Principals: Survey Your Stakeholders to End the Year

As the school year winds down, I begin to solicit feedback by sending surveys to staff and parents.  I ask them about the performance of our school and also my work.  The first couple of years as an administrator, I wouldn’t have dreamed of doing such a thing.  I’m not sure I was confident enough in my role and I was probably nervous about the kind of feedback I’d receive!  Looking back, I wish I would’ve had a formal structure to get the thinking from others that would allow me to improve as a principal.  Since I’ve started doing this, it’s been very helpful to sit back on a June day when the students are gone and see our school through a different lens.  It makes me consider different perspectives and possibilities.download.jpg

By administering these surveys, I hope to send the message that I welcome the thinking of others, that I have a growth mindset and a burning desire to get better at my job, and that their voice matters.  With the data, I make an action plan of how I will address the issues that surface.  I also share the results and/or the action plan with the people who took the time to fill out the survey so they can see some of the summative results.

Below are the surveys that I sent to parents and staff last week.  I have tweaked them over the years based on how often I have been in the building, areas of focus for our school, or specific thinking I was hoping to receive.  I use SurveyMonkey because it’s free, easy, and anonymous.  If you need a format, feel free to use or adjust these as you’d like.

 

1. How would you rate Andy’s effectiveness as a principal this year?

Highly Effective
Effective
Minimally Effective
Ineffective

2. Andy has helped to create a positive culture at JU for staff

Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

3. Andy has helped to create a positive culture for students at JU

Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

4. I feel “valued and appreciated” by Andy

Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

5. JU has a collaborative culture with shared ownership and voice

Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

6. JU is an enjoyable place to work

Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

7. I see Andy’s areas of strength as:

8. Areas I think Andy can improve are:

9. Areas of strength for Jamestown Upper are…

10. Areas of growth for Jamestown Upper are…

1. The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner
The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner Strongly Disagree
The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner Disagree
The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner Neutral
The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner Agree
The curriculum my child is learning matches what they need as a learner Strongly Agree

2. The instruction my child received this year was effective

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
The instruction my child received this year was effective
The instruction my child received this year was effective Strongly Disagree
The instruction my child received this year was effective Disagree
The instruction my child received this year was effective Neutral
The instruction my child received this year was effective Agree
The instruction my child received this year was effective Strongly Agree

3. I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress
I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress Strongly Disagree
I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress Disagree
I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress Neutral
I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress Agree
I received timely and accurate information about my child’s academic and social/emotional progress Strongly Agree

4. I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown
I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown Strongly Disagree
I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown Disagree
I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown Neutral
I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown Agree
I feel like my child is safe at Jamestown Strongly Agree

5. Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown

Always Sometimes Neutral Rarely Never
Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown
Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown Always
Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown Sometimes
Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown Neutral
Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown Rarely
Being bullied is a problem for my child at Jamestown Never

6. The principal is effective in his role as the building leader

Ineffective Not yet effective Neutral Effective Highly Effective
The principal is effective in his role as the building leader
The principal is effective in his role as building leader Ineffective
The principal is effective in his role as building leader Not yet effective
The principal is effective in his role as building leader Neutral
The principal is effective in his role as building leader Effective
The principal is effective in his role as building leader Highly Effective

7. The Jamestown staff cares about my child

Strongly Disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
The Jamestown staff cares about my child
The Jamestown staff cares about my child Strongly Disagree
The Jamestown staff cares about my child Disagree
The Jamestown staff cares about my child Neutral
The Jamestown staff cares about my child Agree
The Jamestown staff cares about my child Strongly Agree

8. My biggest PRAISE and/or THING TO CHANGE for Jamestown would be…

9. Share anything about the principal’s work you do appreciate or don’t appreciate

10. Any additional information about Jamestown or your child’s 2017-2018 school year that you’d like to share

 

Next year, I’d like to extend the surveys to our students.  While I do exit interviews with each 5th-grader, I have not surveyed them in the past.  If you have student surveys you use with elementary students, please share those with me.

Best wishes on the final weeks of school with your students.  Enjoy all the end-of-the-year moments, smile, laugh, and be grateful to be part of the greatest profession in the world.download.jpg

 

 

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