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ERIC Number: EJ914008
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
Sharing Expertise: Consulting
Graves, Bill
School Administrator, v68 n2 p24-30 Feb 2011
A special breed of superintendents who have developed expertise in a particular area find ways of sharing it in other venues as outside consultants. They pull extra duty to put their special skills into practice, to give back to their communities, to stay current and grounded in the field, or to enhance their professional reputations. They teach at universities, guide other school districts through the development of strategic plans, help school boards find new superintendents or coach other administrators who are new to the profession. All are adamant about one point: Their first priority is always to the leadership of their own school districts. Some have negotiated clauses in their contracts that allow a certain number of days over the year to consult with other organizations or individuals. Many insist they are better superintendents for the extra assignments they tackle. Superintendents tend to take on consulting projects, usually by invitation, that fit the specialized talents they've developed, such as skills in labor negotiation, strategic planning or curriculum development. Superintendents who consult say they ensure their own board of education supports what they are doing, and they get board approval in writing in their contracts. Why would school executives immersed in jobs that carry endless duties, brutal pressures and good financial rewards go looking elsewhere for more work? Superintendents who do some outside consulting say they are driven by a variety of motivations, such as a desire to do community service, to continue their own learning, to stay connected with the broader education world, or to raise their professional profile--with financial compensation a secondary factor.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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