ERIC Number: EJ842219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
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My Superintendent Cohort Asks: "What Is Going on Here?"
Bent, Anthony J.
School Administrator, v66 n6 p26-27 Jun 2009
After receiving training along with two dozen other superintendents, the author was fortunate to join a consult group of five superintendents in the Boston area who already knew one another. Though they came from districts that ranged from 1,400 students to one with more than 8,000, they quickly discovered that the protocol channeled their thinking on problems of practice that applied to all of them. Over the last five years, the group has faithfully come together about every six weeks. They meet for 90 minutes, the first half hour of which is informal socializing over coffee. When they are ready to begin the 50-minute case study, one member details the problem for the day and they follow the protocol (presenting the problem, fact checking, brain storming, suggesting action steps, and lastly the original presenter reflecting back to the group). They use a laminated version of the Adaptive Leadership Case Consultation Guide, prepared by Lee Teitel, as a visual reminder, and one of them facilitates the conversation to keep them on task. They have discussed such issues as a controversial student health-risk behavior survey, central-office reorganization of personnel, the arrest of a teacher on sexual assault charges and even how to maintain vigor in their jobs. In this article, the author describes his experience in joining a consult group of superintendents and how this group has given him the time to pause, share his thinking with colleagues in a safe environment and take that bigger look. For him, it has been among the best professional development experiences of his career because every case they consider may be his problem at some point.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, School Safety, Superintendents, Leadership, School Districts, Educational Environment, Administrators, Consultation Programs
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts