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Good to Great Traits
The research question guiding this doctoral study was: How do the traits and behaviors of superintendents in highly successful Wisconsin school districts compare to those exhibited by the successful CEOs identified by Jim Collins in Good to Great, his 2001 best-seller?

JoAnn Sternke’s dissertation, completed in 2011 at Cardinal Stritch University, carried these findings:

  • Superintendents who served as research participants possessed the leadership traits of personal humility and professional will found in Collins’ Level 5 leaders.
  • These superintendents showed the leadership behaviors of successful CEOs described by Collins in the categories of “First Who ... Then What,” “Confronting the Brutal Facts,” “the Hedgehog Concept” and “Creating a Culture of Discipline.”
  • Research participants exhibited two distinguishing leadership behaviors not identified by Collins by (1) committing to building quality relationships and (2) exhibiting a strong community mindedness.

Sternke’s research said superintendents believed in serving their communities and involved the community in developing a shared vision for student achievement.

Copies of “Good to Great: A Case Study of the Leadership Traits and Behaviors of School Superintendents in Exemplary School Districts” can be ordered from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or



Financial Outlook
The Center on Education Policy has issued a new report, “Strained Schools Face Bleak Future: Districts Foresee Budget Cuts, Teacher Layoffs, and a Slowing of Education Reform Efforts.”

The publication reports on school districts’ 2010-11 fiscal conditions and makes projections for the current school year by using data from more than 450 districts. The report also explores what districts are cutting to balance their budgets and the subsequent slowing of education reform.

The document is available at

Dropout Remedies
The UCLA Center for Mental Health in Schools has issued a new report, “Dropout Prevention: Do Districts Pursue Best Practice Recommendations?”

The report states that the dropout situation will not improve until policy and practice ensure students have a comprehensive system of student and learning supports. It can be found at

Improved Outcomes
A new policy brief from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the National Center for Learning Disabilities explores five components of a plan for training general education teachers to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.

“Preparing General Education Teachers to Improve Outcomes for Students With Disabilities” identifies opportunities to support teacher education reform and makes recommendations for federal policy, state policy and providers of teacher education. Examples of successful practices are included.

The brief can be found at


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