Aspiring Transformational Principal Interns are exceptional, motivated leaders with an urgent desire to transform underperforming urban schools and dramatically increase student achievement. Principal Interns are participants in MPS’ rigorous, full-time Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy. Over 13 months, they develop and apply the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful transformational principals in MPS, while working towards a MN K-12 principal license.
Upon successful completion of a five-week summer intensive, Aspiring Transformational Principal Interns engage in a full academic-year residency at an MPS school. They assume leadership responsibilities, while being mentored by school principals and coached by program facilitators. They also engage in weekly professional development seminars and complete rigorous, standards-aligned assignments. The summer following their residency, Principal Interns continue their training and develop a strategic plan for a school.
Commitment and Performance Expectations
Principal Interns must complete each phase of the Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy to successfully advance through the program. Successful graduates of the Academy will be eligible for principal licensure through a partnership with MNSU-Mankato. They will apply for open principal positions in the district and will be required to fulfill a 3-year service commitment to work in MPS.
Interested applicants should review the full Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy description at www.mpls.k12.mn.us/atpa.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS -- Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Employees are required to be in attendance and prepared to begin work at their assigned work location on the specified days and hours. Factors such as regular attendance at the job are not routinely listed in job descriptions, but are an essential function. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Actively participate in all program professional development experiences and successfully complete rigorous, standards-based assignments and assessments
- Receive, reflect on, and respond to feedback from program participants, coaches, and mentor principals
- Demonstrate growth in standards-based knowledge, skills, and mindsets
- Serve as resident and full member of school leadership team
- Support development and implementation of residency school’s vision, goals, and strategic plans
- Observe and coach teachers
- Actively participate in, plan, and lead staff meetings
- Support the development and delivery of staff professional development
- Build relationships with students, staff members, and community members
- Assist with communications, public relations, and discipline
- Support management of facilities operation
- Assist with development, maintenance, and strategic decisions related to school budget
- Develop a project aligned with school-specific goals that requires management of adults and demonstrates an impact on student achievement
- Participate in school evaluation and improvement
- Support staff hiring and performance management
- Assist principal with other duties
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines
Master’s degree or 30 credits beyond Bachelor's degree and three (3) years of teaching experience with a valid license in the grade and subject taught (or ability to meet this requirement following Rules of Minnesota State Board of Education, Chapter 3512.0700, Subps. 3a and 4).
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND MINDSETS:
- A firm belief that all children can and must excel academically
- A relentless drive to transform an underperforming school
- An urgent desire to lead change focused on dramatically improved student outcomes
- A desire to be challenged and a track record of resilience in the face of challenges
- Instructional expertise and demonstrated student achievement results
- A commitment to high expectations and constant learning for themselves and others
- Results with effectively leading and empowering adults
- A commitment to and success with engaging and building relationships with diverse stakeholders to inspire excellence
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
A valid Minnesota State Commercial Driver’s License may be required. A valid teaching license (or ability to meet this requirement following Rules of Minnesota State Board of Education, Chapter 3512.0700, Subps. 3a and 4)
Diversity is one of Minneapolis Public Schools core values and is essential to our goal of putting children first and making them college-ready. Diversity of our workforce provides us with a competitive advantage and allows us to better understand, communicate with and educate our diverse student body. Minneapolis Public Schools will not deny anyone the opportunity for training or employment because of sex, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, marital status, age, sexual preference, disability or status with regard to public assistance.
Minneapolis Public Schools strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.
METHOD OF APPLICATION:
Complete and submit the MPS online employment application by February 22, 2013, including:
- Upload a current resume
- Upload the completed Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Application (see directions below)
- Ensure that 2 Letters of Recommendation are received by February 22, 2013 (see directions below)
Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Application Directions
- Download the Aspiring Transformational Principal Academy Application (pdf | doc)
- Complete the application
- Upload it in the “Cover Letter” section of the MPS online employment application
Letter of Recommendation Directions
- Download 2 copies of the Letter of Recommendation form (pdf | doc)
- Email the recommendation form to two professional references who know you well and can speak to the competencies and mindsets on the form
- Instruct the recommenders to complete the form and submit it using one of the following three methods:
- Email it as a pdf to Stacy.Strauss@mpls.k12.mn.us
- Mail it to:
Minneapolis Public Schools
Davis Center, N2-027
1250 W. Broadway Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
- Drop if off at the Davis Center front desk, ATTN: Stacy Strauss, N2-027