My morning school is on the hunt for a new principal---and the staff attitude is rather disheartening. They were asked to develop a list of qualities the new admin should have. Instead of considering a vision of the future and what the school could become, the answers were entrenched in the past and present. The number one thing they want is someone who won't change anything about the school. The number two thing is a principal who stays in his/her office and doesn't venture into classrooms. I could list a few others, but they all have the same bent. Hey, they all run perfect and engaging classrooms where all students learn, right? Who needs instructional leadership?
Not a single one of their ideas has anything to do with kids.
I wish that the school district would recognize this and hire based on what's best for all students at the school. At some point, you'd think someone would put the smackdown on the narcissistic scree emitted from the place. For once, shouldn't the kids get what they deserve?