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Download the discussion guide for the documentary The Principal Story and use it for facilitating conversation about this film at home, in the classroom or at community screenings.

The Principal Story: Discussion Guide

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This guide is an invitation to dialogue. It is based on a belief in the power of human connection, designed for people who want to use The Principal Story to engage family, friends, classmates, colleagues and communities. In contrast to initiatives that foster debates in which participants try to convince others that they are right, this document envisions conversations undertaken in a spirit of openness in which people try to understand one another and expand their thinking by sharing viewpoints and listening actively.

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Film Information

The Principal Story (60 min.)

Premiere Date: September 15, 2009

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Trailer: Link | Embed

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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