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School Leadership at CMS

Gone are the days when principals and assistant principals acted as pure administrators. School leaders now are more properly defined as chief executives, with all the responsibilities and accountability the position carries. Nowhere is the leadership role more significant than in a large urban school district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools has already made great strides in strengthening its school leadership, but we need to ensure a continuous supply of effective leaders. CMS, in partnership with the Wallace Foundation is committed to hiring, retaining and supporting effective leaders. We firmly believe that great leadership combined with great teaching is the key to great student achievement.

For more information, you may visit our website, CMS Principal Pipeline: Destination Leadership.  


Assistant Principal and Principal Talent Pools:

In preparation for anticipated future vacancies, CMS maintains a pool of potential candidates who have demonstrated their qualification for principal and/or assistant principal roles through a rigorous talent pool selection process. When a new principal or assistant principal vacancy is confirmed, candidates in the Principal and Assistant Principal Talent Pools will be invited to apply. Current CMS principals and assistant principals are automatically considered candidates of their respective talent pool and are eligible for open positions.

Our commitment is to have a selection process that is transparent and respects the profession of CMS principal. We have designed our process to provide applicants with the opportunity to demonstrate their qualifications as they relate to what is required on the job. Candidates are permitted to apply once each academic year.



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Additional Helpful Assistant Principal and Principal Talent Pool Links

Instructions for the Principal Talent Pool letter of interest

Instructions for the Assistant Principal Talent Pool letter of interest 

Resume instructions

A sample resume

Copy of Recommendation

Partner Organizations

Leaders for Tomorrow - Winthrop University

School Executive Leadership Academy (SELA) - Queens University

The UNC Charlotte and CMS Aspiring High School Principals Program

Wingate Educational Leadership Programs

Teacher-Leader Talent Pools

CMS offers a teacher-leader pathway with opportunities for strong educators with a proven track-record of student success to advance in their careers and compensate them more for expanding their reach. The Department of Teacher-Leadership screens candidates through a highly selective talent pool. High quality professional development is an advantage to teacher-leaders accepted into these advanced positions in order to continue their leadership trajectory. Approximately 1/3 of schools in CMS hiring from the teacher-leader talent pool.  Interested candidates are encouraged to view the application requirements and hiring timelines on the department’s website.