Superintendent's Planner A Monthly Guide and Reflective Journal

ISBN-10: 1412961092

ISBN-13: 9781412961097

Edition: 2009

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A practical planning tool with concrete tasks and tips for new or experienced superintendents! Written by seven outstanding superintendents, this reflective calendar and planning journal helps superintendents address day-to-day concerns while maintaining a focus on increasing student achievement. Month-to-month, this planner takes administrators from July through June, provides checklists and templates for overlaying timelines with events, and presents issues for reflection and action that include: Maintaining visibility and effective communication Monitoring program, curriculum, and achievement objectives Building relationships among the educational community Developing the budget Coaching and mentoring Planning ahead, establishing new goals, and facing unexpected events and challenges
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Book details

Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 10/8/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 152
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

Prior to joining the 26,000-student Irvine Unified School District in Orange County, California, Gwen E. Gross served as superintendent in Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Beverly Hills Unified, Ojai Unified, and at the then one-school Hermosa Beach City School District. In addition to her 17 years as a superintendent, she has been an elementary and middle grades teacher, principal, director of operations, and faculty member at universities in the Midwest and on the West Coast. She was named as one of the "Top 100 Educators in North America" and was honored as the "2005 Superintendent of the Year" by Pepperdine University, where she has served as an adjunct professor of education leadership for 10 years. Gross is active in many community and professional organizations, holding leadership positions in many of them, particularly with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), where she has chaired the New Superintendents' Annual Symposium, the 2007 superintendent symposium, served as the vice chair of the State Superintendents' Committee, and has been named a Tri-County Superintendent of the Year. Together with several other superintendents, Gross coauthored Eight at the Top: A View Inside Public Education and Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices . She was a bimonthly columnist for the Beach Reporter newspaper serving Los Angeles County's South Bay area and she has developed a series of creative communication documents for distribution to the many constituencies served by public schools. Gross is received her BA from University of Wisconsin, MA from University of Akron, and PhD from Kent State University, and a postdoctoral certificate from Harvard University.

Patricia B. Novotney is an associate professor at the University of La Verne in the department of organizational leadership. In addition, she serves as chair of the professional administrative services credential program. She is also a consultant with school districts in the areas of governance team training, leadership development, strategic planning, and organizational development. Previously, she spent 36 years in public school district service. The majority of her work was in school administration, where she was a principal in three Southern California school districts and superintendent in two California school districts, serving for 13 years. Novotney has also been an adjunct professor, teaching master's- and doctoral-level classes at Pepperdine University, the University of Southern California, Chapman University, and the California State University campuses at Fullerton, Long Beach, and San Bernardino. During her time as district superintendent, Novotney served as president of the Rotary Club and held offices in several other service clubs. She was also active in the Temecula, California, Chamber of Commerce. One of her community passions was her role as president of a nonprofit organization designed to work on the elimination of child abuse. During her time as superintendent, she received awards from the Rotary, Kiwanis, and Soroptimist clubs; the Temecula Chamber of Commerce and Police Department; and the California State Parent Teacher Association. Novotney received her BS degree from Bloomsburg State University, where in 1994, she was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award. She received her MS degree in educational administration from Chapman University and her doctoral degree in institutional management from Pepperdine University.

Gloria L. Johnston has devoted over 40 years to a career in education. She currently coaches, mentors, and provides professional development for principals, central office administrators, superintendents, and school boards. The focus of her work is on systemic strategies that lead to improving student achievement and closing the achievement gap. Her years of service in PreK-12 education included serving as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, and 12 years as a superintendent of schools. She worked in urban, suburban, and rural school districts in Illinois, California, and Caracas, Venezuela. Most recently, she served as dean of the School of Education at National University, headquartered in San Diego, California.Throughout her career, Johnston has been an invited speaker at state and national professional conferences, served on state and national educational and research committees, and has been awarded major professional development grants. She is coauthor of two books, Eight at the Top: A View Inside Public Education , a collection of stories about the work of school district superintendents, and Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices: Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Good Relationships With Your Board , a practical, experience-based look at the most important role the superintendent has in leading a school district.Johnston earned her PhD in public policy analysis from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her MS in bilingual/bicultural education and BS in humanities (magna cum laude) from Northern Illinois University.

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
Welcome to the Superintendency
Introduction
About the Book
From Us
July and August: Reflecting and Getting Ready for the New Year
Organizing and Preparing for the Year
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Family
Ensuring Schools Are Ready to Open
Reviewing Board Policies
Focusing on the Year Ahead
Speaking From Experience
September and October: Starting Smoothly and Settling In
Opening Year Communication
Staff Evaluation
School Board Elections
Showing Up
Speaking From Experience
November and December: Checking In and Celebrating Progress
Solidifying Board Relationships
Building Positive Board Communication
Monitoring the Current Budget
Monitoring Programs and Student Achievement Data
Assessing Facility Needs
Speaking From Experience
January and February: Taking Stock and Planning for Next Year
Developing a Long-Range Plan
Budget Forecasting for the Next Year
Reviewing the Curriculum and Establishing Goals
Communicating New Focus Areas and Priorities
Sharing the State of the District
Speaking From Experience
March and April: Staying Focused and Facing Challenges
Budget Planning
Planning for Facility Upgrades
Targeting Personnel Actions
Monitoring Curriculum, Instruction, and Student Testing Plans
Planning Board and Leadership Team Workshops and Retreats
Advances
Begin Evaluation of Administrative Staff
Speaking From Experience
May and June: Wrapping Up and Celebrating
Budget Adoption
Reviewing New Staff Hiring
Superintendent Evaluation
Debriefing With Board Members
Scheduling Attendance at Year-End Events for You and the Board Members
Planning Time for Handling Difficult Issues
Finalizing Summer Activities
Finalizing Plans for Next Year's Pre-Opening Activities
Reviewing the District Media and Communication Plan
Completing Summative Evaluations of the People Who Report to You
Preparing the Internal Meeting Calendar for Board and Senior Staff
Speaking From Experience
The Routine and Expected
Planning, Leading, and Attending to Meetings
Monitoring for Accountability
Establishing Relationships and Building Community
Building Internal Leadership Capacity
Speaking From Experience
Crises, the Unexpected, Caveats, and Musings
The Unexpected
But Then, There Are the Wonderful Things
A Word About You
School Site Inspection
Site Readiness Inspection Sheet
Summary of School Inspections
Key Actions Checklist
Custodian School Inspection Sheet
Playground Inspections
Portable Building Inspections
Human Resource Annual Calendar
Meeting Schedule
Administrator Evaluation Form
Administrator Evaluation Process
Budget Guidelines
Budget Calendar
Planned Priorities
Organization Chart
Information for Board Members
School District Responsibility Chart
Bibliography
Index
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