The Challenge of the Superintendency to Be a Strong Leader
Recently, our Director of IAPSS, J.T. Coopman, was interviewed by Gerry Dick on Inside Indiana Business. The interview focused on the IAPSS partnership with Butler University to provide a superintendent academy of leadership for our membership. The Educators Preparing Inspired Change (EPIC) program provides opportunities for superintendents to “build skill in many areas including the following:
• Strategy Development • Budgeting/Finance • Change Management
• Community Outreach • Internal and External Communication
• Board Relations”
This program allows superintendents at all experience levels to reflect on their practices and learn specific skills that will help them work through current educational issues and challenges. EPIC addresses: “Budget cuts, increased class sizes, and socioeconomic conditions require our public school superintendents operate in an environment of rapid change and uncertainty. If you are interested in participating in the next cohort, please contact J.T. Coopman for more information.
I also want to acknowledge the work of Andy Melin, Chairman of the Professional Development Committee, and the entire committee for providing a great program for our Winter Seminar at the Palms. The quality of the speakers and the program was very timely. Personally, I walked away with some great ideas that I am already talking to my administrators about implementing in our district.
Finally, I want to remind all of our superintendent leaders that this is an important legislative session from a state and national perspective. Please keep your voices active and connect with your state and national legislative leaders on issues that are important to keeping public education strong in our districts, in our state and in our country.