Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Survey: Only 30 percent of principals must prove leadership to get hired

CRPE's survey on Washington State leadership is featured on the Seattle Times Education Lab Blog.

Excerpt from the blog by John Higgins.
Aspiring K-12 principals in Washington state typically interview with lots of people — the superintendent, principals, teachers, students and parents.

But few applicants are asked to demonstrate their leadership before they get the job, according to a survey of Washington superintendents and principals published last month.

Taking a “walkthrough” of a school is one way applicants can show potential employers their ability to observe classroom instruction, evaluate what they see and offer teachers constructive ideas for improvement.

Although 65 percent of principals in the survey said walkthroughs could help them show their leadership potential, only about 30 percent reported doing a walkthrough before they were hired, according to the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a think tank affiliated with the University of Washington Bothell.
Read the full blog.