parents.


The Principal Story tells two stories, painting a dramatic portrait of the challenges facing America's public schools — and of the great difference a dedicated principal can make.

  • Updated on March 25, 2015

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Film Information

The Principal Story (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 15, 2009

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Filmmakers: Tod Lending, David Mrazek Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release


Tod Lending
Tod Lending
David Mrazek
David Mrazek

We have no good schools without good principals.”

— Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; former CEO, Chicago Public Schools


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Critical Acclaim

Here's a film every educator in America would benefit from seeing... a class-act.”

— Matt Fagerholm,
Film Monthly

The excellent and emotionally compelling PBS documentary The Principal Story wisely puts human faces on what could otherwise be a rather dry subject.”

— Maureen Ryan,
The Chicago Tribune

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