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The Superintendent's Planner
A Monthly Guide and Reflective Journal



October 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
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

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. Welcome to the Superintendency
Introduction

 
About the Book

 
From Us

 
 
2. 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

 
 
3. September and October: Starting Smoothly and Settling In
Opening Year Communication

 
Staff Evaluation

 
School Board Elections

 
Showing Up

 
Speaking From Experience

 
 
4. 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

 
 
5. 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

 
 
6. 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

 
 
7. 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

 
 
8. 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

 
 
9. Crises, the Unexpected, Caveats, and Musings
The Unexpected

 
But Then, There Are the Wonderful Things

 
A Word About You

 
 
Resource A: School Site Inspection
 
Resource B: Site Readiness Inspection Sheet
 
Resource C: Summary of School Inspections
 
Resource D: Key Actions Checklist
 
Resource E: Custodian School Inspection Sheet
 
Resource F: Playground Inspections
 
Resource G: Portable Building Inspections
 
Resource H: Human Resource Annual Calendar
 
Resource I: Meeting Schedule
 
Resource J: Administrator Evaluation Form
 
Resource K: Administrator Evaluation Process
 
Resource L: Budget Guidelines
 
Resource M: Budget Calendar
 
Resource N: Planned Priorities
 
Resource O: Organization Chart
 
Resource P: Information for Board Members
 
Resource Q: School District Responsibility Chart
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"A concise resource that can serve as a reference for the new superintendent as well as a refresher for the seasoned superintendent. Information is presented in a chronological fashion rather than by theme, so the book serves as a great planning tool to integrate with the board of education annual calendar."

Dan Lawson, Superintendent
Tullahoma City Schools, TN

"A thoughtful contribution of the utmost importance for district planning as well as a guide for how the superintendent effectively leads the organization. This book provides rationale and examples that help administrators perform at a higher level."

Douglas Hesbol, Superintendent
Laraway CCSD #70C, Joliet, IL

"Without a doubt, this book will be a treasure for any new superintendent! It's a perfect ‘bible’ for the beginning superintendent. I wish I had this at my side when I first began."

Marie Blum, Superintendent
Canaseraga Central School District, NY

"I do not believe I have ever seen a guide that is so practical and current. I particularly liked the advice on communications, celebrations, board relationships, and community involvement. Those are the kinds of interpersonal gestures and activities that go beyond just following a checklist and are critical to the success of new and experienced superintendents."

Brenda S. Dietrich, Superintendent
Auburn-Washburn School District, Topeka, KS

"I love the monthly structure of the book. If superintendents follow these monthly guides, I am certain they would avoid the pitfalls to which many leaders succumb."

Mike Ford, Superintendent
Phelps-Clifton Springs CSD, NY

"As an experienced superintendent, I found the book fascinating to read, and I found myself comparing the suggestions presented in each chapter with tasks that I would list during that same time period. This would be a gift that I would give to mentees and new superintendents."

Robert Frick, Superintendent
Lampeter-Strasburg School District, PA

The Superintendent's Planner will be a supplemental Textbook in our course The Modern Superintendency.

Dr Jack K Barshinger
College Of Education, Aurora University
May 22, 2015

1. Month to Month guide provides students with a format to complete their own portfolios.
2. Easy to read.

Professor Mireille Singh
Educational Admin Dept, National University
August 10, 2013

An excellent planner for superintendents, but I had already chosen several books for this class. I will seriously consider it in the future, however.

Dr Gregory Hicks
Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education, North Carolina State University
August 25, 2012

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Chapter 1


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