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CONTENT STRANDS

The Superintendent Leadership Academy (SLA) program includes study in the areas of leadership, strategic planning, curriculum alignment, instruction and student assessment, management systems and structures, and preparation to become a superintendent. Content will include, but is not be limited to the following:

LEADERSHIP
  • Characteristics of personal and professional leadership
  • Understanding situational leadership
  • Characteristics of inspirational leaders
  • Communicating the vision and mission of the organization
  • Change theory and implementation
  • Trends and issues
  • Developing teacher leadership
GOVERNANCE ISSUES AND STRATEGIC PLANNING
  • Working strategically with the Board
  • School Board relations
  • Involvement of parents and community stakeholders
  • Setting the vision, mission, values and beliefs
  • Goal setting process
  • Aligning and implementing organizational goals
  • Data driven decision making
  • Creating a culture of accountability
  • System readiness-governance, leadership, culture and capacity
  • Teacher union relationships and strategy
CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION AND ASSESSMENT
  • Curriculum, alignment, instruction and student assessment
  • Best practices with focus on ELL
  • Analysis of student assessment data
  • Designing school identified staff development
  • College readiness for all students
  • School improvement programs
  • Use of technology to improve outcomes
MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS AND STRUCTURES
  • Budget and financial planning and allocation
  • Fiscal responsibility
  • Developing policy and procedures
  • School law
  • Human Resources management
  • Ethics and ethical conduct
  • Business partnerships
  • Media and public relations
PREPARING TO BECOME A NEW SUPERINTENDENT
  • Preparing for the role and responsibility
  • Challenges faced by a new superintendent
  • Working with search consultants
  • Doing your homework
  • Developing an entry plan
CHARACTERISTICS OF EQUITY LEADERSHIP AND WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY
  • Equity leadership skills/traits
  • Advancing equity & social justice issues
  • Dealing with achievement and opportunity gaps
  • Advocacy for disenfranchised students, parents, communities
  • Addressing the digital divide
  • Increase graduation rates and reduce dropout rates
  • Access to Advanced Placement courses
  • Parent and community involvement