How to Divide Duties When You Have Two Assistant Principals
Make a list of the four major categories.pen and paper image by Melissa Schalke from Fotolia.com
Analyze the skill sets of the assistant principals, using their resumes as a starting point. Categorize what they do best. Put their skills in lists under columns for academics, student concerns, operations, and communications. A pattern should start to emerge.
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Select the academic leader. Leading this requires an assistant principal who is strong in curriculum development and analysis, as well as teacher training. The primary responsibilities in the academic arena may include selection of and ordering textbook curriculum, special education provisions for students, academic achievement, professional development for teachers and overseeing the various department heads.
Assistant principals may help students with the college search.university college image by Mary Lane from Fotolia.com
Identify the leader who should predominantly deal with student concerns. Students and their parents need an administrator with great people skills and the ability to analyze and diffuse difficult situations. This administrator's responsibilities would include intervention for and discipline of students; program planning for students; analysis of standardized test results and overall academic outcomes; special education needs; and overseeing all student activities and events. In the absence of an actual guidance counselor, the college search process would also become part of this person's job description.
Schedules and calendars are a big part of school operationscalendar image by Szymon Apanowicz from Fotolia.com
Pick the assistant principal who will also cover operations. The operational component of running a school requires someone with strong administrative skills. This organized person should have the dominate role of producing all schedules and calendars, filing official reports, curriculum inventory, ordering test materials, standardized test administration and proctoring, ordering supplies, and overseeing safety and facilities maintenance. This person may also be in charge of planning events such as parent-teacher conference day, back to school night and community open houses.
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Schools depend on good communications from the administration to the parents, teachers, students and even the community. Communications is an area that should be covered by the assistant principal who is strongest in both written and verbal skills. Diplomacy and an upbeat attitude are essential. The various duties encompassed in communications should include school newsletters, website maintenance and development, advertising, public relations, community outreach and fund raising.