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The School Administrator
December 2009 Number 11 Vol. 66|
When conducting a behavior-based interview of candidates for an administrative opening in your school district, you can draw from these sample questions.Knowledge of Students• Tell about your experiences with students in this age range.• How have you worked to help students move to the next level of education and/or toward graduation?Curriculum and Management for Learning• What approaches have you used to ensure the mandated curriculum was covered in a limited amount of time?• How have you helped lead other teachers in organizing the curriculum? • Describe a classroom management plan you have used and a schoolwide one with which you are familiar. Assessment• How have you been able to raise student achievement in the classroom, grade-level or school setting?• Describe an experience where you had to explain standardized test results to parents, other teachers or a school board.• Tell about successful remediation programs that you have used. Personnel, Hiring, Induction• Tell us about your experience in hiring teachers.• How have you helped a single teacher or group of teachers through mentoring or induction?• Tell us about your supervisory experiences of new and experienced teachers.Facilities, Budget, School Safety• Describe your experiences with budget cuts, reallocation of funds or monitoring a budget.• Tell us about your experiences with managing school facilities. What are the special issues for _____ (an elementary school, a middle school, a high school)?• Describe special emergency measures with which you are familiar (violence prevention, tornadoes, snow days, etc.).Public Relations, Communicating With Parents• How have you involved parents/families in the classrooms and schools where you have worked?• What has been your involvement with extracurricular activities? How can they inspire community involvement?• Describe presentations you have made in your community to parents, school board members, professional associations or other teachers.• Tell us about an incident from your experience that required knowledge of school law.Leadership, Vision, Professionalism• Describe a meeting you have led.• Describe any experiences you have had working with a school board.• Tell about your experiences with school accreditation. • Describe your vision for our school here.• What resources do you use to stay current and informed in the field?— Compiled by Mary Clement
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