Leading a School District Requires Clarity, Context, and Candor:
An Aligned System to Increase Student Achievement at Scale
BY DR. PETER GORMAN WITH DAIL WILLIS
Recognized nationally as an education leader and for developing outstanding leadership teams, Dr. Peter Gorman has distilled his 30 years of experience into this professional development guide for aspiring and serving superintendents. It’s packed with big ideas plus an action plan for putting the ideas into practice — to guide you in taking concrete steps that increase student achievement and close achievement gaps. Hands-on scenarios take you through:
- Preparing and applying to be a superintendent: The Board of Education, reform governance, board communications, media and public relations
- Entering as superintendent: evaluating the current state, developing an entry plan, building public trust
- Establishing systems, processes and structures: the “meat” of the book, focusing on climate and culture, an aligned system, creating a strategic plan and much more
- Implementing a theory of action: strategic staffing, accountability, data-based decision-making, differentiated resources
- And more!
Within Reach: Leadership Lessons in School ReFORM from CHARLOTTE-MeckLENBURG Schools BY TIM QUINN AND MICHELLE KEITH, foreword by PETER GORMAN
About transformational leadership in a large, richly diverse school system, this book is a unique story from a number of perspectives. First, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School district has had a succession of highly competent leaders. Dr. Peter Gorman, completed a successful five-year tenure. Second, the system has been blessed with a strong core of smart and focused continuous learners on the district’s leadership team. There is a culture among district leaders that, “We must be better for our kids each and every year.” And finally, the results achieved by CMS on its key indicators of success have set a new standard for urban districts across the country. This is a story of the leadership lessons learned in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
BOARD AND ADMINISTRATOR
CONTRIBUTING EDITOR AND AUTHOR OF THE LEAD COLUMN: DR. PETER GORMAN
Each month, Board & Administrator focuses on helping you create a solid superintendent-board relationship. In 8 quick-read pages, the For Superintendents Only section gives you targeted guidance on fostering positive interactions with your board, teaching board members their proper role in the decision-making process, and keeping them focused on strategy and policy issues.