Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I thought I'd follow up on two of my previous entries, and start posing some questions that should be considered when evaluating a school administrator. I'd be glad to hear anyone else's thoughts.
These are in no particular order.
1. Does the administrator do a good job hiring quality staff?
2. Does she/he hire staff which reflects the diversity of the student community?
3. Does she/he do a good job retaining the proven/quality teachers already on staff?
4. Does she/he facilitate a school-wide effort on developing a positive school climate in which all students feel safe and welcome?
5. Does she/he facilitate a school-wide effort to create a schoolwide climate where all students can excel to their best level?
6. Is staff development meaningful?
7. Are staff meetings well-used (as opposed to being wastes of time)?
8. Are meetings with parent groups well-thought-out to encourage parent participation?
9. Does staff feel like they are connected to school wide efforts?
10. Do teacher concerns get adequately heard and dealt with?
11. Do parent concerns get adequately heard and dealt with?
12. Do teachers get adequate support for their initiatives?
I know I'm missing some really important questions, but this is a start.