As principal, what skills, ideas, and strengths will you bring to List that will maintain or elevate the reputation of List Elementary as being one of the best elementary schools in Saginaw County. What vision and plans do you have for school growth?
Upon what basis do you believe school priorities should be established? What would be your first priority?
How will you make sure that all teachers have a voice in the direction of our school?
What are the most important characteristics of an effective school?
What are the three most important goals you would want to reach in our school? Why?
How would you develop the team concept with your staff? With the community?
What do you consider to be examples of appropriate instructional practices at the elementary level?
If you want to bring about change in a school, how would you use professional development to
help the change process?
How have you encouraged professional development in staffs you have worked with in the past?
Describe an effective classroom.
What experience do you have TEACHING, not just administrating, at the elementary level?
What is your opinion on the value of literacy especially at the elementary level and how will you work to promote literacy in our building?
What do you see as the major role of the principal? What qualifies you to be a principal?
How do you build a positive school culture or climate?
What role do you see for the principal in school-based decision making?
How will you maintain staff morale when “the pressure is on” in a high stakes testing and expectations from the community?
What do you see as the first step in initiating successful change?
What steps would you establish to ensure a protocol is clear to all staff?
How would you assist a teacher who has a violent/disruptive student? What would you do to support him/her?
How do you monitor staff members in their compliance with the State Code of Ethics?
Tell us about a time when you had to make a difficult decision, and you knew that whatever you decided, some people would be unhappy.
What steps would you follow if a teacher did not comply with your recommendations after a classroom visit?
How do you react when a parent calls and is upset with something you have done?
When dealing with a discipline problem with a student, what is your major concern?
Upon what criteria would you base your assessment of a teacher?
Give us an example of a time when you used data to identify and solve a specific problem or issue related to student achievement. Please tell us what data you used, what the problem was, what actions you took and the results/outcomes. What data do you believe is most informative for monitoring progress of students in your school?
As a building administrator, what message would you want your school to convey when visitors walk into the building?
On what basis do you judge your success as a principal?
What is the principal’s role in assisting teachers in team planning and teaching?
Simultaneously, you have a student slip and fall in the hallway, a upset parent come in to discuss an unfair grade his son got on his science project and a phone call from the superintendent who needs to talk to you immediately. How do you handle this situation and where do you begin first?
While reviewing the lesson plans of one of your best teachers, you realize she has not been teaching mathematics based on the philosophy of your building. Instead she uses a drill and kill style of teaching. Teachers in your school know to use manipulative and other strategies to reach students. However, this otherwise proficient teacher has not complied. What steps will you take to bring this teacher on board? How would you approach giving this teacher feedback on her observation?
The program director has been spending far more time in her office and less out in the preschool classes and campus, probably due to an increased expectation to manage a growing children’s program. Consequently, the staff is beginning to feel overlooked, detached and disconnected from the director. (SEE HANDOUT)