Students, Parents and Staff Suggest Principal Evaluation Criteria

Students, Parents and Staff Suggest Principal Evaluation Criteria

The Principal Selection Committee, chaired by Assistant Superintendent of High Schools Glenn Baete, hosted a community meeting with students, parents, staff in the Manual Auditorium Thursday 6-8pm. In advance of the meeting, 354 students, parents and staff completed a survey ranking ten aspects of a new principal. The results are shown below. with the key characteristics highlighted in red.

Each group then developed visions of success and potential questions for the candidates for their top characteristics as follows:

Community Key Characteristics of a Principal Vision of Success/Potential Questions for the Candidates
Students Student Interaction
  • Positive impact
  • Positive environment
Culture & Climate
  • Knowledge/Awareness of Cultures
  • Accepting of everyone regardless of background
Diversity
  • Change policies to make them more fair
  • Open climate – all clubs open to everyone
  • No one feels “less than”
Parents Instructional rigor
  • We have 5 distinct magnets and a diverse student population. What does successful instructional rigor look like in this environment? Give examples of what you’ve done?
  • Provide examples of working with teachers not meeting standards
  • How to ensure every student is challenged. Provide examples of individualized learning
Culture & Climate
  • How to ensure open and fair communication without fear of reprisal?
  • What would be visible signs of good culture?
  • What is your experience fostering community in a highly politicized environment?
Staff Communication
  • Respectful manner and tone
  • Staff should “know” things, not hear things from students first
  • How would you handle a weak teacher?
  • How would you handle a concerned parent?
  • Describe a failed communication and what you learned and would do differently.
Diversity
  • Define diversity.
  • Why is it important?
  • How to promote it?
  • What are common issues around diversity?
  • Provide examples of promoting diversity in your past.
Instructional Rigor
  • How to let teachers do what they need to do? (Let them be the experts.)
  • Define rigor – should include risk-taking, innovation, open to alternative pedagogues, encourage collaboration.
  • Rigor is not busy work.
  • Be respectful of the magnets.

The Principal Selection Committee expressed appreciation for the participation by students, parents and staff in the selection process and will use this input as they evaluate the candidates. Once the committee selects the finalists, students will have an opportunity to ask questions of the finalists at a student forum August 27. Final selection is scheduled for September 5 or 7.