Saturday, March 21, 2009

Next Comments - Under "Context"

Now, I have not been through one of these myself, but the comments from someone one the inside were interesting. Apparently this dog and pony show is not uncommon. I still think it is interesting to look at, even if by pulling it apart is shows more of the uselessness of evaluations then anything else.

• the pastor for his interest and support in Catholic education

Really? How often have your kids seen Father Dan in the classroom?

• the principal for her vision, dedication, and guidance in her educational leadership of the school

Puhleese. Given as how they say repeatedly that they want written vision, I think this is hard to please.

• the assistant principal for her daily leadership and her supportive role in the school

Okay…what else should an assistant principal do?

• the faculty and staff of Holy Cross School for their dedication, example, and professionalism in establishing a welcoming and family friendly educational facility

Hard to argue with, but if you can stack the deck with who the “family” are….should be an easy win.

• the parents of Holy Cross School for their commitment to and support of Holy Cross

See above.

• the Middle States Steering Committee for the thorough work in organizing the work of the self-study

A bit self congratulatory, wouldn’t you say?


Anonymous said...

Good points. The one that stands out to me the most is the comment on the assistant principal. Since I've been looking at this blog I have been wondering how she never has been commented upon. Can anyone tell me exactly what her role is? Can you tell me one thing that she does? It's almost as if she does not really exist - very good at flying under the radar.

The Quizzinator said...

This is a tough one, even with all of my sources.

The job of an assistant principal, especially in a private school, is totally dependent on what the principal wants. I've seen arrangements where they handled the staff (non-teachers), where they handled discipline of the kids, or where they acted as the supervisor/mentor of the teachers. These arranagments are very common in the public school system, where you've got specific roles and responsibilities, as well as some ability to move around if one isn't happy with the working arrangment.

I've also seen it where the assistant principal acts as the gopher, or only gets to do things when the principal doesn't want to do them. In these cases it is particularly difficult for the VP to chart any independence.

I would also think that the VP is in one of the weaker positions. Teachers, to a point, have parents who may be willing to stand up for them. Even the principal has her supporters, even if I think they are supporting the system more so then her.