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This comprehensive how-to guide for aspiring and new superintendents provides examples and covers the full range of topics from preparation through strategic planning.

Getting Started: Organizing to Lead
Getting started: Organizing to lead

You are now the district's leader. Your main responsibility is to improve learning for all students. To do this, build on the knowledge you gained through the transition. Use your first impressions of the district's history, values, culture, strengths, and challenges as a guide while you continue to learn.

Set high standards and expectations for staff and ensure a strong organizational structure is in place. These provide a foundation for leadership. The following overview of systems and strategies represent years of experience and the value of hindsight, “If only I had known this before I started my first superintendent position …” It focuses on the basics of running a school district. This is challenging work. You need ...

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