Diocesan Board of Education
Diocese of Belleville
The ultimate aim of principalship is to provide Catholic educational leadership in the total school community. For this to be accomplished, the principal should be ever deepening his/her relationship with Christ.
He/she should have as highest priority the building of a Catholic community of faith and he/she must be a witness of the Good News of Christ, creating an atmosphere in which this faith can be developed.
The principal, as the administrative head of the school, will seek to coordinate the educational program consistent with Diocesan policies and guidelines and will perform such reasonable duties and submit such reports as requested by the Office of Education.
The principal, in cooperation with the pastor and Parish Board of Education, shall insure that the quality of education (religious and secular) be the goal of all involved in the education process of the school.
He/she encourages a positive atmosphere in which both teachers and students feel accepted and able to develop to their fullest potential.
1. Spiritual Leadership
Encourages faith development and community building
- Plans and implements instructional/liturgical activities that pursues the schools
- Guides faculty and students to a growing understanding of the Gospel message and
- Catholic tradition.
- Actively seeks an effective formal religious education program.
- Speaks, acts, and instructs students and faculty in a manner consistent with the teachings
- of the Church.
- Encourages the integration of religious attitudes and values into the entire curriculum,
- school life, and the broader community life.
- Encourages and plans for a strong spiritual formation program
- Cooperates with the Parish Director of Religious Education or parish contact person to
- provide for a working relationship between the full-time school faculty and the part-time
- faculty (PSR/CCD), so as to promote a total parish educational program.
Encourages and implements a comprehensive strategic planning process
- Demonstrates ability to analyze opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses of the
- Provides vision and leadership to address the needs of the school.
- Actively pursues implementation of objectives and goals.
- Sets challenging, logical but achievable plans and goals.
- Sets priorities with an appropriate sense of what is most urgent and important.
3. Institutional Leadership
Demonstrates ability to pursue the long term growth of the school
- Actively implements an effective recruitment/retainment strategy.
- Develops a positive relationship with parents and other support groups.
- Actively promotes the school through effective marketing and public relations.
- Encourages and utilizes alumni involvement.
- Implements an effective development program through annual fund raising, capital drives,
- and endowment growth.
4. Academic Leadership
Consistently develops and improves an educational program that provides for the needs of students
- Actively pursues ongoing curriculum development and evaluation.
- Enlists faculty support for ongoing curriculum development.
- Sees that information obtained from standardized tests is appropriately utilized.
- Provides for students with special learning needs, including referrals when necessary.
- Provides for regularly scheduled faculty meetings.
- Works with the Parish Director of Religious Education (PDRE) or Parish School of
- Religion curriculum planning for a total religious education program.
- Promotes a school curriculum which addresses itself to Catholic principles in accord
- with Church documents.
- Insures that community resources are utilized in development of curriculum materials.
- Determines utilization of consultants and supplementary services in presenting or
- developing curriculum materials for school.
- Is aware of, and shows leadership in studying changes in curriculum and in assessing
- the local school program in order to maintain a standard of quality education.
- Provides leadership in continuous curriculum evaluation and improvement.
- Promotes courses and experiences that provide understanding of the Third World,
- peace, oppressed and minorities.
- Insures year-to-year coordination of subjects.
5. Administrative Leadership
Works to achieve an efficient working environment
- Manages time wisely.
- Supervises and evaluates non-professional staff.
- Provides effective analysis of school issues with appropriate review of school programs.
- Regularly meets with administrative team and provides effective directives.
- Interviews and hires, with the approval of the pastor and/or Parish Board of Education,
- new teachers for the school.
- Responsible for the dismissal of teachers after consultation with the pastor and/or
- Parish Board of Education.
- Is responsible for acquiring substitute teachers.
- Provides for regularly scheduled faculty meetings.
- Develops school calendar within the framework of the Diocesan and public school calendar.
- Reports accidents to the proper persons in a timely manner.
- Insures that official records are properly maintained.
- Keeps on file an updated inventory of the equipment in the school which includes cost
- at time of purchase, date of purchase and from whom purchased.
- Maintains on file a copy of each teacher=s daily schedule.
- Is responsible for all government programs, keeps informed of them and with the teachers evaluate these programs as to their value in the school.
6. Fiscal Leadership
Demonstrates responsibility for sound financial management of the school
- Prepares accurate budgets in a timely manner.
- Effectively monitors, analyzes, and communicates the budget process to boards,
- councils, committees, and the Diocese.
- Provides a regular accounting to the board, diocese, parents, and faculty.
- Encourages sound fiscal understanding and responsibility with faculty, staff, and board.
7. Leadership in Student Life
Actively contributes to a cooperative and positive spirit among students
- Establishes trust with students.
- Effectively works with student leaders.
- Is available and open to students.
- Enlists faculty support in developing a positive, accepting, helpful atmosphere among
- staff and students.
- Concerns himself/herself with the safe transportation of students for school time activities.
- Directs the guidance and disciplinary services of the school.
- Provides for adequate supervision of the students, thus guarding the health, physical
- well-being and safety of the students in all school situations.
- Provides for effective communication between all persons concerned regarding pupil progress and needs.
II. INTERPERSONAL SKILLS AND RELATIONSHIPS
8. Board Relationships
Promotes and encourages a collaborative working relationship with the board
- Coordinates strategic planning process with the board.
