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Tag: Doug Eadie

4 Board-Savvy Superintendents on Preparing Superintendent-Aspirants to Take the Helm

June 27, 2022 0 Comments

A few years ago a really bright and thoughtful superintendent almost 18 months into her first superintendency reached out to me for help.  In our first two-hour coaching session, I learned that, in her opinion, she was handling her first …

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Superintendent Leadership on the Governance Front:  An Emerging New Model

March 28, 2022 0 Comments

Over the course of my 35-plus years working with superintendents and their school boards, I’ve conducted hundreds of one-on-one interviews with superintendents, preparing for retreats and educational workshops.  One of my standard questions relates to processes superintendents have put in …

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2 Powerful Board Development Vehicles:  a Hot Topic at my 2022 NCE Workshop

February 25, 2022 0 Comments

“The Superintendent as Board-Developer-in-Chief” was one of the five presentation/discussion modules in the pre-conference workshop I presented on February 16 at AASA’s 2022 National Conference on Education in Nashville.  Over the course of 45 minutes or so, workshop participants were …

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Beating the Odds:  Transforming the Culture of the Ithaca City School District

February 10, 2022 0 Comments

Kudos to the Board, Superintendent and Cabinet of New York’s Ithaca City School District for beating the odds by carrying out a successful decade-long cultural transformation initiative, which Board Vice President Sean Bradwell and Superintendent Luvelle Brown describe in the …

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Blazing a Trail on the Board Engagement Front in Colorado’s Thompson School District

February 9, 2022 0 Comments

As my recent video interview with Board President Barbara Kruse and Superintendent Marc Schaffer indicates, Colorado’s Thompson School District is blazing a new trail in the area of board member engagement.  Like many districts around the county these days, the …

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3 Superintendents on Meeting the Community Relations Challenge in Turbulent Times

December 30, 2021 0 Comments

In the best of times fostering a positive district image in the eyes of community members and building close, productive relationships with key stakeholders are daunting challenges.  If the parents of our students were our districts’ only “paying customers,” external/stakeholder …

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Boosting the Governing IQ of the Superintendent-Aspirants in Your Cabinet

November 5, 2021 0 Comments

Last August, sitting in on a Cabinet governance work session that Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of the Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools, was facilitating, I observed a consummate board-savvy chief executive in action.  Over the course of four hours, Ehren and his …

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Deb Henton:  An Award Winning Superintendent’s Successful Transition to Association CEO

October 25, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview that Deb Henton and I recorded recently, she brought in-depth, wide-ranging K-12 leadership experience to her new role as Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators when she took the helm …

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Board Standing Committees Supercharge Virginia Beach City Schools Governance

June 1, 2021 0 Comments

In the recent video interview I recorded with them, Board Chair Carolyn Rye and Superintendent Aaron Spence of the Virginia Beach City Schools make a compelling case for employing well-designed board standing committees to assist the school board in carrying …

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From Building Principal to Superintendent of the Bloomfield Hills Schools: Patrick Watson Meets the Change Challenge

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Patrick Watson, Superintendent of Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills Schools, Pat has achieved quite a feat: making the challenging transition from building principal to highly effective chief executive officer of one …

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