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True North Negotiating

The most significant consideration for negotiating your contract starts with identifying what is most important to you. Whether you are destined to keep the ship afloat or be a driving force for change, negotiating a successful contract sets both you and the board on a path where all parties must find their true north.

Terminated! Oh no! Now What?

The fact is that if you have been terminated, non-renewed, or forced to resign, you are not alone, rather, part of an ever-growing community of leaders who have made a positive difference to many and still have much to contribute in a new district or a new role. But what does one do?

The Case for Investing in Teacher Agency and Trust: Solving America’s Teacher Shortage Problems

Providing teachers more control over classroom decisions is far more financially effective and efficient than trying to find ways to boost teacher salaries. Teachers seek out districts and schools where faculty are trusted, respected, and appreciated. With the ever-increasing demands for accountability, following a common core curriculum, local and state mandates, teacher autonomy is a rare commodity.

Counting Down and Moving On

About this time of year, some of our colleagues begin counting down to retirement – not in days, weeks, or months – but in Board meetings. If you are one of these fortunate few, now that it’s November, it may be 7, 14, or (gasp) 28, but in any case, the end of your sterling career is near. July 1 will be here in the blink of an eye so our HYA team would like to offer some advice.

Students of Our Students

As educators committed to improving student well-being and performance, we first must understand our students. The most effective way to be a student of our students is to become a student for a day.

Younger Candidates – Boards’ Willingness to Hire Beginners – Retirees are Taboo

In today’s current environment, there appears to be a much wider acceptance among board members for candidates moving into their first superintendency and for finding the right philosophy and organizational match.

The Board’s Image as a Key Factor in Recruiting

Search consultants often share with boards that candidates are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing the candidate. While this has been true for a long time, technology makes information about boards very accessible to candidates.

Need for Deeper, Longer and More Extensive Vetting

The Internet and the continuing expansion of digital record keeping are two factors impacting the length of time for background searches on candidates. When financial, criminal, and complaint records were...

Community Transparency and Candidate’s Confidentiality

While Boards have always had to make decisions around the level of confidentiality they seek and accept in the search process, the public desire for transparency is adding a new dimension to these questions.

Expectations on the Role of Board Members

Many current board members began their service as board members during an era of significant distrust in government and institutions, of special interest groups playing a major role in decision-making through advocacy efforts, and of wide variances and deep divisions within the community’s expectations for public education.

Considerations for Boards Getting Ready to Conduct a Search

So your Board needs to do a superintendent search during the coming year due to the superintendent’s retirement or possibly the need for a change in leadership. Most of the...

Thinking about a Job Search this Year – Seven Things to Do Now!

Update your resumeHaving a current resume ready to go is essential, as you want to be ready to submit your resume when you see a vacancy you want to pursue...

Goal Setting for School Improvement

The fundamental purpose of setting school improvement goals is to assess the effectiveness of improvement efforts. The utility of the school improvement process rests on the inferences one can draw...

Ready or Not: A Broader Definition

The Every Student Succeeds Act and other national initiatives are expanding the definition of college and career readiness and calling for local school systems to craft a broader and more...

Trust the Process

Out of all of the variables that make a difference in the selection of a new Superintendent one of the most important to the success of a search is the process to be used.

Leadership and Return on Investment

SCHOOL DISTRICT LEADERS face challenges when they attempt to document the relationship between costs and quality. Return on investment analysis is motivated by the strategic intentions of school boards and leadership...

Evidence-Based Practice: The New Language of Leadership

Prior to the enactment of the federal No Child Left Behind ACT (NCLB) school boards and the broader school community defined the superintendency narrowly by the leader’s ability to manage...

Driving Student Performance with Systemic Analytics

Improving student performance is more dramatic when school leaders employ systemic analytics. Despite continued emphasis on systemic approaches to school improvement, schools struggle to use data and information in a...