There is an infamous activity that teachers have done with students where they ask them to ‘draw a scientist’ and students of all ages will usually draw a white male in a lab coat. If we were to ask educators, ‘Who is an educational leader?’,
As the traditional school year draws to a close so does the superintendent hiring season. Most superintendent searches take place from late November to the end of June. While the opportunities for becoming a superintendent are there, many aspiring candidates find only frustration and disappointment.
All superintendents are responsible for managing their employment contracts. This responsibility begins before you become a superintendent and continues throughout your entire career. It is essential that you keep abreast of changes in contract law by attending workshops; reading the professional journals; and conferring with
New superintendents quickly learn the overwhelming importance of mastering a wide range of internal and external communication strategies. In this world of instant and even pervasive communications, learning how to use the district’s internal systems as well as social media is essential for superintendent success
All superintendents must learn to work effectively with their district’s employees. Of particular importance is mastering the art of “negotiations,” or collective bargaining as it is more formally known. In almost every state, public school employees have the right to bargain wages, benefits, and working
Every superintendent faces the challenge of how to work effectively with a school board and individual school board members. To meet this challenge you must develop and strengthen a wide array of important and often complex skills. Begin by becoming familiar with the state laws
As superintendent, you are responsible for moving the district forward. It is a cycle of continuous improvement with each year building on the successes of the previous one. During your first year it is critical to set in place the elements for this forward movement.
The time between when you were hired as superintendent and your official starting date is your transition period. Transition times vary depending upon when you were hired. Ideally you have one or two months for the transition. Make effective use of whatever time is available.
Read their first posts, So You Want to Be a Superintendent in 2015? and If You Want to Be a Superintendent, Get Started NOW.
Your success in your current position, the time you spent learning about the superintendency, the additional courses and workshops, the network of
Success in seeking a superintendent position requires both personal commitment and professional preparation. Historically, most superintendents begin as teachers, earn an administrative credential and move on to a principal or district office position. Some study for a doctorate while others enroll in superintendent preparation programs