About The Main Idea

Jenn David-Lang founded THE MAIN IDEA in the spring of 2007 because she witnessed too many school leaders who were so busy with the day to day responsibilities of running their schools and organizations, that they had no time for their own professional development. Through THE MAIN IDEA, education leaders have ready access to the most current and powerful ideas in education to help them serve as strong instructional leaders.

At THE MAIN IDEA we believe that school leadership is most successful when it is focused on instruction and learning. For this reason, we choose books that help school leaders develop a strong repertoire of effective ideas and practices to help teachers improve student achievement.

Jenn has worked in the field of education for over 25 years. She has had a wide range of experiences in both teaching and administration. She founded and directed Providence Summerbridge, a nonprofit to raise the academic achievement of urban middle school students; she taught both math and English; she created and provided professional development for educators; and she has helped to start a number of New York City schools. Currently, Jenn designs and leads professional development workshops and provides leadership coaching in addition to running The Main Idea.

Jenn received her principal’s certification and Ed.M. from the Bank Street College of Education. Through all of these experiences, she has seen firsthand that principals just don’t have enough time to keep abreast of the latest ideas in education.

Please contact Jenn David-Lang at J.David-Lang@TheMainIdea.net with comments or suggestions.

What People are Saying About The Main Idea

“Principals and other front-line educators find it very difficult to read professional books and magazines during the school year. They look balefully at the teetering guilt pile on the corner of their desks and berate themselves for not staying on top of the latest thinking in a fast-moving field. Jenn David-Lang has part of the solution: she writes a cogent summary of a carefully selected book and sends it to subscribers by e-mail each month. What seemed impossible is now within reach.”

—Kim Marshall, The Marshall Memo (www.MarshallMemo.com) and former Principal, Mather Elementary School

“THE MAIN IDEA is a brilliant and long overdue idea. As a principal who prides himself on being an instructional leader and keeping up on the latest educational books, but lives the busy life of a school leader, this is exactly what I have been waiting for. Great books. Great summaries. Great professional development ideas. Too good to be true.”

—Mark Federman, Principal, East Side Community High School, NYC

“Jenn David-Lang has the heart of a teacher, the brain of a think tank, and the patience of a librarian. THE MAIN IDEA puts all these talents together to cut through the word weeds in the edu-press, and shows us the flowers that have the power to make our classrooms and schools brighter and better.”

— Norman Atkins, Founder and CEO, Relay Graduate School of Education

“There is a real need for what you do – just like the “Executive Book Summaries” in the business community — teachers and administrators are incredibly busy and need a way to get access to these books.”

— Douglas B. Reeves, Ph.D., The Leadership and Learning Center

“Jenn David-Lang is a person of intelligence and good sense whose experience in education is considerable and varied.  THE MAIN IDEA is a good idea that is both interesting and useful.”

— former Brown University Professor Emeritus and Lecturer at the Harvard Graduation School of Education, Ted and Nancy Sizer

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