Council Bluffs Leader is Iowa Superintendent of the Year


Superintendent Martha Bruckner of the Council Bluffs Community School District has been named the 2015-16 Iowa Superintendent of the Year by the School Administrators of Iowa.

“Dr. Bruckner is a leader who is passionate about helping every child succeed. She is intentional to include all voices in the decision-making process, and has a way of empowering and supporting all of the district’s leaders in their work,” said SAI Executive Director Roark Horn.

With Dr. Bruckner’s leadership, the accomplishments in Council Bluff’s schools include an increased graduation rate for eight consecutive years, career academies at the high schools and a new elementary literacy program, individual computing devices for students in third through twelfth grade, and remodeling and new construction of school buildings.

Bruckner has been superintendent of the Council Bluffs district since 2007. She previously served as associate superintendent at Millard (Neb.) Public School District from 2002-2007. She began her education career as a high school teacher and speech/debate coach in Ralston, Neb. A graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, Bruckner earned her master’s in speech education also at UNO, and her doctorate in curriculum, instruction and administration from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

“I am extremely honored to be nominated for and selected as Iowa Superintendent of the Year. Working in education is definitely a team effort, so no one earns recognition alone. I am blessed to have a supportive school board, a talented team of teachers and school leaders, a close group of district administrators, and the world's best support staff. Together, we are working with wonderful community partners to help set the stage for success of our students,” Bruckner expressed.

The Superintendent of the Year is chosen based on the Iowa Standards for School Leaders. This set of knowledge and skills focuses on the ability of a leader to promote the success of all students with:

  • his/her shared vision of learning;
  • the presence of a school culture and instructional program favorable to student learning and staff professional development;
  • a safe, efficient and effective learning environment;
  • his/her work with parents and the community;
  • fairness, integrity and ethics; and
  • an understanding of the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural context.

Bruckner was nominated by her peers and selected for the award by a committee of Iowa superintendents. Administrator of the Year recipients will be honored at a governor’s awards ceremony in late spring and SAI’s awards reception next August. She will also represent Iowa in the National Superintendent of the Year Program, sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators.

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