There are currently 16 principal positions that are officially open, according to CPS, currently being led by APs and other leaders (presumably network staff) in the meantime while the search continues.
Is that a lot, or not many, compared to previous years? I know that the job is a tough one, increasingly so given the teacher evaluation and budgeting responsibilities, but 16 openings doesn't seem all that high, frankly, given all the stories about abrupt departures and raids from other districts.
What do you think? Also -- does anyone know the list of schools? CPS hasn't gotten it back to me, and I only know of one spot -- Ravenswood, whose job posting is below.
People keep saying that the pool is shallow and small (not a good combination) -- it seems like it's changed dramatically in recent years. I'm told that there are only 50 names in the current eligible pool [Principal Candidate Pool under Board Policy # 13-0227-P02] which also seems low.
RAVENSWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT
School name/address: RAVENSWOOD ELEMENTARY 4332 N. Paulina St.
Administrative grade : XX
Submit to: Greg Janes, LSC Chair
To apply, candidates must submit their resume, cover letter, and requested application materials to email@example.com as outlined in Principalship Position Informaton section of the bulletin. Additional attachments will not be accepted.
Please submit your cover letter and resume using the following format:
Last Name. First Name Cover Letter / Resume
Ex: Smith. John Cover Letter/ Smith. John Resume
This is a four-year performance contract. The applicant must be an eligible member of the Principal Candidate Pool under Board Policy # 13-0227-P02 “Requirements for the Selection of Chicago Public Schools Principals.” Please see Principalship Position information or visit www.cpsleaders.com
Application deadline: August 20, 2013
Position overview: Principal, Ravenswood Elementary School
The mission of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is to ensure that every child in every community has access to a high quality education and graduates ready for college and career. To fulfill our mission, we are seeking innovative, entrepreneurial, results-oriented school leaders with a deep sense of responsibility and commitment, not only to the students in their schools, but also to the communities in which their schools reside. Principals at CPS are key levers for change and are critical to the success of our schools.
At Chicago Public Schools, we expect principals to:
- Create powerful professional learning systems that guarantee exceptional teaching and learning for students
- Champion teacher excellence through a focus on continuous improvement
- Establish, nurture and protect a culture driven by college and career readiness
- Empower and motivate families and communities to become engaged in student learning
- Relentlessly pursue self-disciplined thinking and actions
Ravenswood Elementary is a fine and performing arts magnet-cluster school located in a residential neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side. Ravenswood draws from and thrives on the rich diversity of its immediate neighborhood and beyond. Its students benefit from a community of dedicated teachers and families who go above and beyond expectations every day to create innovative and enriching learning experiences for the school’s 480 students.
Ravenswood’s educational philosophy revolves around inquiry-based learning, the readers’ and writers’ workshop model, and balanced literacy. Arts are fully integrated into every child’s experience at Ravenswood in a sophisticated and aligned way that reinforces core learning and individual development. Ravenswood also incorporates positive discipline into its teaching approach, and considers social-emotional learning to be as integral to each child’s development as math, reading or science.
Instructional focus: Workshop model, social-emotional development, arts integration, inquiry-based learning.
At least three years of proven, successful experience in a school-based leadership position in a comparable school district.
Master’s degree in education or a related field of study from an accredited institution.
Valid State of Illinois Administrators Certificate (Type 75)
Current CPS Principal Eligibility Status at the time of selection.
Desirable Skills and Abilities
- Implements knowledge of the Core Curriculum State Standards (CCSS) as demonstrated through development of effective unit and lesson planning aligned with data-driven practices.
- Demonstrates proven experience in improving student outcomes and a belief that all students can achieve at a high level
- Has experience promoting parental involvement in student learning
- Fosters a culture of mutual respect among children.
- Supports teacher growth through meaningful and constructive evaluation
- Demonstrates knowledge and experience implementing current best practice instructional models, ongoing assessment, and differentiated instruction.
- Fosters a culture of shared leadership and continually creates new leadership opportunities among staff
- Develops teaching staff that motivate and inspire students who learn at different abilities, including those with special needs and English language learners, as well as those performing above grade level.
- Fosters a culture of mutual respect among teachers. Creates a culture of transparency and collegiality through open, direct, and sincere dialogue.
- Displays an ability to build and sustain effective relationships with businesses, community and other external partners, and to promote Ravenswood creatively through outreach and marketing strategies.
- Uses strong communication skills to promote Ravenswood School, school philosophies, and various opportunities with various constituents in the local and surrounding community.
- Engages parent and community support to promote the mission and vision of Ravenswood School. Promotes leadership beyond teaching and school staff to engage parent and community leaders in meaningful ways.
- Managerial Leadership
- Possesses excellent analytical, administrative, problem-solving, and organizational skills.
- Has demonstrated expertise in school operations, budgeting, task delegation, time management, and task prioritization.
- Possesses the ability to navigate CPS central office bureaucracy. Has a proven track record of projecting and managing school budgets as well as pursuing additional resourcesand leveraging existing dollars.