Top 5 Tips for Crushing Your First AP Interview

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Now that you’ve passed the SLLA exam, you got a few more hurdles to get over. Getting your first interview and what to say in that interview, will determine whether  your in a classroom next school year or walking the halls as the “New Assistant Principal”.  Here are a few tips from my forthcoming E-Book, “How to get that First AP Job”.

  1. Before the interview, research the school, “datamine” trends, strengths and weaknesses. See how you can help solve some problems or add to their strengths.
  2. Once in the interview, be open and friendly, talk briefly about yourself, family, educational back ground. Usually you can make a connection, as educators have a strong and wide network.
  3. Be comfortable expressing your educational , instructional, discipline and parent involvement philosophies.  See if you can align it to the school’s.
  4. Be prepared to ask the Principal/Hiring committee questions about the school, like some challenges it’s faced in the past, and how you might help solve some of those issues.
  5. Finally, tell them why you are the best candidate for the job, and how you look forward to being apart of their leadership team.

I know this will be helpful as you begin your search, Good Luck!

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Pearson monitoring social media for security breaches during PARCC testing

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Updated with response from superintendent; Pearson revises statement to make clear it is working with PARCC states; more about social media monitoring during testing.

Pearson, the world’s largest education company, is monitoring social media during the administration of the new PARCC Common Core test to detect any security breaches, and a spokeswoman said that it was “obligated” to alert authorities when any problems were discovered.

The superintendent of a New Jersey school district wrote an e-mail to colleagues (see below) about the monitoring, saying that she found the practice “a bit disturbing.”

Students in New Jersey are now taking the PARCC, a Common Core test created by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, one of two multi-state consortia given $360 million in federal funds to design new standardized tests that align with the Common Core State Standards. PARCC testing is underway in several other states amid a growing opt-out movement by parents who are refusing to allow their children to take the test. Pearson has a contract of more than $100 million to administer the PARCC in New Jersey.

News of the monitoring of social media was revealed in a message that Superintendent Elizabeth C. Jewett of Watchung Hills Regional High School District in New Jersey sent to colleagues about a disturbing episode that she was made aware of by her district’s testing coordinator. It was posted on the Web site of Bob Braun, a former reporter, education editor and senior columnist at the Star-Ledger, who called the monitoring of social media nothing less than “spying.”

Asked for a comment about the monitoring of social media during the PARCC administration, Pearson spokeswoman Stacy Skelly said in an e-mail:

The security of a test is critical to ensure fairness for all students and teachers and to ensure that the results of any assessment are trustworthy and valid.

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Former Atlanta Educators Sentenced to Prison for Roles in Test-Cheating Case

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A Fulton County, Ga., judge sentenced eight of the 11 former Atlanta schools employees convicted in a test-cheating scandal to prison Tuesday, reserving the harshest penalties for those who refused to reach sentencing agreements with the district attorney As a New School Leader, What would you have done?. Read More Here from Edweek.org

Black History Month And The Elementary School Principal

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It’s that time of the year again: Black History Month. In schools across the U.S., this is the time we teach about, read books about, write book reports about and put on performances about famous African Americans. Although there is nothing inherently wrong with this, there is so much more that can and must be done in our recognition of Black History Month; particularly within the context of today’s racial climate across the U.S.

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By: Baruti K. Kafele

Is Education the Most Important Civil Rights Issue of All?

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Education is the single most important asset when it comes to equal Civil Rights, according to First Lady Michelle Obama. She made the remarks while addressing guests at the White House celebrating Black History Month — specifically celebrating the women of the Civil Rights movement. Mrs. Obama highlighted powerful women like Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Carlotta Walls LaNier who both faced the national spotlight for wanting an equal education during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Click here to Read more

What Great Principals Do Differently: Eighteen Things That Matter Most

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With heartfelt advice, practical wisdom, and examples from the field, Todd Whitaker explains the qualities and practices that distinguish great principals. New features include:

  • Developing an accurate sense of self
  • Understanding the dynamics of change
  • Dealing with negative or ineffective staff members

One of the nation’s leading experts on staff motivation, teacher leadership, and principal effectiveness, Todd Whitaker has written over 20 powerful books for educators of every level. Discover what you can do differently.

 

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