How to get that First Assistant Principal Interview

How to prepare for that first Asst Principal Interview

As spring approaches, what should school admin interns be doing to help them get that Assistant Principal interview. You’ve prepared and hopefully passed your comprehensive exams, your portfolio is complete and your studying for the SLLA exam. Now what? Here are my top ten things your should do to ensure you get that call back for an interview.

1. Bring something to the table.
You should have an area of specialization that you can bring to a school. In the business world this is sometimes referred as “Value-Added”. What value or expertise can you add to a school? What can the Principal absolutely count on you for? What skills do you have that’s going to enhance or increase student achievement? (Literacy, Math, Technology, Special Education, Discipline, Parent/Community involvement). These are a few of the assets Principals are looking for when considering candidates for Assistant Principal.

2. Cast a wide net.
If possible, look at all the school districts within an hour’s drive of your home. In my area, that gave me many more opportunities to land a interview and possible a job.

3. Use different subject headings when you email about an opening.
This helps you split test to see which one gets the most replies. Be creative. I used, “Innovative Instructional Leader” or “21st Century School leader”. use something to make you stand out from the crowd.

4. Research your potential Schools
Review data from the schools and see what their needs are. Try to match up their needs with your strengths and experience.

Check this resource out, It helped me get to the next level!

Check back later and give you some tips when you get that first interview, and how to prepare for it!

Good Luck!

The New School Leader “Vortex” the SLLA Exam and a Quest for a Mentor.

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I’m going to talk to you about how school leadership stretches you way out of your comfort zone and how you can get yourself put back together. A new school principal has many new things to learn. The culture of a school, district policies, Instructional leadership, school budgeting, just to name a few. All this can get your head on a swivel quickly and have you putting out one fire after the next. Soon you may find yourself spinning around and getting nothing accomplished.

This is what I call the New School Leader Vortex. A new school, a new position, new level of responsibility, ( Did I mention lonely?). This is intensified if you’re at a Title 1 school, have challenges with test scores and have low parent involvement. I found myself in this “Vortex” back in November of this year. I knew I had to reach out to someone who had done this before, and who had done it successfully! As a school leader, sometimes you can take on a superman/woman persona. Thinking you got this, “Im the Principal”, there’s nothing I cannot handle! Nothing could be further from the truth.

The SLLA Exam Practice helped me to prepare for some real-world scenarios. It also helped me frame my vision and my core beliefs, which I mention in