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February 18, 2022

Forest Hills Public Schools in Michigan is looking to hire an Elementary School Principal for Meadow Brook Elementary.

Meadow Brook Elementary is a K-4 building that houses both traditional and Mandarin Immersion programs and classrooms in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The application deadline is the end of the month, I believe.

The link to apply to the posting is here:

It might be interesting for parents in other districts to see what the hiring requirements are:

Title: Meadow Brook Elementary School Principal 

Reports To: Superintendent

Job Summary: The role of the elementary school principal is to serve as the “leader of learning” who fosters a safe, caring, and supportive school learning community, ensures a rigorous curricula, and supports evidenced-based instructional practices and effective assessment strategies in a continuous cycle of improvement that result in high levels of learning for all students. Meadow Brook Elementary is a K-4 building that houses both traditional and Mandarin Immersion program classrooms.


Minimum Qualifications –

  • Valid Michigan teaching certificate with elementary endorsement or coursework
  • Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, Instruction, or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years elementary classroom teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications –

  • Valid Michigan administrative certificate
  • Successful experience as a principal, assistant principal, or teacher leader
  • Experience and knowledge in two-way immersion pedagogy and curricula
  • Demonstrated results with raising student achievement for all students including multilingual learners and language immersion students
  • Experience using a State approved teacher evaluation framework

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support implementation of best English-only and language immersion teaching practices in support of student achievement; observe classrooms regularly and provide feedback to teachers
  • Ensure a clear focus on individualized student learning that is guided by relevant and timely data
  • Create a safe learning environment that promotes equity and high learning expectations for all
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement of instruction
  • Optimize learning for all students by ensuring a guaranteed and viable curriculum
  • Support the leadership of the School Success Team and school improvement process
  • Engage in and sustain regional, state, national and international partnerships support Mandarin Immersion Program
  • Establish a culture of high expectations for academics, language proficiency, and behavior


  • Student and school performance data
  • Effective practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment for all student populations
  • Curriculum alignment strategies to ensure focus and coherence within and across grade levels
  • Principles and practices of administrative management, including strategic planning, budgeting, and contract management
  • Legal, ethical, and professional best practices
  • Building relationships and communicating effectively, verbally and in writing, with many different stakeholders (e.g., students, families, staff members, and the broader community)
  • Fostering and maintaining equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for students, families, and employees
  • Experience allocating/managing Title I funding to support student learning


  • High expectations for self and others and a belief that all students can learn at high levels
  • Commitment to continuous improvement, using relevant data, and providing/receiving actionable feedback
  • Resilience in the face of challenges and an orientation toward solutions
  • Confidence to lead with humility, authenticity, transparency, and personal responsibility

Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:

  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word; those activities where detailed or important spoken instructions must be conveyed to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction, and having the ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and making fine discriminations in sound.
  • Repetitive motions: Making substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection.
  • The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities may occur inside and outside.
  • The worker should provide consistent and reliable attendance.

The Forest Hills Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, or sexual orientation), marital status, disability, genetic information, or any other legally prohibited basis in its employment decisions or the provision of services

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