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Resource Bank



Superintendent Competencies
School board presidents and superintendents hold differing perceptions over the most significant performance competencies for public school leaders, according to a 2012 dissertation completed at Iowa State University by Pamela Rockwood.

Rockwood used an online survey to examine perceptions toward the Illinois Professional School Leader Standards.

In her study, Rockwood found both groups selected the performance competency of “having high expectations for all” as a top indicator. Superintendents placed greater importance on a standard that stresses vision, mission, goals, climate and culture. Board presidents placed greater weight on providing “a respectful, fair climate,” while superintendents more often selected a standard about securing “resources for goals.”

(Copies of “Board and Superintendent Perceptions of the Illinois Professional Standards for School Leaders Critical for Superintendent Success” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or disspub@proquest.com.)



Smithsonian Sessions
The Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies has launched a free online series of weekly programs appropriate for students and educators.

The programs allow interactions virtually with curators, researchers and other Smithsonian experts on an array of contemporary and historical topics. Teacher sessions will enable sharing opportunities related to the topics.

More information is available at http://smithsonianeducationconferences.org.

Effective Principals
The Wallace Foundation has issued an expanded version of its popular report “The School Principal as Leader: Guiding Schools to Better Teaching and Learning.”

The report describes key practices of effective school leaders — and why teachers should care about leadership. New features include an interview with Linda Darling-Hammond.

Request a free copy at emailalerts@wallacefoundation.org.

Youth Interventions
Child Trends has developed two new research briefs examining social interventions for youth, one focusing on females, the other on males.

The studies discuss both effective and ineffective ways of handling academic achievement, delinquency, mental health, reproductive health and social skills for each gender.

Visit http://bit.ly/childtrendsLINKS.

Patron Support
The National School Public Relations Association has published a book by Ken DeSieghardt to improve communication between school leaders and their community.

Think Like a Patron (Without Losing Your Mind) compiles 20 years of research on what patrons and taxpayers care about, offering examples and recommendations.

To order a copy, visit www.nspra.org. 


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