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Tag: K-12 superintendent leadership

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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CEO-Centric Leadership Targets Are Key to a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

Around fifteen years ago I was retained to facilitate  a half-day work session involving a school board and its superintendent.  In our initial call to discuss the work session objectives, the board president and  superintendent agreed that there was one …

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Implementing is a Far Cry From Authorizing in the K-12 Governance Business

January 21, 2020 0 Comments

One of the more egregious errors I made early in my career as a K-12 governance consultant and coach was allowing myself to be pressured into facilitating a daylong board capacity building work session involving all board members and the …

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Kick Off 2020 By Updating Your Superintendent Governance Strategy

December 2, 2019 0 Comments

Preparing for a recent superintendent coaching session, I fine-tuned the process that I’d  developed several years ago for updating the Superintendent Governance Strategy.  All really board-savvy superintendents know that governance (encompassing the work of the board and the board- superintendent …

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Don’t Let Yourself Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

November 29, 2018 0 Comments

“I’m caught between a rock and a hard spot, and it doesn’t feel good – in fact, kind of dangerous.” This is how the superintendent opened our one-on-one coaching session several months ago. She went on to explain that her …

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Collaboration Trumps Conflict in the Shaker Heights Schools

October 31, 2018 0 Comments

   This article featuring a podcast by then-superintendent of the Shaker Heights (Ohio) Public Schools, Gregory Hutchings, and John Morris, President of the Shaker Heights Teachers’ Association, was originally posted in September 2015.  We are re-posting it not only because it …

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Cleveland Heights-University Heights Superintendent Talisa Dixon on Dealing with Dramatic Board Turnover

May 4, 2018 0 Comments

“What can I do at this point?” The beleaguered superintendent in the workshop I was presenting last year on building solid board-superintendent partnerships had just shared a horror story with his colleagues in the room – one that I’d heard …

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The Demand Side of Succession Planning: Ripe for Board Involvement

February 16, 2018 0 Comments

What a great week it’s been!  I was privileged to spend four hours Tuesday morning in Nashville, presenting a workshop (“The Board-Savvy Superintendent”) for – and interacting with – participants in AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program.  I can’t recall having …

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