Assistant Principal Role Overview
At KIPP Nor Cal, we believe that Assistant Principals are our future school leaders. We actively develop Assistant Principals for School Leadership and feel the Assistant Principal should consider themselves as an apprentice to the School Leader. The Assistant Principal should gradually build capacity to lead a KIPP school.
The Assistant Principal’s job is to support the school in driving academic and social emotional learning outcomes for students as a key member of the school’s leadership team. Assistant Principals are expected to lead both instruction and school culture, while developing the skills of the school's emerging leaders.
Model and support implementation of the school’s vision and goals
? Supports the Schools Leader's vision and takes an active role in mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school; Supports the Schools Leader's vision and takes an active role in mobilizing teachers to achieve the collective goals of the school.
? With guidance from the School Leader, leads the planning and goal setting for the grades/departments that he/she coaches and ensures alignment with school-wide goals
Contribute to school-wide planning and prioritizes time to accomplish goals
? Provides input into the strategic planning of the school, and identifies areas of ownership for self and direct reports
Develop emerging leaders with School Leader's guidance
? Supports the School Leader in identifying and developing emerging leaders (Department Heads and/or Grade Level Chairs) through goal setting, coaching and feedback
Model strong staff and student culture and manage school-wide character development and behavior management systems
? Supports teachers in student support and behavior intervention systems to ensure that limited time is spent on reactive student discipline.
? Manages parts of the daily school operations (e.g. arrival/dismissal, lunch/recess, school trips)
? Acts as the first Leadership Team contact for student intervention and parent engagement; determines next steps for issues that are above the teacher/grade level/department chair
Collaborate with School Leader on hiring diverse, highly-effective teachers and school staff
Build own direct reports' instructional knowledge of standards, content, and methods
? Content (Standards, Curriculum, and Assessment):
○ Studies curriculum and assessment in order to develop understanding of content mastery, and what is required of students and teachers to accomplish mastery
○ Coaches teachers on how to assess for both student mastery and growth towards college readiness, and practices data driven instruction based on assessment
○ Research-based Instructional Practices (Methods and Time):
○ Develops own and teachers’ knowledge of best practices in instructional methods and coaches teachers on how to match particular strategies to gaps in student mastery
Develop teachers to provide rigorous and high-quality instruction and support School Leader in planning, implementing, and enabling systems of the Academic Strategies Pyramid.
? Data Analysis (Data-driven Instruction and Progress Monitoring):
○ Lead data-driven instruction. Coach teachers to determine how data aligns to end-of-year goals; break-out data to analyze how different student groups are performing; determine what data indicates about areas of student mastery and growth; and identify specific instructional actions and adjustments to fill students’ knowledge and skill gaps within an appropriate timeline
? Teacher Instructional Development (Instructional Coaching, Content Teams, and Workshops):
○ Provides high-quality instructional coaching with frequent and scheduled teacher observations, actionable and bite-sized feedback, and accountability for adjustment in practice
○ Coaches emerging leaders on their instructional coaching practice
○ May lead or coach others who lead department/content/grade-level meetings that focus on planning for, and norming on, instruction and culture, practicing instructional strategies, and progress monitoring the department/content/grade level
○ Recommends to the School Leader what school-wide professional development will be the highest leverage in improving student results; lead engaging, actionable, adult-learning workshops; and hold staff accountable for implementation of the workshop practices
Prioritize Assistant Principal's own success and sustainability by engaging lifelines and renewing to get stronger.