During the past 35 years, I have worked with over 360 search committees for new Heads of School. By attending the interviews that the search committees conducted with various semifinalists, I’ve learned what issues generally are of concern to those making the selection. I’ve also heard the responses—some good, some not so good—of those being interviewed.
After observing over one thousand interviews, I decided to use the information I gleaned from these sessions to write about what aspiring Heads of School should do to prepare themselves for their first headship.
PREPARING FOR THE KEY ASPECTS OF A HEADSHIP
1. PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION
At some point in the Head of School search process, someone will ask candidates about their philosophy of education. Clearly, you should be prepared for this. The issue is how. When submitting your papers to a search committee, include a one- or two-page statement of your educational philosophy. While you can include in this a statement of ideas gleaned from readings you have done and experiences you’ve had, the document must reflect your beliefs, not a reflection of the beliefs of others. Next, make certain that your comments during the interview process coincide with the written Statement…