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November 20, 2019
January 29, 2020

2019-2020 Aspiring Superintendent Program

Interested in the Superintendency?  Join us for a two-day seminar preparing potential superintendent candidates for the position.

November 20, 2019 & January 29, 2020

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., COSA Office, Salem

No cost !

The Aspiring Superintendent Seminar provides a rich, collegial cohort opportunity for leaders who wish to become Oregon superintendents.

Learn how to apply for the many vacancies that will be available in Oregon for the 2020-2021 school year and how to be prepared for the process.  Hear from state and national superintendent search consultants about what school boards and districts are looking for in a superintendent.

This seminar will show you the rewards and challenges today’s superintendents face, the politics of the position, how to work with school boards, negotiating your contract, and most importantly: what administrators DON’T know about the position!

One goal of the seminar will be to have potential candidates fully prepared to enter into a superintendent search process.

Topics covered during the seminar will include:

  • Navigating the Superintendent search process
    • Search firm tips
    • Frequently asked questions
    • Needed application materials
    • Preparing for an interview
  • Developing a district vision and focus
  • Enhancing school district and community relations
  • Board governance and the role of the superintendent
  • Understanding Oregon’s State School Fund (SSF) model
  • Instructional leadership vs. operations – finding the balance


Informational Breakout Sessions:

These one-hour presentations at COSA conferences will give you a preview of the seminar series, and are for educators considering a position as a superintendent in the near future. See the conference agenda for exact times.

  • Special Ed Conference: October 3-4, 2019, Eugene
  • Oregon Law Conference: December 5-6, 2019, Eugene
  • Winter Conference: January 23-24, 2020, Salishan
  • Others TBD


For more info:

Krista Parent:

Colin Cameron:


COSA Office

707 13th Street SE, Suite 100

Salem, Oregon 97301


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