Superintendents

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School & District Management We Pay Superintendents Big Bucks and Expect Them to Succeed. But We Hardly Know Them
National data is skimpy, making it hard to know what influences superintendents' decisions to move on, retire, or how long they stay. Why?
Stephen Sawchuk, June 11, 2021
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Mark Lane, the superintendent of the Decorah Community School District in Iowa, is still going to wear his mask to school, and is encouraging teachers and students to do the same, even though a new law forbids schools and businesses from requiring people to wear masks.
Mark Lane, the superintendent of the Decorah Community School District, is still going to wear his mask to school, and is encouraging teachers and students to do the same, even though a new Iowa law forbids schools and businesses from requiring masks.
Rachel Mummey for Education Week
School & District Management The Governor Banned Mask Mandates in Schools. This Superintendent Won't Stop Wearing His
Schools in Iowa can't require masks anymore. A small town superintendent keeps his on, and finds most of his school community doing so, too.
Catherine Gewertz, May 27, 2021
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Santa Rosa City Schools Superintendent Dr. Diann Kitamura poses for a portrait inside the district’s headquarters in Santa Rosa, California, on May 6, 2021. Dr. Kitamura is stepping down from her role at the end of June.
Diann Kitamura is the superintendent in the Santa Rosa, Calif., school district, which was battered by massive wildfires and then the pandemic. Kitamura will step down at the end of June.
Ramin Rahimian for Education Week
School & District Management A Lauded Superintendent Retires After Years of Crises: 'I Don’t Want to Become Bitter'
The pandemic brought huge leadership challenges to superintendents. As some leave the job, who will replace them?
Stephen Sawchuk, May 21, 2021
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Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner speaks at a news conference at the school district headquarters in Los Angeles on March 13, 2020. Beutner will step down as superintendent after his contract ends in June, he announced Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
Austin Beutner, the superintendent of Los Angeles Unified, will step down after his contract ends in June.
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School & District Management Wanted: Superintendents to Lead Districts Through the End of a Pandemic
Former superintendents say there are signs when it's time to move on. Their replacements are more likely to be greenhorns, experts say.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 7, 2021
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Outdoor education teacher Mark Savage challenges his students with a game in class at Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine on April 30, 2021.
Outdoor education teacher Mark Savage challenges his students with a game in class at Brewer High School in Brewer, Maine in April.
Linda Coan O’Kresik for Education Week
Equity & Diversity Why Two Superintendents of Mostly White Districts Are Actively Fighting Anti-Black Racism
Predominantly white school districts across the country have started addressing systemic racism in the classroom, but not every district is doing it, and those who are brace for backlash.
Eesha Pendharkar, May 7, 2021
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Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Janice K. Jackson, right, speaks on Feb. 11, 2021, during a news conference at the William H. Brown Elementary School in Chicago. In-person learning for students in pre-k and cluster programs began Thursday, since the district's agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union was reached.
Chicago Public Schools Superintendent Janice K. Jackson, right, announced earlier this week that she would depart the school system. Jackson, who assumed the superintendency in 2018, has worked for more than 20 years in CPS.
Shafkat Anowar
School & District Management Has COVID-19 Led to a Mass Exodus of Superintendents?
This year has been exhausting for superintendents. Some experts say they're seeing an unusually high number of resignations this spring.
Stephen Sawchuk, May 6, 2021
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Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie appears before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in Sunrise, Fla. on Nov. 15, 2018.
Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie appears before the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission in Sunrise, Fla. on Nov. 15, 2018.
Brynn Anderson/AP
School & District Management Superintendent Under Siege Since Parkland Shooting Resigns
Robert Runcie, who has led Broward County schools for nearly a decade, steps down in the face of perjury charges.
Scott Travis, South Florida Sun Sentinel, April 28, 2021
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Richard Carranza, Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, arrives to Public School 188 The Island School as students arrive for in-person classes, on, Sept. 29, 2020, in the Manhattan borough of New York.
Richard A. Carranza announced he will depart the top New York City schools job in March.
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School & District Management New York City's Equity-Minded Schools Chief Resigns
Richard A. Carranza, the chancellor of the New York City schools, announced Feb. 26 he will step down from the job next month.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 26, 2021
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Michelle Reid, superintendent of the Northshore district in Washington
Michelle Reid, the superintendent of the Northshore district in Washington, was named National Superintendent of the Year.
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School & District Management Superintendent Who Led During COVID-19 School Shutdowns Gets Top Honors
Michelle Reid of Washington state's Northshore district, one of the very first to close schools last March, was named National Superintendent of the Year.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 18, 2021
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President Joe Biden speaks during a visit to National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. on Feb. 11, 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday, Feb. 12, released long-awaited guidance telling schools what measures are needed to teach in-person during the pandemic. Biden requested the updated guidance in response to complaints that the CDC’s school guidelines under the Trump administration were unclear and inconsistent.
A teacher works with a student behind plexi-glass in Chicago. Superintendents asked CDC officials this week whether using plexi-glass would allow them to shorten social distances in classrooms.
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School & District Management 6 Big Questions Superintendents Are Asking About the CDC Guidance
School leaders' queries show the challenges and concerns they face over resuming in-person teaching.
Stephen Sawchuk, February 17, 2021
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Valerie Bridges, Superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools in Tarboro, N.C.
Valerie Bridges, the superintendent of Edgecombe County Schools in Tarboro, N.C., has started microschools, a teacher-recruitment program, and is revamping school discipline to change the trajectory in this rural district.
Alex Boerner for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From Nurturing Talent at Home to Revive a Struggling Region
In rural Edgecombe County, N.C., Valerie Bridges is revitalizing the region with micro-schools and a homegrown teacher-development program.
Corey Mitchell, February 17, 2021
9 min read
Quincy Natay, superintendent of the Chinle Unified School District in Arizona.
Quincy Natay, superintendent of the Chinle Unified School District in Arizona.
Steven St. John for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From In Navajo Nation, a Star Superintendent Draws on His Ties to the Community
Quincy Natay grew up in Chinle, Ariz. Now he's increasing student access to laptops and Wi-Fi to maintain growth in learning through the pandemic.
Mark Walsh, February 17, 2021
8 min read
Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit Public Schools, and Sharlonda Buckman, assistant superintendent of family and community engagement, have made parental engagement a key part of their turnaround strategy.
Nikolai Vitti and Sharlonda Buckman of Detroit Public Schools in Detroit, Mich.
Brittany Greeson for Education Week
Families & the Community Leader To Learn From Driving Academic Improvement by Empowering Parents
Central to turning around public education in Detroit is reengaging the parents who had been largely cut out of the district.
Arianna Prothero, February 17, 2021
10 min read
Baron Davis, Superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
Baron Davis, superintendent of Richland School District Two, in Columbia, S.C.
Gerry Melendez for Education Week
School & District Management Leader To Learn From Building a Community for Black Male Teachers
Baron R. Davis is leading efforts to hire more Black male teachers committed to improving academic excellence in a South Carolina district.
Christina A. Samuels, February 17, 2021
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