Monday, December 12, 2016

Home-grown school superintendents bring stability, deep knowledge to their districts | EdSource

Home-grown school superintendents bring stability, deep knowledge to their districts | EdSource:

Home-grown school superintendents bring stability, deep knowledge to their districts


A small group of home-grown school superintendents in California defy the stereotype of a school leader who parachutes into a district, spends three or four years there, and moves on to a new job in another district.
One in 4 of the superintendents in the state’s 20 largest districts were at one time students in the same district that they now lead. Some of them – including Los Angeles Unified’s Michelle King, Long Beach Unified’s Chris Steinhauser and San Juan Unified’s Kent Kern – have spent their entire professional careers there.
These superintendents bring a deep understanding of their districts that comes only from growing up there and experiencing district schools from the inside. Some of those superintendents say they are likely to stay longer in their positions than the typical school chief, and some education experts say they have a greater chance of effecting change and maintaining district stability.
“A strong familiarity with a district can give a superintendent a huge advantage in pushing for changes,” said Carl Cohn, executive director of the California Collaborative for Educational Excellence, a new state agency that is providing Home-grown school superintendents bring stability, deep knowledge to their districts | EdSource:


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