Wednesday, January 30, 2013

January 30, 2013

It has been another busy week in Leadership Services (LS)  Monday we were helping USD 417 screen superintendent candidates.  We always work to find the best candidate that is also the best match for the district.  That is one of the most difficult tasks we have in LS.  Many times we have more great candidates than the board can interview so the characteristics forum we do with each community really helps determine the best skills needed to match the needs of the district.

We hosted another evaluation session yesterday at KASB.  We had four district teams in the building to spend the day reviewing their current model and comparing and contrasting to several of the newer systems that have been approved by the state.  This is the fourth seminar Dr. Jordan has hosted and we have scheduled other onsite training for member districts.  Both the Kansas Educator Evaluation Protocol and McREL have be discussed by many districts around the state.  We will know more about what districts decide in the near future since KSDE set a deadline to select the model this March.

One of our many services is working with McREL’s Balanced Leadership.  The past two weeks we have been in Andover with their admin team and at SCKESC in Clearwater working with teams from several districts including Augusta, Goddard, Wichita. Lots of great discussion and an in depth study of change theory.  It is always fun to watch the “light bulbs” go on when they relate their past experiences with change initiatives and the many struggles associated with implementation.

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