- Effectively communicates with the board.
- Plans and coordinates with the board president and executive committee.
- Plans and provides for board in-services.
- Evaluates staff competency and makes a report to the pastor and Parish Board of Education concerning the rehiring of staff members.
9. Diocesan Relationships
Actively pursues a collaborative working relationship with the Diocese
- Regularly communicates with diocesan representatives.
- Demonstrates accountability through accurate and regular reporting.
- Follows diocesan and school policies and procedures.
10. Parish and Community Relations
Develops a sense of ownership with the community, parish and school
- Reports regularly to the priest(s) of the supporting area on the fiscal, academic, and spiritual issues of the school.
- Develops a collaborative relationship with pastor(s).
- Develops a working relationship with principals in the supporting Catholic schools of the area.
- Assures appropriate communications to the parish community.
- Develops and implements a comprehensive communication plan.
- Coordinates the sharing of facilities, equipment and resources for religious instruction
- in the PSR/CCD program.
- Promotes community development through support and participation in civic activities.
- Maintains a good rapport with the local public school administration.
III. PROFESSIONAL JUDGEMENT AND VALUES
11. Professional Demeanor
Consistently acts in a respectful and positive manner
- Presents him/herself in a dynamic, open, and assertive manner
- Presents a neat and professional appearance.
- Conducts himself/herself appropriately especially given the audience and situation.
- Acts consistently with confidence.
- Demonstrates the ability to gain the respect of others.
12. Judgment/Decision Making
Demonstrates ability to make sound decisions and good judgment
- Shows ability to make decisions in a timely manner.
- Makes decisions which reflect a sense of mercy and justice.
- Diagnosis' specific needs and modifies approach and procedures accordingly.
- Pursues issues.
- States ideas in a reasonable manner especially in the face of opposition.
- Exercises independent judgment and is not unduly influenced by others.
- Holds inviolate confidential information regarding students and teachers.
13. Parent Relations
Provides effective channels for parent involvement
- Listens to and responds to parent input and concerns in an open and timely manner.
- Encourages and provides opportunities for parents and teachers to communicate
- with each other.
- Provides parents with necessary information in a timely manner.
- Participates in regular meetings with parents and parent organizations.
- Provides parents with pertinent information for referring students with special needs.
14. Verbal and Written Communication
Clearly and effectively communicates with all segments of the school community
- Writes effective memos, letters, and reports.
- Speaks in a clear, logical, and well ordered fashion.
- Supports verbal presentations with effective use of graphs, overheads, charts,
- and documents.
- Adjusts presentations to the interests and concerns of the audience.
- Listens to ideas, criticism, and concerns in an open and non-defiant manner.
- Maintains student and personnel records adequately.
IV. WORK ACCOMPLISHMENT
15. Staff Relations
Works to get the best possible results from faculty efforts
- Develops an atmosphere of teamwork and cooperation.
- Demonstrates a willingness to accept and try new ideas and concepts from the faculty.
- Confronts problems in an effective and timely manner.
- Brings people together to resolve their conflicts.
- Gives staff specific, detailed feedback on behavior and performance.
- Provides sufficient time to meet with individual staff members.
16. Staff Development
Encourages the professional growth and development of all staff members
- Implements on-going, systematic and cooperative evaluations of each faculty member's performance according to established procedures.
- Provides effective procedures for teachers to be accountable for planning and
- implementing academic and spiritual programs.
- Devotes significant time to assist teachers to plan effective teaching strategies and learning opportunities for students.
- Recognizes and encourages faculty efforts and ideas.
- Involves faculty in appropriate areas of decision-making.
- Assesses the professional needs of the faculty.
- Provides leadership for professional growth of faculty.
- Assesses and makes provisions for professional growth of the faculty through in-service
- workshops, educational meetings, professional literature and observation of other
- qualified teachers on their grade or subject area.
- Reviews and evaluates teacher-made tests and lessons and units of work taught.
Routinely initiates actions that meet the challenges confronting the school
- Introduces new programs or modifies existing programs to better meet the needs of students.
- Does far more than is minimally required.
- Actively engages others to help resolve issues confronting the school.
- Takes persistent, repeated action to overcome obstacles.
- Acts before being forced into action by events.
Demonstrates a consistency of action and reliability
- Administers, supervises and coordinates all educational activities in the school.
- Attends professional meetings that are required.
- Insures that all faculty members take part in the Diocesan Catechist Certification enrichment program.
- Is available to the faculty at specific times outside of school hours.
19. Christian Witness
Demonstrates an understanding of Catholic belief
- Encourages the role of sacraments in the lives of students and faculty.
- Demonstrates an understanding of Catholic morality, conscience and moral decision making.
- Promotes church teachings on social justice and encourages active participation by students, faculty and parents.
20. Management - Materials
Plans for the best use of the physical facilities and materials of the school.
- Furnishes adequate instructional materials and supplies for effective teaching and learning.
- Insures re-evaluation of texts, audio-visuals, library and other instructional materials.
- Assures efficient operation and maintenance of school facilities for safe and healthful conditions, and coordinates community use of the school building and facilities during school hours.
- Evaluates custodial services within the school.
Approved: July 1, 1998
Revised: November 11, 2009
Office of Education
Diocese of Belleville