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Assistant Principal Position Overview and Application Process

Applications for 2018-2019 DCPS Assistant Principal positions are now open.

DCPS is seeking talented, dedicated leaders who have the skills and experience to lead our schools and the desire to help transform DCPS into the highest performing urban school district in the nation for all of our students.

We believe that all students can achieve at the highest levels. To do this, we need inspiring leaders who:

  • Are passionate about student achievement and closing the achievement gap
  • Believe that the urgency of closing this gap is too great to accept excuses
  • Motivate and support their teachers and staff while holding adults in the building accountable for ensuring student success

All DCPS Assistant Principals are expected to be data- driven, have noteworthy instructional expertise and be able to effectively supervise adults to move student achievement. There are different types of Assistant Principal roles within DCPS across instructional levels and content areas, which are assessed through LEAP. LEAP (Learning Together to Advance our Practice) is a DCPS approach to professional development that is designed to provide instructional support to teachers.  As a LEAP- content specific Assistant Principal, school leaders help lead seminars, classroom observations, and debriefs through the use of online platforms, core texts, and instructional guides.

LEAP

 

Due to its focus on instructional expertise all candidates must demonstrate proficiency on a LEAP content assessment to move forward in the selection process. When candidates apply for the Assistant Principal position, they will indicate which content assessment(s) they would like to take.  LEAP Content Assessments consist of two short answer, essay prompts that evaluates lesson plan and student learning analysis skills. Candidates have the opportunity to select up to six content assessments that align with their area(s) of strength. Demonstrated proficiency per assessment results in candidates being placed in content specific hiring pools for AP roles after completion of additional steps in the process. The assessment should take no longer than 60 minutes to complete depending on the content area, and does not require you to complete any pre-work in advance.

The LEAP Content Assessments for SY18-19 are indicated below:

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LEAP Content Assessments 1

The Assistant Principal selection process contains the following steps:

Assistant Principal Selection

  1. Online Application and Instructional Video Observation 
    Applicants provide basic information around qualifications for the position at this stage. Context around instruction and leadership experiences to identify which campuses have needs that align with these experiences is also collected at this stage. Candidates will watch a video of a lesson and rate instruction based on several of the DCPS Essential Practices (EP) using the EP rubric.  

  2. LEAP Content Assessment
    Due to its focus on instructional expertise all candidates must demonstrate proficiency on a LEAP content assessment to move forward in the selection process. LEAP Content Assessments consist of two short answer, essay prompts that evaluates lesson plan and student learning analysis skills. Candidates have the opportunity to select up to six content assessments that align with their area(s) of strength. For questions about the LEAP Content Assessment, please feel free to reach out to the LEAP Team at [email protected].

  3. Performance Task
    The next stage in the Assistant Principal selection process is two short tasks that focus on instructional leadership vision and coaching skills. Applicants are also asked to submit 3 professional references at this stage. 

  4. In Person Interview
    Current school leaders and central office employees conduct interviews. The interview process will measure candidate’s strengths through the lens of the Leadership Framework and alignment to the Capital Commitment.

  5. Hiring Pool
    After the in person interview candidates are placed in content specific pools aligned with the LEAP content assessments in which proficiency has been demonstrated. Being placed into a hiring pool confirms one is eligible for hire, but does not guarantee hire. 

  6. School Based Selection
    School campuses initiate communication with candidates to schedule all school based interview activities. School leaders confirm final candidate selections with Instructional Superintendents before moving forward. Principals have access to individual candidate information and can access the hiring pool through TSHO.

  7. Meeting with Executive Leadership
    The Deputy Chancellor of Social Emotional Academic Development will facilitate a meeting with the hiring principal and final two candidates from school based selection activities. Instructional Superintendent attendance is optional for this stage of the process. Meetings will take approximately 15 minutes per candidate and focus on instructional expertise, campus fit and alignment with DCPS values

  8. Hire
    Once the final candidate has been determined, principals initiate communication with the Office of Talent and Culture, who will provide the candidate with an official offer of employment. Candidates cannot receive an official offer from a school or begin work until the security clearance process has been completed. 

If you have questions about the Assistant Principal selection process, please reach out to the DCPS School Leader Recruitment & Selection (SLRS) team at [email protected]. We would be happy to assist you.