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Program Overview

Today's superintendents must be systems thinkers (Fullan, 2005; Hoyle, Bjork, Collier, & Glass, 2005). They must understand the connection and alignment of all district dimensions while also understanding the relationship among the parts.

The Next Generation (NxG) Leadership Series for Onboarding New Superintendents is the statewide induction program for first-year school superintendents in Kentucky. It is an extensive onboarding process that provides deeper knowledge levels broadened skill sets, practical application, and dispositions for leadership based on seven effectiveness standards for superintendents.

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA) and the Center for Education Leadership (KASA/CEL), in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), is the sole provider of the onboarding program, which is required by KRS 156.111.

Important elements of the legislation include:

  1. Required training and participation in the following components:
    • Core concepts of leadership quality best practice
    • Effective implementation of school-based decision-making
    • Kentucky school law
    • Kentucky school finance and budgeting
    • School curriculum and assessment
    • Instructional leadership
    • School improvement
    • Community and board relations
    • Effective communication
    • Ethical leadership
    • Executive coaching and mentoring program with an emphasis on demonstrated professional growth
  2. Comprehensive collection of work products and assessments demonstration proficiency, which shall be delivered to KDE and the employing board of education at the conclusion of the training

  3. Successful completion of the onboarding program within two years of taking office to maintain superintendent certification