Superintendent and Change Efforts

Dr. Koos presents an overview of 2015 dissertation “How Superintendent facilitate or effect instructional or curricular change in their districts.”

Background:

  • Qualitative
  • Interviewed: Superintendents with longevity in large K-12 multi-building districts in New Jersey
  • Keywords: Superintendent, Change, Organizational change, Barriers to Change, Strategies to Overcoming Barriers, Superintendent Skills

Research Questions:

  1. What are the drivers that propel educators to the superintendency?
  2. What and how are the strategies applied by superintendents to facilitate or effect changes in teaching and learning?
  3. What skills do superintendents perceive are required for effecting these changes?

Dr. Koos indicated in her presentation that superintendents must “overcome barriers to change” before they could move forward with any change or reform efforts.  Among the several barriers perceived by the large district superintendent interviewees were: The Board of Education, Toxicity, Unsafe Learning Environment, Lack of Trust, Political-Fiscal-Media-Legal concerns.

In Dr. Koos’ presentation summary of her dissertation, she gave what the interviewees perception on several strategies to overcome these barriers and suggested certain superintendent skills were needed to accomplish this.

The presentation and overview were attributed to:

Koos, C.S. (2015). How superintendents facilitate of effect instructional or curricular change in their districts (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (UMI N. 3670582).

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