2011 Executive Educator Archive
School Leaders Best Practices
Award-winning superintendents’ best practices can be categorized into five strategies: 1) leading to transform schools; 2) building community; 3) responding to changing times; 4) understanding school reform; and, 5) acting on three basic beliefs: student learning results in successful schools, people are more important than programs, and “we” is more important than “me.”
How to Manage Principals
If we are serious about supporting those who can have a fundamental impact on student achievement, then the school district systems must be aligned to nurture principal success. That alignment is demonstrated through written policies and procedures that require supervisors of principals to make the task a high priority.
Superintendent Evaluations Gone Bad
When asked about not getting results from many of his experiments, Thomas Edison replied, “Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work!” In developing our superintendent evaluation tool, we are in the same position as Edison. Here is our Top 10 list of what doesn’t work.
The Board and Superintendent Team
Good communication is key to keeping a school district’s leadership team moving in the same direction – and feeling good about working together. Good results happen when the leadership team is reasonable in its expectations and respectful in its disagreements.