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Tag: superintendent professional development

Your Board President:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 19, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-superintendent-cabinet governance retreat three  weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  curriculum and instruction) with committees aligned with the board’s …

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The Right Mindset is a Must For Building a Solid Partnership With Your Board

May 11, 2021 0 Comments

A staple of my one-on-one governance coaching sessions with superintendents in recent years has been the critical role that what I call “Mindset” plays in building and maintaining a close, positive, productive and enduring board-superintendent partnership.  What am I talking …

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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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David Schuler on Preparing Aspiring Superintendents for the Top Spot

September 21, 2020 0 Comments

In addition to serving as superintendent of Illinois High School District 214, Dave Schuler dedicates countless hours to making this true tale of woe that’s recounted in my book Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership the exception to the rule.  A …

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Southern Fairfield County (CT) Superintendents Explore the Governance Frontier at Their High-Impact Governing Work Session

November 14, 2018 0 Comments

The daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” hosted by the Southern Fairfield County Superintendents Association on October 26 opened with a discussion of the wild and wonderful “field” of K-12 governance, which actually is still far from being a full-fledged field …

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It’s Never Been Easier To Publish Your Own Book, So Go For It!

February 22, 2018 0 Comments

“Have you thought about publishing your own books?” No I hadn’t, and, to be honest, the question took me aback when I heard it a decade ago.  I was chatting with a long-time colleague, Tom Berger, about the new book …

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David Schuler and Helen Morris on AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy

January 11, 2018 0 Comments

In my experience, brand new superintendents often travel a pretty rocky – and often perilous – road during their first year or two in the top spot in their district, primarily because they haven’t acquired the knowledge and skills required …

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Six Hats That Extraordinary Superintendents Wear

January 23, 2017 2 Comments

As part of my superintendent and nonprofit CEO coaching work over the past several years, I’ve developed six “hats” that – in my experience – really extraordinary superintendents and other chief executives wear.  These roles have proved to be a …

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Demonstrating Your Board Savvy-ness in Board Interview Sessions

July 12, 2016 0 Comments

Doug PR Photo JPEGOne of the K-12 governance trends we discussed during the session I presented at MASA’s Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy on May 20 was the rapidly growing number of school boards that are paying serious attention to the “board savvy-ness” of candidates …

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Gary Amoroso and Mia Urick on MASA’s Aspiring Superintendents’ Academy

June 30, 2016 0 Comments

A quarter-century of work with public and nonprofit CEOs and their boards has taught me that the preeminent factor determining whether a CEO achieves her executive leadership objectives over the long run is a close, productive, and enduring board-CEO working …

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