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Public Education Leadership: Frequently Asked Questions


How are superintendents selected and trained today?

What makes the Partners of '63 feel we can make an impact?

What early thoughts do you have on how to provide this training?

Are you thinking of training for the Principal as well as the Superintendent levels?

How about some training for School Board members?

Can I contribute?





How are superintendents selected and trained today?

Almost without exception, leaders of our education system come from within the system. To be a Principal, one must have first been a teacher for at least three years. To be a Superintendent, one must have been a Principal for three or more years. (Interestingly, public education is the only system in America we know of where promotion is driven heavily by self-selection.) We are concerned as we speculate on the implications of an urban Superintendent whose average tenure is currently 2.3 years before they are fired or move on again. Formal leadership training takes place infrequently at Schools of Education and therefore rarely is taken into consideration in the selection process.

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What makes the Partners of '63 feel we can make an impact?

Good question. We are trained to see problems and build solutions. All of us understand especially the importance of "leadership" to the success of any organization. We are accustomed to gathering perspectives from experts and practitioners in the field to develop a mix of alternative strategies or approaches to defining problems and developing programs. In addition, we understand the importance of taking both a "long- and short-range view," of setting priorities, and of allocating scarce resources to best achieve those priorities.

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What early thoughts do you have on how to provide this training?

We are still in the exploration stage, with many options yet to be placed on the table. We recognize these prospective leaders are well into their careers and have families to support and districts to run, so we suspect that an effective program is likely to involve an Executive Education program — over several years — augmented with distance learning.

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Are you thinking of training for the Principal as well as the Superintendent levels?

Ideally, any effort should encompass leadership training for both Principals and Superintendents — as well as for those who aspire to these positions.

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How about some training for School Board members?

Interesting idea. They hire and fire the professionals, and should understand the leadership agenda. Maybe we should look into this too.

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Can I contribute?

Let's not promise too much to you too soon. One of our first steps is to understand the experiences of Classmates in this arena. If you join Partners of '63 and complete the Program Registration Form, we will keep you informed — and will want to benefit from your experiences in this large and complicated area.

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