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Fall 2017: Chicago

National Superintendents
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Upcoming Cohort: Fall 2017 in Chicago

Our National Superintendents Academy will meet Sept. 22-23, 2017 to kick off the Chicago Cohort.  Participants from across the country including Colorado, New York, Louisiana, Texas, and Florida will come together. The cohort will cover several topics over its five, 2-day sessions. Every participant will complete a skill assessment as part of the orientation process and will have an individual learning plan to guide their learning.  Feature of the academy include:

Relevant, Updated and Cutting Edge Curriculum

  • A coherent curriculum focused on preparing superintendents to change school districts from a culture of adult entitlement to a culture of performance, developing accountable systems.

Key topics are:

  • Building an accountable school system
  • Developing the political skills to orchestrate needed changes to the system and survive to see them through
  • Developing the communication skills needed to engage the staff and community in a coalition for district transformation
  • Utilization of data and information technology in district leadership

Experienced, Highly Successful Faculty

  • A program taught by a cadre of highly successful experienced superintendents, public sector, and private sector executives—all of whom have been successful in significantly increasing organizational performance.

 Motivated Participants

  • Those selected for participation in the program will be outstanding, high performing leaders whose next logical career move would be to a superintendency.  The program will also be open to outstanding charter and private school system leaders as well as high performing executives from the military, private sector, and other not-for-profit organizations.  Participation will be limited, and applications will be screened for the highest quality candidates.

 Post-Graduation Support

  • Graduates will receive support from The National Superintendents Academy through the placement process and will have access to quality support services through their first full year on the job.

 Monitoring of Results

  • The National Superintendents Academy will monitor the progress of graduates, tracking those placed in superintendencies, their longevity in position, and student achievement results.  This data will be used to inform and continually improve the program curriculum.

 

Session 1: September 22-23, 2017
Session 2: October 13-14, 2017
Session 3: November 10-11, 2017
Session 4: December 8-9, 2017
Session 5: January 12-13, 2018

Academy Topics

The National Superintendents Academy curriculum will be a coherent program with all elements focused on preparing transformative superintendents who can build accountable, high-performing school systems. The following are key topics of the Academy.

Session 1
September 22-23, 2017

Leadership and Career Management

  • Understanding and articulating a personal leadership vision
  • Preparing to participate in a superintendent search process

Session 2
October 13-14, 2017

Governance; Board, Superintendent and The Community

  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing positive relations with the board of education and external community
  • Establishing strategies that will establish and maintain a productive working relationship with the board
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role in local, regional, state and national politics
  • Identifying strategies to manage local, regional, state and national politics
  • Developing and implementing a theory of action that will result in an effective school system
  • Preparing to participate in a superintendent search process

Session 3
November 10-11, 2017

Communications, Political Mapping and Career Management

  • Developing the communication skills needed to engage the staff and community in a coalition for district transformation
  • Identifying strategies to create and maintain systems of communication with the Board, The Community and Internal Stakeholders
  • Preparing to participate in a superintendent search process

Session 4
December 8-9, 2017

Accountability for Student Success, Diversified Governance and Transformational Leadership

  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing a highly effective and accountable learning organization
  • Identifying strategies to transform the culture of an organization from one of adult entitlement to one centered on student achievement
  • Developing a dynamic district plan and performance management system
  • Driving optimal organizational accountability through use of performance data and information technology
  • Driving optimal organizational accountability systems to drive academic growth
  • Preparing to participate in a superintendent search process

Session 5
January 12-13, 2017

The Budget and the Superintendency

  • Aligning the district’s budget and budgeting processes to support achievement of the district’s plan
  • Understanding the superintendent’s role and responsibilities in developing and implementing a budget
  • Identifying strategies to increase revenue streams
  • Developing a dynamic system to best leverage resources