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:
Key Characteristics of a Principal
Vision of Success/Potential Questions for the Candidates
Culture & Climate
Knowledge/Awareness of Cultures
Accepting of everyone regardless of background
Change policies to make them more fair
Open climate – all clubs open to everyone
No one feels “less than”
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?
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.
Why is it important?
How to promote it?
What are common issues around diversity?
Provide examples of promoting diversity in your past.
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.