A while back I posted a couple of rants about the search for a new superintendent by the overly large school system I work for and mentioned that the school board probably wouldn’t want my opinion on the matter. Well, it turns out they do want to hear from me on the subject! Sort of. The expensive headhunter firm hired by the board is holding a meeting this week to allow all us employees to chip in our two cents worth. Unfortunately, they’ll have to miss my insights since I’m teaching that evening.
Oddly enough, however, there may not be much left to say. The email announcing this wonderful opportunity includes a link to the "draft" profile for the new superintendent – seven printed pages! No, I’m not going to link to it. (I get in enough trouble already without some school board member finding my rants in Google.) But there are a few choice qualifications I’d like to share from the "draft".
- experience as a classroom teacher — desirable but not required (they’re going to lead a school system with no experience as a teacher?)
- a terminal degree in an education-related field — preferred but not required (those terminal degrees can be painful :-)
- demonstrate the ability to create a climate for instructional innovation (innovation comes as an afterthought to several mentions of improving test scores)
- demonstrate instructional leadership in providing staff development and support for staff members (any sort of support in this area would be a big improvement)
- demonstrate enthusiasm for technology and understand and support its timely infusion into instructional programs (keep the enthusiasm – a basic understanding would be a good start)
If you’d like to apply for the job, write me and I’ll put you in touch with the headhunters.