Principal Profile Results

San Jacinto Elementary, May 12, 2016

Dear San Jacinto Faculty & Staff,

Thank you for meeting with me this afternoon to help create a principal profile for San Jacinto ES. Your feedback is summarized below, ranked by the number of responses. This analysis of campus strengths and needs along with corresponding leadership qualities will help ensure we find the best possible candidates.


I look forward to sharing an update in a couple of weeks and then scheduling the campus panel interviews.


Thanks again for your partnership,

Menay Harris

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Top 3 Campus Priorities

1. Parent and Community Involvement: Principal ensures effective communication between school and parents/community. There are several opportunities for involvement.


2. Instructional Leadership: The effective school understands instructional effectiveness within a well-managed instructional program. The principal leads faculty in taking an active role in instructional leadership.


3. Positive Communication - School, Home and Community: The effective school builds trust and communication within the school, parents and community. Forming partnerships with the parents and community enables all stakeholders to support the mission of the school and have the same goals and expectations.


3. Staff Culture: Great staff cultures come from consistent actions that are aligned to the school's mission. Leaders seek input from stakeholders and build systems of cohesive stakeholders.


**Note a tie for 3rd**

Top 5 Characteristics for a New Principal

1. Communication: Communication seems to possibly be the most important responsibility because it is integrated into most aspects of leadership.


2. Discipline: Discipline refers to protecting teachers from issues and influences that would detract from their instructional time or focus. Instructional time is paramount to teaching; more time on task. The principal has the responsibility to decrease the amount of distractions that impact instructional time.


3. Affirmation: Is the communication of accountability. The school leader has the responsibility to praise and celebrate accomplishments, but yet must still have the courage to address negatives.


4. Situational Awareness: Situational awareness is knowledge of what is going on in the school, feelings and emotions, day to day activities. This will allow the leader to anticipate any issues, or be better prepared should a situation arise.


5. Knowledge of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment: Having knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment allows the leader to provide specific, research-based strategies to teachers for improved instruction.

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