Gone are the days when principals and assistant principals acted as pure administrators. School leaders now are more properly defined as chief executives, with all the responsibilities and accountability the position carries. Nowhere is the leadership role more significant than in a large urban school district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has already made great strides in strengthening its school leadership, but we need to ensure a continuous supply of effective leaders. CMS, in partnership with the Wallace Foundation is committed to hiring, retaining and supporting effective leaders. We firmly believe that great leadership combined with great teaching is the key to great student achievement.
For more information, you may visit our website, CMS Principal Pipeline: Destination Leadership.
Sitting principals (at least 2 years of experience) that have positively influenced student achievement are eligible to apply to the Principal Talent Pool through our Fast Track application process.
In preparation for anticipated future vacancies, CMS maintains a pool of potential candidates who have demonstrated their qualification for principal and/or assistant principal roles through a rigorous talent pool selection process. When a new principal or assistant principal vacancy is confirmed, candidates in the Principal and Assistant Principal Talent Pools will be invited to apply. Current CMS principals and assistant principals are automatically considered candidates of their respective talent pool and are eligible for open positions.
Principal Talent Pool: Our commitment is to have a selection process that is transparent and respects the profession of a CMS principal. We have designed our Principal Talent Pool process to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications as they relate to what is required on the job. Candidates are permitted to apply once each academic year.
Assistant Principal Talent Pool: Our commitment is to have a selection process that is transparent and respects the profession of a CMS assistant principal. We have redesigned our Assistant Principal Talent Pool process to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications as they relate to what is required on the job. Candidates are permitted to apply once each academic year.
CMS offers two teacher-leader talent pools with opportunities for strong educators with a proven track-record of student success to advance in their careers and pay them more. Each advanced teaching role program, Success by Design and Opportunity Culture in Project L.I.F.T., screens candidates through a highly selective talent pool. High quality professional development is an advantage to teacher-leaders accepted into these advanced positions in order to continue their leadership trajectory. Candidates are able to apply to either or both talent pools and application requirements can be found on each program's website linked below.
Success by Design (SbD) program supports 40 schools in CMS. Please refer to the department website for more information. Success By Design
Opportunity Culture at L.I.F.T. (OC) supports 10 schools in Project L.I.F.T. For information please visit: http://www.projectliftcharlotte.org/opportunity-culture
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