For more information, contact Dr. Dan E. Ernst,
NCSA Associate Executive Director
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Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA)
New Superintendents’ Program 2010-2011
Dr. Dan E. Ernst - NCSA Associate Executive Director
The 2010-2011 year marks the fourth year of the New Superintendents’ Program. The goal of the New Superintendents’ Program is to initiate a planned, purposeful, and effective program of activities and training in order to promote success for new first time Nebraska superintendents. In addition, we welcome experienced superintendents from other states that are new to Nebraska as a superintendent. The mission of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators is to serve as a leader for quality education and to enhance the professionalism of its members. The New Superintendents’ Program is directly designed to meet the needs of first time new superintendents and to provide them with professional development and training that’s assists them to perform successfully in their respective schools and communities.
Objectives - Specific leadership objectives will focus on the following:
- Expand leadership skills specific to the needs of new superintendents.
- Provide opportunities for technical training on specific topics.
- Use data from a variety of sources and transform that data into information that guides decision-making and promotes accountability.
- To enhance the opportunity to effectively communicate with the school community publics.
- To promote the opportunity to participate with peers and share in a yearlong professional development experience to improve leadership skills.
- To provide practical applications, advice, and expertise in a manner that will promote success as a superintendent.
- To discuss current and relevant topics in a timely and appropriate manner.
- To provide ongoing and unconditional support to new superintendents through the use of mentors.
The objectives of this program are met through various activities that include group meetings, individual consultations, regular e-mail communications, blogs, webinars, podcasts and more. The New Superintendents’ Program will include specialized professional development learning opportunities that are scheduled in conjunction with existing professional development events such as Administrator Days, School Law Update, Ed. Technology Conference, NASA/NASB State Conference, Legislative Preview, Labor Relations, and NASBO State Conference. These opportunities are designed to reduce travel and time away from the district.
In addition and at the recommendation of new superintendents, NCSA will facilitate topic specific events designed for new superintendents. Each new superintendent is encouraged to attend as many of the scheduled activities as possible in order to maximize the program experience.
Dates are subject to change based on NCSA programming and availability of facilities A proposed tentative calendar for the 2010-11 year is presented below.
July 20, 2010 - * New Supt. Budget Workshop (NDE) - North Platte July 22, 2010 - * New Supt. Budget Workshop (NDE) - Lincoln
July 28, 29, 30, 2010 - Administrator Days - Kearney
September 29, 2010 - School Law Update – Kearney
October 12, 13, 2010 – Ed. Technology Conference - Kearney
November 17,18,19, 2010 - NASA/NASB State Conference - Omaha
December 15, 2010 – NCSA Legislative Preview - Lincoln
February 7, 8, 2011 - Labor Relations Conference – Kearney
April 14, 15, 2011 – NASBO State Conference - Lincoln
June 21, 2011 – Year 2 Budget Development Assistance – Lincoln
Note: * Budget Workshop -- attend either date or location
Mentoring - A critical and important component to the success of this program can be attributed to the willingness of fellow colleagues to serve as mentors. A current and experienced superintendent will be made available to serve as a mentor for each new superintendent. In addition, each new superintendent will also be paired with a Business Manager to serve as a mentor in order to discuss specific school business and finance functions.
The mentoring experience is not designed to replace existing mentoring programs provided by Educational Service Units or Conferences; but to guarantee that each new superintendent will have the opportunity to receive the guidance and support in order to be successful as a superintendent. The NCSA Associate Executive Director will confer with the respective Educational Service Unit Director and new superintendent in determining an appropriate mentor(s) for each new superintendent. Mentors and the new superintendent will communicate and or meet in accordance with their Educational Service Unit designed program, at NCSA professional development events, and on a personal basis as deemed appropriate. Consistent and regular communication is very important to make the mentoring experience a success.
Program Cost - NCSA is providing the new superintendent program at no cost to members. However, for those meeting dates scheduled in conjunction with regular NCSA professional development activities and events, new superintendents will need to register for the event and pay registration fees in the same manner as their colleagues.