Our mission is to help "future principals" with the exciting and major career step of going from the "classroom" to the "principal's office."
Most of us are really glad we made the decision to be a principal. We also knew that getting a principal position would be more difficult than getting a teaching position. But let's face it, getting the "right" principal position can be more difficult or take longer than expected. Why? A few of the reasons are:
#1 - There are relatively few principal openings, especially if you only want to work in a certain district or area.
#2 - Your "competition" can have a similar or much higher level of experience.
#3 - Desirable principal openings have dozens of applicants, and highly desirable openings can have more than one hundred applicants.
#4 - Some districts will only hire from within.
In other words, finding and getting the principal position that is the best fit for YOU, requires a high level of commitment. But that doesn't mean it can't be a fun and rewarding effort, or that it will cost a bunch of money! By joining the Aspiring Principals Group, you will be able to meet and learn from other "future principals" who are also making the big career step from the classroom to the “principal’s office”!
• Network and learn from other future principals in a supportive and non-competitive environment (Network After Work says that "80% of jobs are landed through networking").
• Meet and learn from a wide variety of experts who can increase your odds of success: Resume Experts, Image/Appearance Experts, Interview Experts, Social Media Experts, Common Core Experts.
• Learn how to better understand and make use of EDJOIN.org, indeed.com and other sources for principal openings.
• Expand your professional network and make friendships that will last a lifetime.
• Learn about the Assn of California School Administrators, the Natl Assn of Elementary School Principals, and other helpful organizations for principals and administrators.
• Participate in mock principal interviews and sample writing assignments.
• Expand your resume; helps show that you are doing all you can to find and prepare yourself for the right principal position.
Joining your group would be very helpful, but how will I find the time?
Finding the time is usually a matter of how badly you want to do something. Think about how important it is to get the right principal position. The few hours a month you might spend with the Aspiring Principals Group, is just a fraction of the time you may otherwise spend on your own trying to get offered your dream principal or administrative position (very possibly a year or more!).
Can't I just rely on EDJOIN.org to find the right principal job?
Edjoin is a terrific resource (can you imagine what it was like before Edjoin?). But Edjoin is still only part of what it takes to find and get the principal position that you really want. For instance, there are about 284,000 school teachers in California but only about 9,700 principals. Which means there are about 97% less principal positions as there are teacher positions. And there can be more than ONE HUNDRED applicants for highly desirable principal openings. Yikes!
When are your meetings?
Our meetings are typically during the week once a month from 4pm to 6pm at the Leadership Institute's offices in Sacramento (see our events calendar for details and directions).
Scholastic Administrator magazine (September 2014):
"ASPIRING PRINCIPALS GROUP, a California network to help educators make the leap from the classroom to the principal's office, is looking to add chapters across the country."
Sacramento Business Journal (February 2014):
"A new networking group aims to help local teachers who aspire to become school principals and administrators." (Read more)
Leadership Institute, Sacramento County Office of Education (February 2014):
"The Aspiring Principals Group is an innovative way for future principals to support one another and attain their goals." (Read more)
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