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PurposeProvide current and aspiring school superintendents with the skills and knowledge that will help them successfully lead and manage school districts.

Program Description:
  • Target Audience - current superintendents, sitting superintendents, associate and assistant superintendents and principals with at least three years of experience; all participants must hold or be eligible for a superintendent’s license.

  • Delivery of Curriculum  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 the session, 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. In addition, each participant will be assigned a local business CEO as a mentor.

  • Interdisciplinary and Collaborative across UNO and the University of Nebraska system.

  • Length—Nine months starting in September and ending in June with no session in December.  All sessionss will be on Fridays. 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.

2014 – 2015 Course Schedule for Midlands Superintendents Academy

September 26, 2014
Session 1:  Orientation, cadre discussion on expectations, CEO mentorship program, Community Engagement

October 31, 2014
Session 2:  Systems Thinking, Planning Strategically, and Work Process Management

November 21, 2014
Session 3:  Ethical Leadership and Accountability for Student Learning

January 30, 2015
Session 4:  Managing Your Career, Entry plans, Search firms

February 27, 2015
Session 5:  Managing a Crisis, Communication and Marketing, Elections

March 27, 2015
Session 6:  Innovations in Technology for Education, Social Media in Education

April 24, 2014
Session 7:  Politics of the Superintendence, Legislative Processes, Lobbyists

May 22, 2015
Session 8:  Superintendent/School Board Relationships, Policy Development

June 12, 2015
Session 9:  Accountability for Student Learning, The Superintendent and Achievement, The Achievement Gap