ERIC Number: EJ793664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Tooting Your Own Horn?
Gibbs, Greg K.
Management in Education, v22 n1 p14-17 2008
The need for educational administrators at all levels has been the subject of much attention for many years now. The shortage seems evident. The numbers of qualified applicants for principal and superintendent vacancies seems at an all time low according to local personnel departments and human resource officers. Where there previously had been 20 or more applicants for a superintendency they are now seeing a half-dozen and of those six only a few carry the experience and qualifications necessary to truly run a school district. Search after search in the local area has been reopened after the pool of candidates is simply too small. School districts find themselves putting advertisements for openings in publications beyond their area to encourage quality professionals to apply and come to the area. This was something that was simply not done nor needed 15 to 20 years ago. In this article, the author calls on educational administrators to begin tooting their horns by stepping up and sharing with teachers those positive experiences, feelings and elements that make being an administrator worthwhile to help encourage quality teachers to step up and consider becoming administrators. (Contains 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Superintendents, Educational Administration, Principals, Employment Qualifications, Administrator Qualifications, Career Change, Teacher Promotion, Teacher Leadership
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