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ERIC Number: ED520577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Strengthening the Superintendent Pipeline and Professional Development Options. Implications from UCEA
McCord, Bob
University Council for Educational Administration
The dramatic change over the past 20 years of the demographics, education and career trajectory of superintendents has significant implications for the nation's schools. Since 1923, the State of the American School Superintendency has documented the evolution of superintendents' careers and school district leadership more broadly. The most recent study found both an aging population of superintendents and a trend toward entering the position later in one's career (Glass & Franceschini, 2006). A follow-up study by the Center for Systems Leadership of the American Association of School Administrators (McCord, Jordan, & Jordan, 2008) explored the confluence of the career pipeline, incentives and disincentives to assuming the superintendency, and the availability and quality of mentoring and coaching for new and sitting superintendents. Despite the above trends and their implications for increasing support, superintendent mentoring and leadership development seem to be rare, leaving many, particularly new, superintendents ill-equipped for increasing accountability demands and fiscal pressures in leading districts. In recent years, particularly given increased accountability expectations, superintendents' work increasingly has shifted toward leading district educational improvement. A growing body of evidence (Waters & Marzano, 2006) demonstrates the important impact that superintendents' directions and actions can have on student achievement and the achievement gap. This paper describes several key policy strategies for strengthening the superintendent pipeline.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University Council for Educational Administration