Arizona Alliance of Black
Interview 101: Make your dream job a reality!
Dr. James Driscoll currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for East Area K-8 schools in the Mesa Unified School District in Mesa, Arizona. He has teaching experiences at a variety levels K-8 in the suburban and urban settings as well as a faculty associate professor for Arizona State University. Dr. Driscoll’s administrative experience includes being a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal, Director of Special Education, and a District Hearing Officer. He has extensive experience in evaluation processes, developing equitable/challenging learning experiences for all students, and identifying strengths and weaknesses in collaborative learning communities. Dr. James Driscoll holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership, a Master’s degree in Human Relations, a Master’s degree in Special Education, and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership..
Each year thousands of candidates interview for school administration jobs across the United States. According to US Department of Education (2013), over 20 percent of principals left their schools and over 70 percent of principals have less than five years at their current schools. Put another way “A quarter of the country's principals quit their schools each year, according to the report, and nearly 50 percent leave in their third year (Superville, 2014).” The turnover rate of principals has provided a need for qualified school administrators especially in high-poverty districts. In this session participants will receive strategies for preparing for a principal interview. Participants will gain knowledge of current issues and trends in the principalship.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.