Question #2- I’ve worked as an Assistant Principal for the past 10 years. I’ve worked in middle, high and elementary schools. I’ve gotten glowing evaluations, parents love me and my students adore me. The only problem is that I can’t get promoted to Principal. I think it’s because I’m not in the “clique” in the district that gets all the new jobs. Help me before I walk into work next week and quit!
I am glad you enjoy your position and that there is evidence that others see the value you offer to the school community. Unfortunately, even in larger districts, the “clique” you mention lives in most districts. Try evaluating the “clique” with an unbiased eye. Why/how does this group exist? Are most active members of professional organizations–did they all happen to attend high school or college together? Typically, there is some tie that binds the group, so you need to figure out what it is. I am not saying that you should try to weasel your way into this group, but you do need to make sure your name and talents are recognized throughout the district.
Perhaps they think you are content with being an AP and haven’t learned of your desire to move to principal. I consider myself a modest person, but when I was concerned about the program in which I teach, I learned how to brag. Contact your local media about the great programs and projects going on at your school that are spearheaded by you. Write articles for the district newsletter, website, and any professional organizations about the positive changes and growth in your building. Nominate your teachers and staff for awards to show that you recognize talent.
Once those who have the power to hire you see all of the great things you are doing for education on a regular basis, your resume will definitely make it to the top of the pile for the next round of principal interviews.
If this doesn’t work, perhaps you should start looking at other school districts close to your city. A forty-five minute commute to the next town may not be such a bad option if you are a principal in a school you love and where your gifts and talents will be recognized. Good luck, and let The Educator’s Room know what happens!