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Old 07-31-2007, 04:44 PM
 
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I will have the opportunity to be part of an interview team to hire my building's new principal. We are a K-6 public elementary school. We have had 4 principals in the last 11 years. (2 left to climb up the administrative ladder, and 2 left because they found out that being a principal was not their cup of tea.) It would be nice to find one that will stick around. What questions would you ask if you were part of the team?


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I have been on the last 2 hiring committees for new principals at my school. Here are some questions that we asked:

1. Tell us about yourself. (career experiences, certificates/endorsements, etc.)
2. Tell us about your leadership style.
3. What do you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses?
4. What is your experiences working in or with special programs such as bilingual, gifted and talented?
5. What is your philosophy on team teaching?
6. What are your feelings and/or thoughts about heterogeneous vs. homogeneous grouping?
7. How do you react when a parent calls and is upset with something one of your teachers has done?
8. What do you see as the curriculum facilitator’s role in working with your staff? Describe a curriculum project that you have led in your building (or would like to led) as an administrator and your role in the process.
9. How do you plan on making the transition into your role as a principal of OurTown Elementary School?
10. How do you tell someone he/she is not doing their job effectively? What steps would you follow if a teacher did not comply with your recommendations after a classroom visit?
11. What kind of discipline plan do you expect from the teachers working on your campus?
12. Describe ways that you plan on contributing to or facilitating support amongst colleagues and staff morale.
13. What is your vision for parent participation in the school and what steps will you take to achieve this vision?
14. What role do you think technology should play in the classroom and in the school? How important is the integration of technology into the curriculum?
15. What is the single most important quality a principal should have?
16. Why do you want to be the principal of OurTown Elementary School?
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Old 07-31-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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What are your strengths and weaknesses?
What experiences have you had as an educator that will shape you ase an AP?
What do you see as the role of inclusion? How do you see yourself supporting inclusion?
What would you do to maintain a high level of morale?
What do you expect of your staff?
Explain how you would help a struggling teacher.
How would you handle a persistent discipline issue with the student, parent, and teacher?
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Thank you Bassett lover and AMac for your suggestions. I am eager to see how this all works out. I just want to make sure we have a "good fit" for our school.
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Don't forget to ask how s/he would help/support the school improvement goals.


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