November 16, 2011 Edition

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Hoxie School administrators (from left) Bart Hyde, high school assistant principal; Tim Ryan, elementary principal; Tim Booth, elementary assistant principal; and Charlie Powell, high school principal, review the new principal evaluation system, which is designed to incorporate the six major Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards, which are high-level standards for education leadership.
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Hoxie piloting new
principal program

Shantelle Prater
Staff Writer

The Hoxie School District is one of 10 school district's piloting a new principal's evaluation system in the state of Arkansas.

"There hasn't been a structured, state-wide system before," said Hoxie Elementary Assistant Principal Tim Booth.

"It's based on the goals of your school district, and serves as a self-assessment," said Charlie Powell, who is serving in her first year as Hoxie High School principal.

The Arkansas School Leadership Coordinating Council developed the new principal's evaluation system with the vision that expanding the knowledge and skills of educational leaders will perfect teaching and learning.

"The new system is more student-centered," Booth said. "It is designed to help administrators be the best facilitators of learning."

Hoxie School began piloting the system in July, although the school board has yet to adopt the plan. School leaders Powell, Booth, supt. Dennis Truxler, high school assistant principal Bart Hyde and elementary principal Tim Ryan have attended conferences in Little Rock to learn the new system.

"At this point the biggest difference about the system is it allows us to tell which areas we need to work on," said Booth. "It allows us to look at ourselves internally and allows the superintendent to see how we are doing and growing as school leaders."

Both Powell and Booth agree the hardest challenge with the new program is self-reflecting.

"It's difficult to find the time to sit down and truly evaluate yourself, then meet with the superintendent and review the evaluation. Something is always going on," said Booth.

Each of the 10 school districts is scheduled to meet again in March to review the new system and critique it. Depending on reviews, Booth believes the system will then be introduced to other districts in the state to pilot for approval.

In addition, Powell said Hoxie School District is also piloting a new teacher's evaluation system.

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