ERIC Number: ED491083
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Feb
Supporting School System Leaders: The State of Effective Training Programs for School Superintendents
Wallace Foundation, The
The current report explores what is available to superintendents after they assume their positions: what the landscape of sustained executive training and support options available for sitting school system leaders looks like. It describes about two dozen programs offered around the country-who offers them, how they are organized and funded, what (if any) theoretical approaches undergird them, and what (if any) evaluations are done on their impacts. The report describes programs offered by superintendent membership organizations, other (non-superintendent) nonprofits, universities, foundations and for-profit companies. It is divided into two parts. Part I starts with a brief description of the methodology and the programs surveyed and then looks at some of the broader questions about the nature of the executive programs available, exploring common attributes across programs, as well as design choices programs make about format, funding, focus, theories of action and coaching. This section of the paper concludes by stepping back to look at these programs as part of a "system"--what our country offers for the executive education and support of sitting school superintendents. It examines funding and scaling up issues, capacity building at the districts and at the sponsoring organizations, and what assessments can be made of the impacts of these programs. The second part provides snapshots of each program, including the individual programmatic descriptions and the summary responses to the guiding questions of the study. [This report was also produced and funded by The Wallace Foundation.]
Descriptors: Superintendents, Nonprofit Organizations, Leadership Training, Professional Development, Program Evaluation, Program Effectiveness, Professional Associations, Philanthropic Foundations, Colleges, College School Cooperation
The Wallace Foundation, Five Penn Plaza, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001. Tel 212-251-9700; Web site: www.wallacefoundation.org.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. Graduate School of Education.