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Lead Transformational Schools at DCPS
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Reach new heights as a leader. Develop new strengths in your team. Build a school that defies expectations for all students. At DCPS, you’ll get the tools, talent and flexibility you need to help teachers and students succeed together.

A VISIONARY DISTRICT THAT PUTS STUDENTS FIRST. We’re building a district where everyone is deeply committed to getting things done for students. We’ve got big goals for our schools, and know that great school leaders are key to our success.

COMPREHENSIVE TOOLS AND SUPPORT. DCPS helps principals do their best work. Tools like the Leadership Framework and IMPACT evaluation system outline a vision for excellence and set clear standards for success. And development opportunities – including individual support from experienced instructional superintendents and a Georgetown Executive Master’s in Leadership program – ensure that principals grow as much as their teachers.

THE FLEXIBILITY THAT REAL LEADERSHIP REQUIRES. In too many districts, principals find that their hands are tied when it comes to important decisions, particularly about who’s in their building. Not here. We’re giving principals the flexibility they need to build strong teams, hold high standards for everyone, and focus on what matters most: giving every student in their care a great education.

THE RECOGNITION YOU DESERVE FOR RISING TO THE CHALLENGE. DCPS offers extremely competitive principal salaries, including up to $25,000 in annual performance bonuses. We also honor exceptional school leaders with a Standing Ovation awards gala in the winter.

School by school, great leaders are achieving great results and overcoming a legacy of low expectations for high-poverty students. Join us and help lead the charge. Learn more on the main DCPS website.

LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice)

DCPS is one of the fastest improving urban school districts in America. In fact, over the past decade, we've nearly doubled the number of students who are proficient in reading and math. As a result of our progress, more and more families are choosing DCPS for their children.

We’re making an unprecedented investment in our teachers. To help ensure that every child experiences outstanding instruction every single day in our district, next year, we have launched a professional learning program called LEAP (LEearning together to Advance our Practice).

We are helping teachers hone their crafts. At its core, LEAP is about creating content-specific professional learning communities (LEAP Teams) in our schools. Through LEAP, teachers will learn about and apply the latest Common Core instructional practices with their peers. They’ll also get weekly observations and feedback from content experts. In short, we’re aiming to make DCPS the best place in America to become an expert teacher.

Take the LEAP and join DCPS! If you love helping support teachers, come join us as a LEAP Team Leader. LEAP Teams will be led by educators who are experts in a particular content area. The team leaders can be a Teacher Leader (a teacher who teaches part-time and coaches part-time), an Instructional Coach (who coaches full-time), or an Assistant Principal (who coaches 75% of the time and supports other school-wide initiatives 25% of the time).

"I know that I am morally obligated to provide children with a high-quality education. The decisions that I make will have an impact on students, teachers, and the community I service for an eternity."
– Tenia Pritchard, Principal of Excel Academy

Principal candidates will follow the steps below. Learn more about principal salary and eligibility and certification in DCPS. 

1. INITIAL APPLICATION - During the online application, you will be asked to provide a resume and overview of your educational background and work experience.

2. INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO ACTIVITY - You will watch a video of classroom instruction and answer a series of questions regarding the video.

3. PERFORMANCE TASK - The Performance Task allows candidates to showcase their ideal vision for student success, success as an instructional leader and your ability to make difficult decisions around prioritization. Candidates are also required to submit 3 professional references at this stage.

4. IN-PERSON INTERVIEW - Candidates who pass the Performance Task stage will be invited to an in-person interview day with various DCPS executive leaders. The in-person interview will be approximately four hours long. At this point in the process, the School Leader Recruitment & Selection team will also check candidates' professional references. 

5. CHANCELLOR'S INTERVIEW - Based on recommendations from the in-person interviews, a selection of candidates will be invited to interview with the Chancellor.

6. CANDIDATE POOL - After the Chancellor interview, approved applicants are placed in the applicant pool and become eligible to participate in Community Panel interviews at schools with Principal vacancies. 

7. COMMUNITY PANEL INTERVIEWS - As Principal vacancies are announced, candidates in the approved pool are invited to participate in Community Panels. The purpose of the panel is for the school community to give feedback to the Chancellor about candidate fit within a school community. Community Panels include school community members, parents, faculty, staff, and students of schools with vacancies. 

8. HIRING & ONBOARDING - Based on the results of the community panel, the Chancellor will make all final Principal hiring determinations. Official employment offers will be given by the Office of Talent & Culture. Candidates cannot receive an official offer until the security clearance process has been completed and candidates have an official Administrator Services Credential from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE). Once hired, all new school leaders will need to participate in an onboarding process. For more information regarding onboarding, please refer to the DCPS Onboarding Website.