Leadership Development is Priority One

As part of the Evidence-Based Leadership framework, we recommend that superintendents hold Leadership Development Institutes (LDIs) to develop all leaders and to engage teams of leaders to plan the curriculum. The Janesville School District of Janesville, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Superintendent Karen Schulte, committed to holding four LDIs each year.

The LDIs are planned by leadership teams that may include a curriculum team (during the event), linkage team (continuous learning from one event to the next), logistics team (event planning and setup), and social team (integrating relationship-building learning events into the day). The superintendent provides direction and begins each institute by presenting a current state address.

School districts tend to resist by claiming to be unable to put all their leaders in one room. Superintendent Schulte has created a “win-win” situation to counteract this objection. She schedules teams of teacher leaders (who could be the next generation of principals) to provide fill-in leadership to schools so that principals and assistant principals can attend LDIs.

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Excerpt from: Maximize Performance

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