“Dear Dr. Bates,
My husband is a Granite District employee and has been interviewing for a principal position for the past several years and each year has been unsuccessful. It is very frustrating to watch him get rejected each year and not know why. Is there a principal mentoring program available for those hopeful and dedicated employees, so that they can better themselves and achieve their full potential?”
Response- Thanks for the great question. I have a vision of the school principal’s role transforming in response to the various needs our students have and will bring to school each day in the future. The 21st century principalship will evolve and be defined in terms of instructional leadership, community leadership, and visionary leadership. For this ideal to responsively mature, our district is currently discussing how we should develop and grow our future principals. This discussion is still early and will develop more fully over time with the intent of purposely training, coaching, and mentoring aspiring administrators to be the prepared for this role. Thank you for your inquiry to afford me the opportunity to share this idea as we begin its development here in the Granite School District.