Provide current and aspiring school superintendents with the skills and knowledge that will help them successfully lead and manage school districts.
- Target Audience - current superintendents, sitting superintendents, associate and assistant superintendents and principals with at least five years of experience; all participants must hold or be eligible for a superintendent’s license.
- Delivery of Curriculuminitially on campus, later a blended approach of on campus (face to face) and online learning opportunities, e.g., a low residency model. Both on campus and online, the curriculum will be delivered in ways that actively engage participants in debate and dialogue with experts and each other on major issues in education. Participants will be given reading and other assignments before class that will not be covered in class, but which they will be expected to use in class exercises (e.g., reverse instruction). Major themes include: individual development of leadership skills and goals; educational reform initiatives; innovation and change management; and capacity building.
- Faculty—mix of university faculty and practitioners who have local/regional/national experience. Distance technologies will be used to bring in speakers with national reputations from other parts of the country.
- Mentoring—each participant will have a mentor selected from a mix of university faculty and practitioners; mentors will focus on helping participants develop their own individual leadership skills and goals.
- Interdisciplinary and Collaborative across UNO and the University of Nebraska system.
- Competency-based—based on the ISLLC standards and competencies.
- Length—Nine months starting in September and ending in June with no course in December. All classes will be on Fridays except the September course which will include an Orientation on Thursday afternoon and the first course all day Friday. Participants are asked to commit the equivalent of one day/8 hours per month to classroom sessions and to spending the time necessary to do pre-class reading and preparation. The attached Schedule lists the courses for each month. The attached Curriculum outlines the competencies addressed in each course and provides brief descriptions of the courses.
- Cohort-based—with cohorts of up to 15, with the intent of creating a network that will serve participants throughout their careers.
- Competitive Selection of Participants—Participants will be recommended by their superintendent or Board chair. The selection committee includes members of the Metropolitan Omaha Education Consortium (MOEC), members of the Superintendent Academy Advisory, and UNO administration and faculty members.
- Evaluation of Courses and Program: Participants will complete an evaluation of the course and instructors at the end of each course. The program will be evaluated by using participant self-assessments of the program competencies and skills. Participants will do these self-assessments before the program, halfway through the program, at the end of the program, and six months after the end of the program.
2013 – 2014 Course Schedule for Midlands Superintendents Academy
September 26 - 27, 2013:
Orientation (4 classroom hours)
Course 1: Knowing and Managing Yourself (8 classroom hours)
(Note: This is the only month where we will ask participants to commit to more than 1 day.)
October 18, 2013:
Course 2: Systems Thinking, Strategic Planning, and Work Process Management (8 classroom hours)
November 15, 2013:
Course 3: Understanding and Promoting Ethical Behavior (8 classroom hours)
December: No course
January 24, 2014:
Course 4: Managing the Organization, Operations and Resources (8 classroom hours)
February 21, 2014:
Course 5: Marketing/Communications (8 classroom hours)
March 21, 2014:
Course 6: Managing Board Relations (8 classroom hours)
April 25, 2014:
Course 7: Communications and Media Relations (8 classroom hours)
May 16, 2014:
Course 8: Managing Legislative Relations (8 classroom hours)
June 13, 2014:
Wrap-up and Presentation of Certificates