In education we read, speak, receive PD about transparency and its place in our profession altogether too often. Now, having said that – I am all for transparency (check the blog title) in the public education system. In fact I would argue that it is imperative in our schools.
Today, however I want to write about a different take on transparency; a take that deals with how we put in place the leaders of our education systems across the nation. I would also propose a plan (that is being carried out in some districts) that requires transparency in the hiring process.
Superintendent positions often require community review of a candidate. My argument is that we need to replicate this process for school principals and assistant principals. Too often in the public education system it is about “who you know”… and in this business, where our commodity is children – we can not allow decisions to be made on who one knows.
The hiring process of school leadership must be transparent and open to members of the community that a school serves. I know that there are those out there that will argue for the sake of time. I would argue that we must find the time – and the time to take a stand and demand transparency in the hiring process at all levels is now.
School based leadership is essential to student, school and community success.
Mike Meechin, M.Ed.