The Superintendency:  The Good, The Challenges and the Rewards WSU Superintendent Cohort Presentation  August 11, 2011
 
A Quote to Lead By <ul><li>In the essentials,  </li></ul><ul><li>unity </li></ul><ul><li>In the non-essentials, freedom </...
The Good : Creating the “right” conditions <ul><li>Finding the “right” Board – understand how it changes over time </li></...
The Good: Leading for Learning <ul><li>“ Just right” size </li></ul><ul><li>More conclusive data </li></ul><ul><li>Instruc...
The Challenges <ul><li>You are “The Terminator” </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the board “on board” </li></ul><ul><li>Employee ...
 
 
More challenges <ul><li>Levy/Facilities Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining your beliefs u...
The Challenges: Leading for Learning <ul><li>Small group of leaders, same amount of work </li></ul><ul><li>Drastic changes...
The Rewards <ul><li>If you’re looking for frequent flier miles, get a credit card </li></ul><ul><li>Student learning </li>...
Things I never thought about before being a Superintendent <ul><li>How to hire an attorney </li></ul><ul><li>How to fire a...
Top Ten Things to Remember as a Superintendent <ul><li>Never underestimate the collective wisdom of colleagues </li></ul><...
Top Ten Continued <ul><li>Admit your mistakes before someone has a chance to point them out </li></ul><ul><li>6. Don’t thr...
Top Ten Continued <ul><li>3.  Be the most positive person in the entire district </li></ul><ul><li>Learning “is the thing”...
The unexpected <ul><li>Loving the work </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Leave nothing to chance </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. </li></ul><ul><li>Ralph Waldo Emerson </li>...
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Dr. Roberta Kramer
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Riverside School District

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The Superintendency: The Good, the Challenges and the Rewards

  1. 1. The Superintendency: The Good, The Challenges and the Rewards WSU Superintendent Cohort Presentation August 11, 2011
  2. 3. A Quote to Lead By <ul><li>In the essentials, </li></ul><ul><li>unity </li></ul><ul><li>In the non-essentials, freedom </li></ul><ul><li>In all things, </li></ul><ul><li>clarity </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Good : Creating the “right” conditions <ul><li>Finding the “right” Board – understand how it changes over time </li></ul><ul><li>Different way of leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Hiring “right” and admitting when you’ve done it wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Pace </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic leadership </li></ul>
  4. 5. The Good: Leading for Learning <ul><li>“ Just right” size </li></ul><ul><li>More conclusive data </li></ul><ul><li>Instructional influence </li></ul><ul><li>Support “options” </li></ul><ul><li>Creating the conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Learning is the work </li></ul><ul><li>Inspiring the next generation to greatness: Fearlessness gets us there </li></ul>
  5. 6. The Challenges <ul><li>You are “The Terminator” </li></ul><ul><li>Getting the board “on board” </li></ul><ul><li>Employee relations </li></ul><ul><li>Knowing what can be “managed” </li></ul><ul><li>Influence, but little control </li></ul><ul><li>Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Time becomes different </li></ul>
  6. 9. More challenges <ul><li>Levy/Facilities Needs </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Maintaining your beliefs under pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Asking for advice and following through on it or not… </li></ul>
  7. 10. The Challenges: Leading for Learning <ul><li>Small group of leaders, same amount of work </li></ul><ul><li>Drastic changes stand out </li></ul><ul><li>Mandates </li></ul><ul><li>Program changes </li></ul><ul><li>Reading and learning enough </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking out loud </li></ul>
  8. 11. The Rewards <ul><li>If you’re looking for frequent flier miles, get a credit card </li></ul><ul><li>Student learning </li></ul><ul><li>Measures of “adult achievement” </li></ul><ul><li>Community engagement </li></ul><ul><li>It’s up to me </li></ul>
  9. 12. Things I never thought about before being a Superintendent <ul><li>How to hire an attorney </li></ul><ul><li>How to fire an attorney </li></ul><ul><li>How to deal with the enormity of budget cuts in a relatively small district </li></ul><ul><li>Employees groups and FOLLOWING the contract </li></ul><ul><li>SNOW DAYS </li></ul><ul><li>How it would feel if the Supt’s child got in trouble at school </li></ul><ul><li>How to negotiate my own contract </li></ul>
  10. 13. Top Ten Things to Remember as a Superintendent <ul><li>Never underestimate the collective wisdom of colleagues </li></ul><ul><li>Give yourself breathing room…few decisions require an immediate response </li></ul><ul><li>8. Don’t forget what it was like when you were a … </li></ul>
  11. 14. Top Ten Continued <ul><li>Admit your mistakes before someone has a chance to point them out </li></ul><ul><li>6. Don’t throw down ice melt </li></ul><ul><li>5. Keep your sense of humor healthy </li></ul><ul><li>4. Time spent in the schools and classrooms is the time best spent </li></ul>
  12. 15. Top Ten Continued <ul><li>3. Be the most positive person in the entire district </li></ul><ul><li>Learning “is the thing” </li></ul><ul><li>1. Remember what you stand for </li></ul>
  13. 16. The unexpected <ul><li>Loving the work </li></ul><ul><li>Trust </li></ul><ul><li>Leave nothing to chance </li></ul><ul><li>Respect the outcomes </li></ul>
  14. 17. <ul><li>Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood. </li></ul><ul><li>Ralph Waldo Emerson </li></ul>

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