ERIC Number: ED311529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Guidelines for Selecting Secondary School Principals, 1989.
Albright, K. C.; Nottingham, Marv
Effective principals are distinguished by their strong leadership, their focused approach to change, and their highly developed analytical skills. The screening and selection process used in reaching the decision to employ such a principal is critical; districts often fail to gather comprehensive information about candidates and fail to thoroughly assess the skills needed for exemplary leadership. Of the array of desirable personal characteristics and skills, eight were selected for inclusion in this model of secondary school principal selection, including the skills of leadership, analysis/problem solving, and organization and planning. Steps in the district's selection process suggested by this model include: (1) developing a job description; (2) deciding the scope of recruitment, recruitment period, and the application requirements; (3) developing and training an interview panel; (4) collecting and screening application files; (5) selecting, assessing, and rating the candidates; and (6) selecting a final candidate. Little attention is given in this model to common courtesy or protocol which would help candidates feel at ease and keep them informed; these human-relations factors are left to the discretion of local district personnel. Appendices contain various forms, addresses, and suggestions for the mechanics of secondary school principal recruitment, evaluation, and selection. (13 references) (KM)
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Administrator Selection, Leadership Qualities, Personnel Selection, Principals, Search Committees (Personnel), Secondary Education, Supervisor Qualifications
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Idaho Administrative Assistance Center, Boise.
Note: Based on the first author's doctoral dissertation, University of Idaho. Printed on colored paper.