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Category: Becoming A Superintendent

Home-grown school superintendents bring stability, deep knowledge to their districts

A small group of home-grown school superintendents in California defy the stereotype of a school leader who parachutes into a district, spends three or four years there, and moves on to a new job in another district. One in 4 of the superintendents in the state’s 20 largest districts were at one time students in the same district that they now lead.…

Want to Be a Good Boss? Start by Understanding Why You Want to Lead

Kids on the playground and military generals both know that there are two ways to hold onto power. You either dominate everyone and demand their support, or you get them to like you and offer up their fealty Those two leadership styles—motivated by the desire for either dominance or prestige—are…

Noguera: 10 Points of Advice for the ‘Next Generation’ of School District Leaders

“Increasingly across this country today, we have a dual system of education in our urban areas: a private system for the affluent and a public system for the poor. That will never work.” Those were the words of Pedro Noguera during his keynote address on Day No. 1 of the…

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