As a public school superintendent and educational leader, one is routinely required to wear many hats and take on numerous responsibilities. These responsibilities can be separated into the two categories of management and educational leadership. Educational leader responsibilities range from curriculum development, staff evaluations and professional development. Managing a school system include budgeting, facility referendum implementation and communicating to all of the stakeholders of the school district.
My constructivist, eclectic philosophy comes from experience and experts who have completed countless hours of research into various aspects of our field. The work of Wager, Danielson, Covey, Jacobs and Edmore, have helped shape my leadership style. My intent has always been to take the best from these experts and demonstrate that their philosophies and practices can be implemented in the real world, in real schools, with real children. Communication to and from my staff is imperative. Trying to implement what experts have suggested without communicating to my staff my strong belief and attitude about helping children achieve at higher levels would be a much tougher road to travel and result in falling short of our goals to aid children. My objective has always been to be humble, but be firm and unwavering in what I believe. All students can, will and must learn with no shame, blame or excuses for failure.
With my background as Supervisor of Curriculum and then as both principal and superintendent, I have a background of collaborating with teachers in developing and then implementing curriculum guides, curriculum maps, professional development plans and innovative programs. Establishing an instructional roadmap to increase educational rigor for all students, regardless of his or her background or learning style, needs to seek to improved student achievement. In collaboration with teachers, to achieve the goal of all students achieving, my districts have implemented an after school Academy of Excellence supporting struggling learners, Wilson/Lindamood Bell reading support programs, a Response To Intervention system, summer library programs and other educational opportunities.
One of the hats a quality superintendent has always worn is one of public relations director as you must be the face of the district. Excellent communication skills and utilizing various forms of distributing information lead to a well-informed, supportive and connected school community. Without question, attending community and school events are part of the job. My experiences include creating and using a district's Facebook and Twitter accounts to reach people who receive his and her information through social media. My districts now use global messaging tools such as Instant Alert and Genesis to quickly reach intended audiences. I have also trained over seven hundred adults in a school volunteer training program which I designed to...