Preparing for the many school administrator or assistant principal interview questions that you may be asked is probably the most overlooked phase of securing a new principal or any other education leadership position. Everyone thinks it is easy until they enter an interview room in front of a panel of educators who judge every move and every word. The more you prepare for an education job interview , the better your odds will secure a job offer. If you took the time to write an achievement-based, skill-focused educational leadership resume with accomplishments, it would help you ace the school administration interview. Be a: Principal? Vice Principal?
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This is Part Two in a multi-part series. You can see Part One here. Justin Baeder is a former elementary principal, and currently serves as director of The Principal Center. He writes about principal performance and productivity at Eduleadership , and is eduleadership on Twitter:. If you care deeply about teaching and learning, should you stay in the classroom or move into a leadership role?
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Although they say it in different ways, researchers who have examined education leadership agree that effective principals are responsible for establishing a schoolwide vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all students. Newcomers to the education discussion might find this puzzling: Hasn't concern with the academic achievement of every student always topped principals' agendas? The short answer is, no. Historically, public school principals were seen as school managers, 5 and as recently as two decades ago, high standards were thought to be the province of the college bound. Only in the last few decades has the emphasis shifted to academic expectations for all.
Do you like tackling big-picture issues in education? Are you good at handling difficult situations? Can you motivate and manage adults as well as kids? Are you ready for a new challenge in your career? Shifting career tracks can mean an investment of time and money.