December 2020: School Administrator
Coaching and Collaborating for Instructional Leadership
New attention to the principal-supervisor relationship shows the possibilities for educators’ growth and students’ gains
It's Just Lunch ... Or Is It?
A superintendent's path to a positive and collaborative union-district relationship starts over a meal
The Demographic Realities of School Tax Elections
A suburban district employs tracking technology and commercially available data to generate decisive community support of its funding proposals
Support by the Community
How widely do superintendents feel public backing?
Conveying Caveats on Extra Time
Is a principal justified in referencing extended time to complete tests when writing letters of recommendation for students with disabilities?
Video Surveillance on School Property
Should parents and police be given access to recordings?
The Zoom Muzzle Syndrome
How can you elevate board member engagement when meetings are conducted via videoconferencing?
Remote Attention to Social-Emotional Needs
A superintendent’s use of social media to cultivate perseverance, teamwork and empathy.
In Uncertain Times, Showcase Your Humanity
An assistant superintendent on reminding your community of your core values.
The Difficult Embrace of Constructive Criticism
A prideful leader who sees the value of feedback should be ready nonetheless for a bruised ego at times.
The Kaya Principles on Leading Leaders
A principal’s essay on drawing inspiration from a school district chancellor for his feelings of empowerment and protection.
Leadership Teams That Share Credit
One of our key responsibilities as superintendents is to develop the school district’s leadership team. Establishing a culture that focuses on both individual and team success is vital, not only for the well-being of the district, but also for the sustainability of every effort we pursue as a district.
Sometimes Influence, Not Authority, Works Best
Leading a community while operating well short of authoritarian rule.
Extending an Educational Lifeline
School provided a lifeline during childhood for this superintendent, something she hopes to extend now to others.
Scholarly Work Made Relevant
Richard Boyatzis is the sort of thinker you’d expect to find in the professional literature about organizational behavior and management. In fact, that’s where I most recently encountered the longtime
scholar who had contributed a piece to Harvard Business Review last summer titled “Helping People Change.”
That was enough to lead me back to Boyatzis, who teaches at Case Western Reserve. We asked him to draw on his newest book to share applications of research about modifying behavior for the greater good of the organization’s mission. Find his co-authored article, “From Core to Core: Coaching With Compassion for Professional Growth."
By training a clinical psychologist, Boyatzis has spent time working with K-12 educators. Over the years, his published work on training and coaching has drawn on examples of teachers and principals, and a recent project on organizational development led to his observations involving superintendents in his writing for us this month.
He believes education leaders can benefit from the broader organizational leadership literature, even if the works aren’t usually pitched their way. “The only reason books are not focused on this audience,” Boyatzis says, “is that they don’t spend money on training at the same level as industry so it is really a marketing issue, not relevance.”