ERIC Number: EJ1032962
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
The Recruitment and Selection of Principals Who Increase Student Learning
Ash, Ruth C.; Hodge, Patricia H.; Connell, Peggy H.
Education, v134 n1 p94-100 Fall 2013
The overall picture that emerges from a review of literature pinpoints two elements that inhibit recruiting and hiring effective principals. Primary hindrances include the growing shortage of qualified applicants in conjunction with a growing student population and the reality of the challenging demands, responsibilities, and complexities of the job. Coupled with the lack of useful predictors or instruments to guide the recruitment, selection, and hiring process, effective superintendents and school boards define and identify substantive indicators to guide their searches. The authors examined current research, analyzed case studies, and observed and interviewed principals demonstrating the ability to increase significantly student learning in schools. An analysis and synthesis of the findings underscore critical principal practices that improve student learning. The critical practices are as follows: 1) Focus on the direction; 2) Build a powerful organization; 3) Give life to data; 4) Ensure a student-focused vision and action; and 5) Lead learning.
Descriptors: Principals, Recruitment, Personnel Selection, Administrator Effectiveness, Goal Orientation, Learner Controlled Instruction, Educational Objectives, Data, Decision Making, Selection Criteria, Employment Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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