Superintendents

The Entry Process

Two New York state school district leaders provide recommendations on the process of new superintendent orientation and onboarding

June, 2016 Ken Mitchell and Susan Elion Wollin

ESSA creates opportunities for local leaders

For nearly 20 years, the chief execs of NSBA and AASA (American Association of School Administrators – the Superintendents Association) have shared stages at their respective national conferences to discuss school leadership. This year, NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel and his AASA counterpart, Daniel A. Domenech, framed their Saturday exchange in light of the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

Both acknowledged some surprise that the replacement of the former No Child Left Behind Act has moved from Congressional wrangling to implementation planning.

Selecting Your Superintendent: Strategies for Selecting and Retaining a High-Quality Candidate

Next to policy decisions, the selection, evaluation and retention of the superintendent are among the most important functions of a school board. An average urban school superintendent of 3.2 years suggests the need for some important discourse and development around the conditions necessary to hire and retain those entrusted with the responsibility. This session was developed based on best practices employed by some of the country's leading search firms and professionals.

How to Attract and Retain a Superb Superintendent and Employees in Your School District PowerPoint

In these ever-changing times for public schools, attracting the best possible candidates for the job is a must for the benefit of all involved. Come and learn what crucial roles a school board plays in the success of their school district through excellent governance of themselves.

Presenter: Andrea A. Lawful-Trainer, principal/CEO, C.A.P.E.S. and school board member, Abington School District (PA)

NSBA Comments on Brookings Report on Superintendents’ Impact on Student Achievement

Alexandria, Va. (Sept. 3, 2014) - Whether school superintendents are “vital or irrelevant” is the focus of a newly issued report by the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings. The premise of the report is that it fills the gap in the paucity of available data on the impact of superintendents on student achievement.

NSBA comments on new report on superintendents’ impact

Whether school superintendents are “vital or irrelevant” is the focus of a newly issued report by the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings. The premise of the report is that it fills the gap in the paucity of available data on the impact of superintendents on student achievement.

Extant research suggests that an effective partnership between the school board and the superintendent is critical.

A Case for Improving Superintendent Evaluation

Superintendents and boards play a key role in the performance and outcomes of school systems. Fair, valid, and objective evaluation of a superintendent’s performance is imperative for supporting the work of the superintendent and holding the system accountable for success. As Peterson suggested and emerging research supports, school boards and their members are capable of doing this hard work. Effective and fair evaluation of the superintendent may be one of the most important ways school boards can lead an aligned and highly effective school system.

“Race” Matters in Education

Superintendent Valeria S. Silva, leader of the Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) District, addresses the role of and need for racial equity in the educational setting. Recognizing that Minnesota has one of the largest achievement gaps (or as Ms. Silva prefers to call it, opportunity gaps) in the country, SPPS began three years ago to analyze and address the systems, values and expectations that perpetuate this gap in its schools. This past year, the district adopted one of only two active racial equity policies in the state. Ms.

Superintendent Search

The National Affiliation of Superintendent Searchers (NASS) is the most experienced network of executive search professionals in the country. We support this national network for state school boards associations as their best resource for finding and recruiting qualified school superintendents.

State school boards association search professionals are uniquely qualified to provide a highly specialized, well-organized search that will attract quality candidates and adhere to the highest standards of ethics and effective school governance.

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