Elementary Principal
Stamford Public Schools - Stamford, CT

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Elementary School Principal


The Elementary School Principal works with the District
Administrative Team to prepare each and
every student in their school for higher education and success in the 21 st
century. The principal is the academic
and the administrative leader of his/her school, and is responsible for

communicating and supporting the vision of:

High expectations for the achievement of all
students in their building

High Quality academic programs within all
classrooms in their school, including curriculum, instruction, and assessment

School support and accountability systems
including supervision and evaluation of employees, planning and implementing school
improvement plans, leadership, and professional development for all staff

Shared responsibility by the entire school
community(faculty, staff, students and families) for achievement of the School
and District Goals

The Elementary School principal reports to the Superintendent
of Schools or his/her designee.

Scope of

  • Vision, Mission and Goals – Guides and
implements a community-wide shared vision of learning, based on SPS's vision
and mission, beginning with communicating high expectations for student
performance; reviews and refines vision regularly using various sources of
information and continuous data analysis, and makes this vision reality through
the creation and implementation of a School Improvement Plan. Promotes a
positive, collegial environment which supports learning by students and staff.

  • Teaching and Learning – Ensures the success and achievement
of all students by monitoring and continuously improving teaching and learning
in their building. This includes ensuring that curriculum taught within their
building align with District, Connecticut and national standards (ensuring
coherence and alignment with secondary school curriculum and instruction). The
principal is also responsible for directing professional learning within the
building, calling upon support from the Central Office Team when necessary to
provide appropriate support for staff members. Additionally the principal is responsible for
leadership of the School Data Team, which monitors and evaluates student
learning, using assessments and data and accountability strategies to improve
achievement. Major areas must include monitoring
and evaluating progress towards closing the achievement gap and overseeing
Common Core State Standards implementation.

  • Organizational Systems and Safety – Aligns the school
operations and resources to support academic programs and schools; supervises and
evaluates certified and uncertified staff to guarantee the school is safe,
efficient, and provides a highly effective learning environment.

  • Family and Stakeholders – Acts to ensure equity and access to
resources and opportunities for all students and their families; collaborates
with families and other stakeholders to respond to diverse community interest
and needs

  • Ethics and Integrity
– Acts ethically and with integrity; creates and sustains in their school an
ethical culture committed to values, beliefs, and practices aligned with the
SPS vision

  • Education System – Upholds
and advocates for state, federal, and local policies that support excellence
and equity in education

  • Derived from the Connecticut School
Leadership Standards

Examples of Duties
and Responsibilities

  • Administers and
supervises the school and its regular and special education teaching staff. Directs school
staff, ensuring operational effectiveness and an effective learning/working

  • Evaluates certified
staff (Assistant Principals, Teachers) and uncertified staff (Paraeducators,
Office Support Staff, Security Workers, Custodians, etc.) as required by
district policies.

  • Fosters a work
environment that is student-focused and results-oriented

  • Participates in
the recruitment, selection, placement, induction, support, of all school staff,
both certified and noncertified.

Provides leadership and oversight for the School Data Teams and
Professional Learning Communities to support instruction, assessment,
professional development, and support programs

Coordinates the work of school staff
and collaborates with district curriculum and instruction staff to develop and
implement instructional practices and programs to improve student learning.

Directs the design of a school-based
intervention plan to provide appropriate tiered support for student learning.

Participates in the planning of school
and community events and attends whenever possible.

Monitors and directs adherence with all district, state and policies,
regulations, reports, and procedures. Interprets
district, state, and federal policies and laws/regulations related to
elementary education to K-5 staff, students, and the community. Monitors the preparation of all required
federal, state, and local reports related to their school.

Keeps well-informed about current trends in Elementary School curricula
and best instructional practices and communicates trends throughout the school
community. In particular, becomes knowledgeable about Common Core Curricula and
standards and supports its implementation in the school and the district

Ensures the needs of English language learners and students with
disabilities are met in each school; advocates
for equitable resources and support to assure high achievement of all students

Assists in the development of the SPS budget and monitors the budgets for
their school. Prepares and monitors the
school budget.

Maintains good relations and communications with parents and community

Performs related work as required

Knowledge and Skills

  • Commitment to creating schools that prepares each
and every student for higher education and success in the 21 st

  • Demonstrated ability to build an integrated
collaborative team that exhibits excellent communications and develops a
collegial environment within the school to support learning for all.

  • Extensive knowledge of learning theory, program implementation,
best practices in instruction of students and assessment processes

  • Use of data-driven decision making to determine
effectiveness of programs and initiatives

  • Excellent conceptual, analytical, problem solving,
organizational, and leadership skills

  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local
laws, policies and procedures related to public schools

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
and a proven track record of working collaboratively with multiple and diverse

  • High standards of ethics, honesty and integrity

  • Connecticut Professional
Educator Certificate - Intermediate
Administrator (092)

  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university
in educational administration. Doctoral
degree is desirable

  • Minimum of three (3) years administrative experience or
related intern experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of elementary school administration
as well as the current best practices in elementary school instruction.

  • Demonstrated experience in managing programs, staff
supervision and school operations.

  • Experience in leading educational programs and reform,
including the ability to deploy resources and prioritize and manage multiple
projects; experience in curriculum development preferred

  • Knowledge and understanding of student and program
assessment, data analysis, program development and evaluation, effective
instructional strategies, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research
related to teaching and learning

  • Superior communication
skills (oral and written)

  • Excellent organizational skills and the
ability to motivate people

working in an urban/multicultural environment (preferred)

  • High standards of ethics, honesty and integrity
221 days as per the Stamford Administrative Unit contract

As per the Stamford Administrative Unit contract.