Principal Profile

A principle posing with her students

The principal profile illustrates leadership traits, characteristics and skills that are necessary to support students so they may realize the vision of success outlined in the district Strategic Goal.  Print a copy of the Principal Profile poster.


Shaping a vision of equity and success for all

  • Establish a schoolwide vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all students.

  • Maintain high expectations for all, including clear and public standards, which are key to closing achievement gaps.

  • Ensure the belief of academic success for all is embraced by stakeholders.

  • Develop a shared vision around standards and success for all students as an essential element of school leadership.

Leadership cultivatorCultivating leadership in others

  • Depends on others to accomplish the group's purpose.

  • Encourage the development of leadership across the organization.

  • Improve both teacher motivation and work climate.

  • Provide all stakeholders with greater influence on decisions.

  • Play a major role in developing a "professional community" of teachers who guide one another in improving instruction.

ManagerManaging people, data, and processes

  • Identify and select talent by accurately assessing campus and personnel needs.

  • Hold people accountable by clearly stating expectations, providing exemplars, and implementing accountability measures.

  • Use data to make decisions and compel action.

  • Follow the continuous improvement cycle.

  • Ensure consistent campus tenure, where principals remain on campus for 3-10 years.

Instructional leaderImproving instruction

  • Work relentlessly to improve achievement by focusing on the quality of instruction.

  • Define and promote high expectations.

  • Connect directly with teachers and the classroom.

  • Encourage continuous professional learning.

  • Emphasize research-based strategies to improve teaching and learning and initiate discussions about instructional approaches

Culture creator

Creating a culture of excellence

  • Ensure both adults and children put learning at the center of their daily activities.

  • Focus on building a sense of school community to combat teacher isolation, closed doors, negativism, defeatism, and teacher resistance.

  • Engage parents and others outside the immediate school community, such as local business people.