from Dr. Steven Guttentag
Chief Education Officer at Connections Academy
One of the biggest challenges in running a virtual school is recruitment of the school principal. Virtual schools are so new to the education field that finding a seasoned virtual school principal can be challenging — but there are ways to find just the right candidate for your school. You need someone who is incredibly tech savvy, who understands the nature of a choice or charter program and can recruit students and families to attend. Because of the important role the parent plays in a virtual school setting, I also look for someone who has a proven track record with parent and community outreach and communication. Itâ€™s also important to consider a candidate who has experience being a school principal — even though the strategies might differ, in the end the goals, responsibilities and challenges are the same. Even if you canâ€™t find someone with the specific virtual school administration background, look for analogies. I ask potential candidates to identify past experiences that can transfer to the virtual school environment. Usually the best candidates are risk takers, and educators who are willing to help re-invent and respond to the new education solutions offered by a virtual school.