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July 25–26, 2016
September 23, 2016
November 30, 2016
January 26–27, 2017
February 23–24, 2017
April 20–21, 2017

2016-2017 New Superintendents Academy

Executive Summary 

Objective: To provide beginning Oregon Superintendents an opportunity to create a collaborative learning network focused on key leadership skills and practical strategies to help improve their individual school districts.  Participants will attend a series of workshops throughout the 2016-17 school year, scheduled in conjunction with key COSA events and conferences.

Goals: Each of the workshops listed below will be organized around a presentation related to a designated leadership topic.  Perspectives unique to ESD’s and districts of varying sizes will be included in each workshop. Following each presentation, time will be provided for participants to ask questions as well as to share immediate concerns and strategic issues with experienced Superintendents.  All participants will have the opportunity to share district and ESD-specific procedures and processes for feedback from experienced Superintendents.  Those participants who wish to earn 4 graduate level credits toward the Continuing Administrative License (CAL) must register through Portland State University. The COSA Institute hours may be used as part of the field experience required for the CAL credits.


Facilitated by:
Jerome Colonna, Superintendent Emeritus - Bio
Alice Hunsaker, Superintendent, Jewell School District

2016-17 Schedule 

Workshop #1: July 25-26, 2016 - COSA Office, Salem - Agenda

  • "Role of the Superintendent in Oregon's Public Schools"
  • "How to Make the Best Use of Education Organization Resources"
  • "Your First 100 Days as Superintendent"
  • "Effective Time Management for Superintendents"


Workshop #2: September 23, 2016 - Clackamas ESD - Agenda - Directions

  • “What New Superintendent's Need to Know about TSPC”
  • "School Board and Superintendent Relations"
  • "Key Points about Superintendent Contracts" 
  • "The First Superintendent Evaluation”

Workshop #3: November 30, 2016 - Hilton, Eugene, 9:00-2:30 - Agenda

  • "Negotiations” 
  • "Public Relations Strategies"

Workshop #4: January 26-27, 2017 - Salishan, Gleneden Beach (26th - 9:30-12:00; 27th - 9:45-1:45) - Agenda

  • "Role of the Superintendent in Budgeting"
  • “Budget 101”
  • “Ins and Outs of Budgeting”

Workshop #5: February 23-24, 2017 (23rd - COSA Office, 6:00-9:00; 24th - Viticulture Center, 9:00-12:00) - Agenda

  • “Building and Leading Your Administrative Team” 
  • “Superintendent Contract Discussion (follow-up to September 23rd Discussion)”

Workshop #6: April 20-21, 2017 - Hilton, Eugene (20th 6:00-9:00; 21st 8:00-11:30) - Agenda

  • “Strategic Planning” 
  • “Leadership with the Equity Lens”
  • "Program Evaluation and Discussion of Planning for 2017-2018"