From what I can tell, most staff members at the school love the principal. The reason why is a complete mystery to me, other than he seems to let them do whatever they want. I've seen him click through only one of the 21 powerpoints shown at staff meetings (so far) and present/facilitate nothing. The Big Cheese is content to sit back and let the ass't admin (a post unto himself) and the interns handle things. There is no clue as to his vision or ability to be an instructional leader. It frightens me to hear teachers at the school say they want to find a principal just like him when this one retires at the end of the year. It reminds me of bad parenting, in a way. What kid doesn't like the cool permissive parent on the block? Maybe the ones who understand what supportive parenting can look like.
Anyway, I'll meet with this person at some point in the near future about my evaluation process for the year. Since the Big Cheese is not very forthcoming about his motives or expectations, I am wondering what to expect this year. He doesn't care that his staff isn't intellectually curious. He doesn't support collaboration or active inquiry about what happens in the classroom. He isn't interested in accountability for supporting the learning of all students. During the first six weeks of school, I have seen him exactly one time...for 2 0r 3 minutes as he wandered through a classroom. Neither he nor the other admins are ever in the hallways or otherwise visible.
As far as I have come in my 16+ years in the classroom, I know that I can always be better and do more for kids. But how will the evaluative process this year help me grow as a professional when there is no modeling by administration, no plan for staff development, and no expectations for engaging in any sort of improvement? Do I dare ask the Big Cheese how he plans to support my goals in implementing best practices in grading and looking for ways to get some interventions going in my classroom for kids who are in danger of not meeting the standards? I have a feeling that his plan will just to be invisible and let me do my thing. Is that really good enough?