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Mentoring Matters for Superintendents: April

Leadership-life Fit:

See how exercise impacts your body, brain, and mind and get moving today to reap more benefits tomorrow!

Working with Your Board to Navigate Change:

In an AASA School Administrator article this month, a retired superintendent discusses several simple, straightforward suggestions for supporting your board through change initiatives in your district.

Access the article here.

For a deeper look at the change process, you may want to check out pages 212-226 “Facilitating Change” in The Superintendent’s Fieldbook. If you don’t have access to this book, you can get a more in-depth look at how the author of that section, Gene Hall, has applied change process research to professional learning and school improvement in this article from Learning Forward. 

You may find it helpful to share a model of change like the Concerns-based Model with the board to help them anticipate the various stages of concern typically associated with the process of change. It may support them in responding to the questions and concerns they will inevitably field regarding your change initiative.

You can find additional resources regarding the Concerns-based Adoption Change Model here

Commonly Asked Interview Questions of Principals:

Here are 30 questions frequently asked during principal interviews. 

Expectations for the Superintendent-Principal Relationship:

  • What do you look for in a principal?
  • How do you communicate your expectations?
  • What is the reciprocal nature of the superintendent-principal relationship?

A veteran administrator explains how leadership and management skills, loyalty, insulation, instructional leadership, and communication are key expectations of an effective principal. He notes that principals simultaneously should expect advocacy, integrity, and consistency on the part of the superintendent. What do these look like in practice? Read this brief article to find out!

Organizing for Professional Learning:

The Iowa Professional Development Model provides tools and resources to guide you in reflecting on the impact of your professional learning plan, analyzing your summative data, determining the focus for future adult learning, and designing an effective district (and building) professional development plan.

You can access the IPDM here to facilitate your school improvement process.

Monthly Checklist:

These lists are intended as a guide and are likely not all-inclusive! Process in your mentoring partnership to identify other items that need to be addressed.