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July 18–19, 2017
September 22, 2017
December 8, 2017
January 26, 2018
March 1–2, 2018
April 27, 2018

2017-2018 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 2017-18 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 Pro AL License 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

In order to participate in this year-long program, you must be a COSA "Active" member.

2017-18 Schedule 

Workshop #1: July 18-19, 2017 - COSA Office, Salem - Agenda

  • "Role of the Superintendent"
  • "How to Make the Best Use of Education Organization Resources - COSA, OSBA, OAESD, TSPC, ODE"
  • "Your First 100 Days as Superintendent"
  • "Effective Time Management for Superintendents"
  • "Legislative Update"

Workshop #2: September 22, 2017 - Clackamas ESD - Agenda

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

Workshop #3: December 8, 2017 - Hilton, Eugene (8:00-1:00) - Agenda

  • "Negotiations” 
  • "Public Relations Strategies"
  • "Out of State License Session"

Workshop #4: January 26, 2018 - Salishan, Gleneden Beach (9:30-1:15) - Agenda

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

Workshop #5: March 1-2, 2018 - Salem - Agenda
1st - COSA Office - Salem  5:30-8:30
2nd - COSA Office - Salem  8:00-1:30

Workshop #6: April 27, 2018 - COSA Office (10:00-3:00) - Agenda

  • “Strategic Planning” 
  • “Leadership with the Equity Lens”
  • "Program Evaluation and Discussion of Planning for 2018-2019"