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As legislatures across the country get set to resume their business, the issue of school choice, especially in Republican controlled bodies, continues to be a topic of interest. The “choice movement” in public education is not new, and many states have already adopted laws allowing parents more options to access private and charter schools, online […]The post To Choose Or Not to Choose with School Choice Legislation first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
Each January, school districts across the country acknowledge the work of their local school boards, comprised of the public servants who have committed themselves to governing school districts and advancing student achievement in the communities they serve. While it is always commendable for a school district and superintendent to model an “attitude of gratitude” for […]The post Sending a Message of Gratitude to School Board Trustees first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
Last year there was a surge of leaders leaving the superintendency. This year, the number is expected to dramatically increase. While the tenure of superintendents, especially in urban districts, has always been an issue, the surge of individuals leaving the profession is deeply concerning. While there has been much attention, rightfully so, about the very […]The post Who Will Lead the Nation’s School Districts first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
“Great schools have great principals.” That slogan has been around for a long time, but it is a truism that continues to be relevant today. There are numerous research studies that speak to the impact of effective principals on school quality, teacher retention, and improved student learning. Having led three school districts in different parts […]The post Recognizing Your School Leaders during National Principals Month first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
A superintendent wears many “hats” in their role as the leader of a school district. From academic instruction, to the operations and finances of the organization, the superintendent must have a broad set of skills and expertise that makes them a successful leader in these areas. One skill that is also critical for a superintendent […]The post Building and Maintaining Positive Media Relations for Your School District first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
Many people who know me are often surprised when I reference cooking shows when discussing leadership, which is, without a doubt, due to my self-described “palate of a three-year old.” While I may not eat a lot of what I observe on these cooking shows, I am always struck by the leadership lessons that can […]The post The Ingredients for Quality Leadership Can Be Found Anywhere first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
Schools across the nation are gearing up for the new school year. For leaders in education, the start of a new school year presents new opportunities to re-think how to best support teachers as they deliver a quality academic program that meets the needs of all students in our communities. Ideally, district and campus leaders […]The post Focusing on the Needs of Teachers Entering a New School Year first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
State lawmakers across the country are gearing up for their next legislative sessions, which in most states begin in January or February. In upcoming state legislative sessions, there will almost certainly be a significant number of proposals that would have an impact on public education. Everything from finance and budgeting issues, curriculum, safety, testing, vouchers, […]The post School Leaders Should Be Proactive About Gearing up for Legislative Session first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
I have had the honor of helping a number of aspiring superintendents secure their first position leading a district. As I work with these leaders, I always start with what type of district they are looking for – large, small, urban, rural, etc. Geography is always important, and other factors such as compensation, prestige, and […]The post Important Considerations for Aspiring Superintendents first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.
In the May 2022 Texas uniform election, 124 school districts across the state asked voters to approve bond elections for various capital projects. Of the 124 districts that called for bond elections, there were a total of 205 ballot propositions. Despite the varying needs presented by school districts, a record low number of ballot propositions […]The post School District Bond Elections – Reflections From a Successful Campaign in a Difficult Year for Bonds first appeared on Heath Morrison | Superintendent | Education.