SuperEval Blog

Engaging a Distracted Generation

December 1st, 2017

With the increase of handheld electronics dominating individual’s attention from a young age, students live in a perpetual state of distraction. Many teachers are exhausted with constantly focusing on classroom management and re-focusing students’ attention. So, how do district leaders help teachers battle this change in societal trends and keep their attention during lessons? Dr. […]

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SuperEval Case Study: Charles Leichner

November 14th, 2017

Executive Summary Charles Leichner, the superintendent at the Cassadaga Valley Central School, realized his school district’s evaluation process had remained unchanged for over a decade. One of the main issues was that their process lacked a rubric, making feedback from board members subjective. While Leichner and the board members had a great dialogue and rapport, […]

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Top 10 School Districts in America: What Do They Have in Common?

November 9th, 2017

Picture the perfect school district. What does it look like? In which areas does it consistently rank the highest? While academics, administration, and teachers may come to mind, other factors deserve consideration as well. Diversity, sports, and food, for example, also affect a school district’s perceived success. To determine which characteristics are most common among […]

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Show of Hands: Should Districts Cater to Students’ Learning Styles?

November 7th, 2017

As a thoughtful leader and dedicated difference-maker in your school district, you will do anything to provide the best possible experiences for your students, faculty, and staff. But even though it may be easy to say, “Yes, we must cater to every student’s learning style,” experienced superintendents are savvy enough to explore personalized learning environments […]

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Sharpen Your Communication Skills

October 26th, 2017

Best Practices for Managing Communication for Superintendents “The art of communication is the language of leadership.” —James Humes, Author and former presidential speechwriter Managing communication is an essential aspect of any superintendent’s job. As a leader, it’s essential to communicate clearly and frequently with the school board, teachers, parents, the community, and the media. Setting […]

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Keep Your Top Teachers: Simple Strategies for School Districts to Retain their Best and Brightest

October 6th, 2017

Consider these statistics from the article “Revolving Door Of Teachers Costs Schools Billions Every Year” featured on NPR.org1 in 2015: Each year there are thousands of teachers who begin their career. Over the next five years, nearly half will transfer to a new school or leave teaching altogether. Richard Ingersoll, who has studied retention in […]

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Top Ten Talent Acquisition Best Practices for School Districts

September 29th, 2017

To Compete for The Best and Brightest Teachers, School Districts Must Take a Critical Look at Their Talent Acquisition Efforts In general, many school districts are behind the eight-ball compared to other business sectors in the United States when it comes to effectively recruiting and retaining the best and brightest talent. In 2016, the Center […]

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Seven Standards of Excellence in Superintendent Evaluations

September 22nd, 2017

The annual performance evaluation of superintendents remains the ideal opportunity to reflect on professional practices, celebrate achievements, and to identify both strengths and areas in need of improvement. By applying specific standards of excellence in leadership evaluation, the process transcends from an event in time to a professional development experience with focused conversations among the […]

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The Importance of SMARTER Goal Setting for Superintendents

September 15th, 2017

Personal goal setting… Many superintendents might agree that there just aren’t enough hours in a day. And because of this, goal setting is a task that may get put on the back burner. After all you are busy dealing with changes imposed by the state, staff meetings, parents, teachers and budget cuts. However, goal setting […]

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Navigating the Quagmire of Leadership in a School District

September 8th, 2017

“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is about growing others.” — Jack Welch, Former chairman and CEO of General Electric, Best Selling Author If you were to look at the most successful individuals in any given industry, you would find that they did not […]

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