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Superintendent's Search Community Engagement Feedback Summary “Qualities & Characteristics” Dr. Kevin Castner , BWP Associate Dr. E. Wayne Harris, BWP Associate December 19, 2013. Public Engagement Objectives.

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Superintendent's Search

Community Engagement Feedback Summary“Qualities & Characteristics”

Dr. Kevin Castner, BWP Associate

Dr. E. Wayne Harris, BWP Associate

December 19, 2013

public engagement objectives
Public Engagement Objectives
  • To learn the strengths, needs, and issues of ACPS that match the Leadership Profile
  • To describe the District’s strengths, needs, and issues to the recruited candidates
  • To build community understanding and support for the superintendent’s search process.
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ACPS Superintendent SearchCommunity Engagement Meetings (To identify/record qualities/characteristics of Alexandria’s Superintendent)
  • BWP Associates facilitated discussions with Employees and Community on December 3-5
  • BWP Associates engagement activities involved 12 groups and 26 interviews including Board members, faculty, staff, students, and various community groups and included an on- line community survey.
  • The total number of people who participated in the engagement meetings was 165 and we have over 826 completed surveys.
superintendent s search preliminary survey results
Superintendent’s SearchPreliminary Survey Results
  • Skills desired
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • Interpersonal/public relations
  • Characteristics desired
    • Integrity
    • Good judgment
    • Team builder
  • Experience desired
    • Experience in multi-cultural environment
    • Classroom teacher/instruction
    • Superintendent with proven record of success

- Experience in strategic planning

  • Important upcoming issues
    • Growth
    • Funding
    • Curriculum/Instruction
acps schools community engagement meetings identified common thoughts and themes
ACPS Schools Community Engagement Meetings Identified Common Thoughts and Themes

Question # 1: Strengths

  • Diversity
  • Excellent caring teachers/staff
  • Supportive community
  • Good relationship with City Council
  • Size and location of system
  • Resources to support the schools
  • Number of educational options and programs – arts, music, technology support

Question # 2: Challenges

  • Addressing the achievement gap
  • Meeting the needs of socio-economic gap, ELL students, transient students
  • Instructional program v. state accountability system
  • Economic extremes
  • Growing enrollment
  • Determine the effectiveness of many initiatives
  • Create and maintain a positive organizational culture
  • Create and maintain a collaborative engaging decision making process
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ACPS Schools Community Engagement Meetings Identified Common Thoughts and Themes

  • Question # 3: Qualities and Characteristics
  • Back ground experiences have provided understanding of diversity/multicultural environment with proven success in a urban system
  • A visionary leader who can assess current programs, maintain effective efforts, and seek the next level of improvement needed to prepare students for success in the 21st century.
  • An approachable, insightful servant leader who will work with staff and community to support a culture of transparency and collaboration that encourages participation in improved instructional services.
  • A collaborative leader who will make the best use of available resources and efficiently and effectively manage a comprehensive system.
  • A student centered, personable leader with integrity who can communicate effectively with all types of people and consistently advocate for what is best.
  • An individual who will passionately advocate for all students and who will demonstrate a commitment to become a visible member of the community.
leadership profile descriptors
Leadership Profile Descriptors
  • Visionary Educator
  • Instructional Leader
  • Collaborative Manager
  • Effective Communicator
alexandria city schools superintendents search next steps
Alexandria City Schools: Superintendents Search“Next Steps”

Specifications: Completed in January

Board Approves Profile

Report On-line survey results

Recruitment/Assessment: Completed by March

BWP receives/reviews applications

BWP screens applicants/completes reference checks

BWP prepares slate of candidates/recommends to Board

Selection: Completed by April 30

Board selects/interviews candidates

Board conducts 1st round of interviews

Board selects finalist

Board interviews finalist

Board selects new superintendent/negotiates contract

Board Introduces new superintendent to community

Superintendent begins July 1, 2013

alexandria city schools superintendents search next steps plan b schedule
Alexandria City Schools: Superintendents Search“Next Steps”Plan B Schedule

Specifications: Completed in January

Board Approves Profile

Report On-line survey results

Recruitment/Assessment: Completed by February 1, 2014

BWP receives/reviews applications

BWP screens applicants/completes reference checks

BWP present slate of candidates not later than mid-February

Selection: Completed not later than March 3, 2014

Board selects/interviews candidates

Board conducts 1st round of interviews February 20, 2014

Board selects finalist

Board interviews finalist February 26, 2014

Board selects new superintendent March 3, 2014

Board Introduces new superintendent to community

Superintendent begins July 1, 2013

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Alexandria School Board

Discussion and Questions