123 Elm Street Miami, FL 33183 305-555-5555 firstname.lastname@example.org
EXCEPTIONAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Proven educator with a commitment to student growth, development, and academic excellence
Dynamic professional with expertise in leading bilingual, special, and regular education students, staff, and daily operations at a
K-5 urban elementary school. Focus on top academic performance and high standards of operation. Expertise in turning around
low-performing schools. Demonstrated success in development of key support services and instructional programs focused on
academic improvement, strategic reform, and student achievement. Areas of Excellence:
• Student Achievement • Policies/Procedures • Civic Involvement
• Performance Management • Parental Involvement • Fiscal Management
• Data-Driven Decision Making • Professional Development • Community Partnerships
P ROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
ABC P UBLIC SCHOOLS, Miami, FL – 20xx to Present
Principal, BCD Elementary School, 20xx to Present
Manage daily activities and ensure continuous improvement at this K-5 urban school. Administer the school budget and
expenditure authorization. Set rigorous expectations and implement the Whole School Improvement Plan with targeted
performance goals and objectives aligned with the district’s benchmarks. Standardize performance by creating a teachers’
handbook focused on best practices and adherence to school policies and procedures. Foster inclusion through newsletters and
bulletins; enhance school image by initiating community-sponsored events.
• Shifted school performance from underachievement status to making annual yearly progress; implemented the Whole School
Improvement Plan and initiated Saturday School for underperformers.
• Played a role in 20/50 students’ earning invitations to attend Boston Public Schools’ advanced work class during each year of
• Reduced referrals and special education placements by 10% each year. Cut disciplinary incidents, including violence, each
year. Decreased suspensions, referrals to the office, and calls home 43% by implementing the Behavioral Management Plan.
Increased parent participation each year by 20%.
• Grew overall student population from under 200 at the start of tenure to over 300.
• Wrote a proposal to improve education through student physical health and received a $250,000 playground grant.
• Initiated the Data Team to assess overall data and facilitate objective, rather than subjective, student/teacher performance
evaluations and customized instructional plans. Launched the Instructional Leadership Team to assist in implementation of
the school’s instructional program.
• Provided counseling services to over 40 students using social workers from five outside agencies.
• Devised a school schedule that maximized math instruction time.
• Demonstrated the need for additional staff and reevaluated the use of financial expenditures to utilize additional staff to
focus on science instruction for students in grades 3 to 5.
• Restructured the daily schedule to better utilize extracurricular staff and provide additional support for students not meeting
benchmarks in math and reading.
• Designed a curriculum map to connect the teaching of social studies and reading to address the lack of time available to
teach social studies content.
Miami Principal Fellows Program-CDE Elementary School, 20xx to 20xx
Selected to serve as a member of the first Boston Principal Fellows cohort. Worked collaboratively on financial forecasting,
budget development, and management of a K-5 school with 680 students and 110 teachers and staff. Spearheaded the charge of
providing teachers with student performance data to enhance remedial area identification and individual instruction plan design.
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Miami Principal Fellows Program-CDE Elementary School, Continued…
• Elevated the level of reading and writing instruction by increasing the number of fourth grade students scoring at proficient
• Decreased the number of students scoring at the needs improvement level 3% by aligning with fourth grade teams to
address student work and make critical instruction decisions based on key data.
• Increased parental involvement by opening a parent center at the school that grew active base from 5 to 50.
• Reduced behavioral incidents significantly by implementing a cafeteria plan, which included a book club for each grade
level and focused students on reading and discussing the same book at lunch tables. Wrote a grant and obtained books for
the book club.
• Designed and facilitated workshops and seminars to heighten level of professional development in the areas of use of data
to scale up instruction, effective readers’ / writers’ workshops, using MCAS results to impact whole school improvement,
and proper usage of assessment tools.
Earlier Roles: First Grade Teacher/Reading Recovery Teacher, J. P. CDE Elementary School, 20xx to 20xx;
Reading Teacher, EFG Elementary School/GHI Middle School, 20xx to 20xx
XYZ UNIVERSITY, Miami, FL
M.Ed., Educational Leadership, Concentration in Curriculum Development; Certificate in Reading
UNIVERSITY OF XYZ, Miami, FL
Curriculum and Program Development Guided Reading and Writing Model Facilitator Supporting Literacy Facilitator DRA
SRI QRI Cooperative Discipline Record of Oral Language DIBLES Using Student Work to Guide Classroom
Instruction Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop Strategies for Teaching ESL Students Data Analysis Grant Writing
Developing Professional Learning Communities Curriculum Mapping Reciprocal Teaching
CONTINUING P ROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
NISL (National Institute for School Leadership), 20xx
Developing Professional Learning Community Workshop, 20xx
The Principal As Instructional Leader, 20xx
Using the 3-Tier Model to Improve Reading Instruction, 20xx
LICENSURE, AFFILIATIONS , & TECHNICAL SKILLS
Elementary Education 1-6, 2014 Massachusetts Reading Certificate, 2014
Administrative Certification, K-6, 2014 Reading Recovery
Technical Skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Data Base
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