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Knowledge Gap

December 15, 2018


This article points out several important questions that Boards of Trustees must ask and answer before embarking on a search for a new Head of School or Superintendent.

Former United States secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was the first to say, “You don’t know what you don’t know.”  School Board members are successful in their communities and committed to providing the best educational opportunities for the children in their schools and districts . . . but they’re usually not educators.  This knowledge gap is especially dangerous when Board Members are charged with finding and hiring a new Head of School or Superintendent.  As Rumsfeld said, they don’t know what they don’t know.

For example, does your Board know the steps in an effective search?  Has your Board considered a search firm?  If so, how will you choose one?  Does your Board know how involved it should be throughout the search process?  Does your Board know its school’s or district’s philosophy of education?  Does your Board know what the faculty and administration believe are the biggest issues facing your school/district in the days ahead?  Does your Board really know how to vet the candidates that a search firm presents for consideration? 

Blane Covert, Ed.D., an award-winning educator with 19 years of experience at three highly regarded independent schools, dedicated his doctoral research to the subject of Head of School/Superintendent turnover.  The data revealed that most Boards of Trustees have little or no experience evaluating candidates for leadership positions.  However, Dr. Covert realized that this experience gap could be bridged by helping Board Members gain the skills and perspective needed to better manage the search and selection process.

Academy Educational Consulting solves the Head of School/Superintendent turnover problem with high-impact online courses that empower Independent School Boards of Trustees and Public School Boards of Education to take control of the leadership succession process.  To learn more about how to make your next Head of School/Superintendent search a success, visit www.academyeducationalconsulting.com.

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