School District Seeks “Creative” Principals

The Philadelphia School District is on the hunt for some good leaders for its schools.

Superintendent William Hite announced the district’s 2014 Principal Recruiting Plan Thursday morning.

“We know that strong school leaders contribute significantly to student achievement and the development of powerful learning environments,” said Hite in a press release. “We are looking for principals who have a passion for working with students, families and communities and who are committed to ensuring all students achieve.”

Hite didn’t reveal how many principal positions will be open for next school year but did say that applications are already being accepted (apply by clicking here) and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

The school district will be holding information sessions for interested educators. The first is being held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the Atrium at the school district’s building at 440 N Broad Street.

The school district said it’s looking for “creative persistent problem-solvers” who will be visible and consistent leaders. Principals will also be expected to “develop positive, collaborative relationships with students, teachers, families and the community,” according to the school district.

In an attempt to reach qualified applicants beyond the city, the school district will also be holding information sessions in New York City and Washington, D.C. in the spring.

Hite sees the opportunity as a great one for educators.

“The diversity of our schools provides an incredible opportunity for committed and visionary school leaders to exercise creativity and innovation, and I look forward to meeting candidates who are enthusiastic about making all School District of Philadelphia Schools great.”

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