Mentoring Matters for Superintendents: May

Leadership-life Fit:

Increase your mindfulness (being fully present and aware) in order to reduce your stress and build your resilience by making these simple practices part of your daily routine.

Superintendent’s Tremendous Ten from 2013-14:

As you bring your school year to a close consider publishing a “10 Outstanding Accomplishments” communication. It provides opportunity to reflect on your year and acknowledge your successes. The following questions (in no particular order) offer a guide to start your thinking:

  1. Achievement- What achievement goals has your district met? Graduation rate goals? Trend data on the uptick?
  2. Staff- How might you recognize the commitment and work of your staff? What professional learning has resulted in organizational growth and capacity?
  3. Administrative Team- How might you celebrate the leadership of your administrators? What evidence speaks to their efforts?
  4. Classroom Support Staff- How have you engaged your support staff in organizational learning and how has that influenced your progress toward your goals?
  5. Community Support- How can you recognize the support of your community? Did you pass a bond issue and ISL? Have you collaborated regarding a specific initiative or cause?
  6. Maintenance- What has your maintenance staff accomplished? How might you celebrate the work of your support staff?
  7. Facilities- Have you added any facilities? Updated? Renovated? Planned for any improvement projects?
  8. Transportation- What changes or improvements can be attributed to the work of your transportation team?
  9. Activities/Athletics- What teams and individuals have attained success?
  10. Service- In what kind of service work have your students/staff been involved?
  11. Parental Involvement- Can you recognize the support and involvement of your parents?
  12. Volunteers- What role have volunteers played in your system and how might you celebrate them?

Leverage technology as your communication tool—think PowerPoint, Pow Toons, Slide Share, and video (YouTube) as well as newsletter linked via Twitter, Facebook, etc.


Revisit your Administrator Professional Development Plan and your personal/professional goals. These resources can help you refine your goals, if necessary, and improve your goal-setting process!

Creating Performance Goals That Matter – This brief article offers several “think abouts” as you set your goals for 2014-15:

  1. What are my strengths? How might I build upon these in my leadership?
  2. What are my interests?
  3. Where might I seek to grow in my skills and/or knowledge?
  4. What training is available to assist me?
  5. How do my personal and professional goals align with my current responsibilities?
  6. How would I prioritize my list?

The article validates the significance of goals to the work of the superintendent and the need to prioritize and make manageable the most important of these goals.

Developing Evaluation Tools and Goal-setting: This resource from a New Hampshire superintendents’ conference offers questions and suggestions to help you navigate the goal-setting process with your board and help them to self-evaluate. Coupled with the resources from SAI and IASB, it can enhance your process!

May and Beyond Monthly Checklist/s: 

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