Thursday, April 18, 2013

Superintendent Governance Standards

CSBA Professional Governance Standards
Superintendent Governance Standards

As a corollary to the CSBA Professional Governance Standards, a team of California superintendents including the ACSA Superintendents Committee and the CSBA Superintendents Advisory Council has developed a set of Superintendent Governance Standards. We highly recommend that these be included as part of the Professional Governance Standards adoption.

The Superintendent:

Promotes the success of all students and supports the efforts of the Board of Trustees to keep the district focused on learning and achievement.
Values, advocates and supports public education and all stakeholders.
Recognizes and respects the differences of perspective and style on the Board
and among staff, students, parents and the community—and ensures that the
diverse range of  views inform board decisions.
Acts with dignity, treats everyone with civility and respect, and understands the
implications of  demeanor and behavior.
Serves as a model for the value of lifelong learning and supports the Board’s
continuous professional development.
Works with the Board as a “governance team” and assures collective
responsibility for building a unity of  purpose, communicating a common vision
and creating a positive organizational culture.
Recognizes that the board/superintendent governance relationship is supported
by the management team in each district.
Understands the distinctions between board and staff roles, and respects the role
of  the Board as the representative of  the community.
Understands that authority rests with the Board as a whole; provides guidance
to the Board to assist in decision-making; and provides leadership based on the
direction of  the Board as a whole.
Communicates openly with trust and integrity including providing all members
of the Board with equal access to information, and recognizing the importance
of  both responsive and anticipatory communications.
Accepts leadership responsibility and accountability for implementing the
vision, goals and policies of  the district.

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