ERIC Number: EJ842221
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Superintendents on a Courageous Journey
Reeves, Patricia L.
School Administrator, v66 n6 p30-31 Jun 2009
Who would bet that superintendents would sign up for another layer of accountability--creating portfolios of their best work, tracking their personal growth as superintendents, documenting systemic change initiatives and compiling evidence of impact? The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) made that bet, and in 2006 the state association launched a professional credentialing program for superintendents based on a vision created by a task force of education, legislative and business leaders convened to rethink credentialing for superintendents. What emerged was a concept called the Courageous Journey[TM]. MASA worked with other professional associations serving school leaders, higher education and the state education agency to rethink and reinstate administrator certification in Michigan. The new Michigan certification statute allows school leaders to earn basic, specialty and enhanced credentials through state-approved higher education and professional association programs. With three levels of credentialing options, the new credentialing system provides leaders with a career-long continuum of growth. These new provisions authorized Courageous Journey as a first-of-its-kind, professional credentialing program and a new home for creating shared practice in school district leadership. The Courageous Journey brings together superintendents from districts of varying size, resources, geography and demographics. The intensive credentialing experience lasts three years and leads to a voluntary "specialty" (performance based) or "enhanced" (impact based) endorsement in the superintendency. These administrator endorsements are part of Michigan's three-tiered credentialing system, which recognizes both higher education basic credentialing programs and professional association "specialty/enhanced" credentialing programs. Each of these programs must be approved by the Michigan Department of Education in line with state standards. Now in its fourth year, with four cohort groups of superintendents and two groups of aspiring superintendents, Courageous Journey is home base for building shared practice in the superintendency through the endorsement programs.
Descriptors: Credentials, State Standards, Program Effectiveness, State Departments of Education, Professional Associations, Certification, Superintendents, Administrators, Accountability, Individual Development, School Districts, Leaders, Achievement Gap
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan