VIVA Minnesota Project – 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals

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Name of Report: VIVA Minnesota Project – 360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals

Presented to: Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius

Download a PDF of “360 Degree Leadership: Evaluating Minnesota Principals.”


  • Evaluate principles in 5 areas: instructional leadership, positive school climate, fiscal/labor
    management, nurturing teacher leadership, and fostering equality
  • Include all stakeholders – parents, teachers, community leaders, and students
  • Create 3 tracks – successful principals, new principals who need additional support and
    struggling principals – to ensure all are high quality school leaders


  • Legislature receives principal evaluation framework from Minnesota Department of Education
    that is informed by VIVA Teachers
  • Local school boards consider VIVA Teachers’ framework
  • Parents promote VIVA Teachers’ framework to Legislature

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Comments (3)

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  2. Ken Scarbrough

    I understand that public input could broaden a principals’ insite regarding how his/her administration is being viewed. Understanding what the various publics think are strengths, accomplishments, and what should be focuses for the future could be very helpful

    I wonder, however, how far Ed MN wants to go with public input. Should similar surveys be received for all of our teachers from their students’ parents or from other selected members of the community?

    Such surveys could be helpful in both instances, but they also could become very destructive if not dealt with properly. What if a disgruntled community member launches a negative campaign about the subject of such a performance assessment? Districts would have no control over this kind of information/campaign regarding accuracy, motives, or other factors. The reasons for such a campaign could be hidden and quite dubious.

    The idea of expanding personnel assessments to include public input have promise. The implementaion of such a process would have to be carefully considered and planned.

  3. Julie Blaha

    These ideas make a lot of sense. Just one note: I see you used the phrase “sexual preference” on page 24. I think you meant to write the more accepted term “sexual orientation”.

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