South High Mission: To educate each student to be committed and responsible lifelong learners, who possess the ethical values and critical skills necessary for success in a culturally diverse, technology-driven, global society.
South High Vision: We support students as they develop critical thinking skills through a range of challenging courses that integrate inquiry, reading, research, writing and technology. We foster confidence and motivation in students by encouraging them to discover their passions, generate curiosity about the world around them, and value multiple cultures and points of view.
ABOUT MINNEAPOLIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS PRINCIPALS AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
School leaders in the MPS system are responsible for setting an ambitious vision for student achievement and leading the school community to realize that vision. Principals strategically implement the school’s mission, manage resources, lead students, and manage staff to ensure that every student in Minneapolis Public Schools is prepared to succeed in college, career, and life.
INSPIRE PEOPLE & TEAMS: Effectively lead a high-performing team of teachers, academic support professionals, and operational support staff.
Communicate regularly with staff to identify and address individual student needs and barriers
Recruit and select staff members based on evidence of a commitment to high levels of academic success for all students, and their ability to get results
Hold all staff members accountable for achieving ambitious, measurable standards of academic achievement
Conduct timely and effective staff member performance evaluations
Assume responsibility for staff member improvement and establishes a professional development plan with clear goals linked to school improvement priorities
Create opportunities for leadership and recognition for staff members who consistently meet high academic achievement and professional standards and takes action with staff members who consistently fail to meet high standards.
BUILD THRIVING COMMUNITIES: Create a safe school environment that promotes equity, high expectations for all, and authentic engagement with diverse stakeholder groups.
Establish a safe learning environment for staff and students
Engage partners, parents and families in supporting students’ learning at school and at home
Create systems and processes to support a culture of collaboration, understanding, inclusion of diversity, and mutual respect
Communicate effectively with diverse groups and community stakeholders
Respond to stakeholder concerns in a timely and professional manner
STRATEGIZE & ACHIEVE RESULTS: Lead the school’s instructional program to ensure that all students are college and career ready.
Develop a shared vision for equitable results; sets aligned, ambitious short- and long-term goals; and creates an actionable school improvement plan (based on data and multiple sources of information) to ensure achievement for all students
Create a sense of urgency to achieve goals and vision and takes immediate action to ensure early successes
Establish and reinforce a school culture that is focused on continuous improvement, regularly uses data and assessments to monitor progress towards goals and strategically adjust practice
Organize and schedule time in alignment with instructional goals
Create effective systems and processes to align, obtain, allocate and efficiently utilize human, financial and technological resources to ensure staff and students have the support needed to succeed
Identify and engage the key influencers and community resources necessary for success
MODEL EXCELLENCE: Model effective instructional leadership, high expectations for students and staff, and focus on continuous learning.
Frequently observe instruction, review student data and work, and provide effective feedback and coaching on instructional practices
Leas implementation of strong, research-based assessments, curricula, and instructional practices, including Focused Instruction
Solicit and eagerly receive feedback from all stakeholders to improve professional skills
Advance school district policies, procedures, and initiatives in pursuit of transformative change within the school
Master’s Degree in Education or a closely related field
Three (3) years of professional teaching experience.
A valid Principal’s license in the State of Minnesota
Successful experience as a principal, principal intern, assistant principal, or teacher leader, preferably in an urban school
Exceptional results with raising student achievement
Experience transforming a team or organizational unit
A valid Minnesota Director of Special Education Licensure
Mindsets and Dispositions:
A deep belief that all students can and will excel academically
Initiative, persistence and drive to go above and beyond
Resilience in the face of challenges and an orientation toward solutions
High expectations for self and others
Drive to continuously improve, commitment to using data, and openness to feedback
Confidence to lead with humility, authenticity, and personal responsibility
Student and school performance data
Best practices in management and leadership (e.g., effective systems and processes to develop human capital in support of student learning, theories about leading change, etc.)
Best practices in curriculum, instruction, and assessment, including for special student populations (e.g., English learners, students who receive special education services, and students who are advanced, off track, etc.)
Principles and practices of administrative management, including strategic planning, budgeting, and contract management
Legal, ethical and professional rules of conduct
Creating and executing a school strategic plan
Effectively managing resources and prioritizing tasks and projects to achieve goals (including planning, organizing and coordinating work of assigned staff members)
Taking action independently without day-to-day direction and despite ambiguity, obstacles, and/or resistance
Continuously evaluating efforts, owning missteps, and taking corrective action when necessary
Building relationships and communicating effectively with many different stakeholders (e.g., students, families, staff members and the broader community), verbally and in writing
Operating a personal computer utilizing standard and specialized software
Ability to learn MPS, state and federal policies, procedures and programs
Interpreting, and applying state and Federal statutes, codes, rules, and regulations.
Evaluating alternative instructional designs, curriculum, behavior modification and assessments.
About Minneapolis Public Schools
Who we are
We are MPS. We turn everyday achievement into student achievement. Minneapolis Public Schools embraces diversity in our students, in our staff and in the programs we offer to accelerate learning.
Where we are located
We serve students and families throughout Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota. View directions to our schools and administrative buildings.
What we offer
We offer students and families a wide range of tools to make their education successful.
Before and after school child care. Minneapolis Kids provides high quality school-age child care for families. The program offers a safe, nurturing, educational and recreational experience where children develop friendships, independence, and confidence.
Caring teachers. Our teachers are dedicated, passionate and committed to closing the achievement gap and raising the bar for all students. The Milken Educator Awards, considered the Oscars of teaching, have recognized eight MPS educators since the program began in 1997, more than any other school district in the state of Minnesota.
Community partnerships. The generosity of volunteers, local businesses and organizations impacts student achieveme...nt. Our community consistently demonstrates that it cares about our students and schools.
Early Childhood Education. Supports and promotes healthy growth and development of children birth to age seven to ensure school readiness and school success.
English Language Learners. Our diverse community is our biggest asset. We welcome new families and stand ready; offering bilingual support staff in our schools and offices.
Healthy meals. Breakfast is offered at no charge daily to every student and our lunch program is award-winning.
Lifelong learning. Adult basic education courses are offered year-round.
Parental Involvement Opportunities. Parents can utilize online tools, participate in school organizations and enroll in groups like CPEO to equip their family with information that will help their students soar. Parent involvement supports success in school.
Paths to graduation. Career and College Centers are located in every high school and our services are flexible enough to meet a wide range of student needs and schedules.
Rigorous academic programs. MPS offers the prestigious the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, as well as College in Schools (CIS), Career and Technical Education, advanced World Language programs and Advanced Placement (AP) coursework to support our students educational growth.
School Choice. Our staff is ready and eager to help families find the right school for their child. We offer popular magnet programs and community schools. Every family has an option to select the school that best meets their needs.
Special Education. MPS staff members are experts at helping students with unique challenges develop to their fullest potential.
Year-round learning opportunities. In addition to classes offered September through June, our students may enroll in summer classes to accelerate learning year-round.
Urban Education. Global Citizens. Minneapolis Public Schools.