Because of the extensive dialogue the reporting for this group will be in three parts.
The District Labor Focus Group included RTA, BENTE, RAP, and ASAR. It was facilitated by Larry Ellison with Alvin Johnson from Ray & Associates sitting in.
The labor focus group began the meeting by answering the questions.
Questions #1: What are the qualities that you are seeking in the next superintendent?
Someone who is collaborative, open to hearing from the people who are out in the schools who deal with children on a daily basis, who doesn’t consider the concerns of the people in the field as mere noise. Someone who is willing to listen to the people and not rule from the top down.
Somebody that is invested, an ability to listen but not be overly swayed by some of our union leadership, someone who would consider special programs.
Vested ownership in our community, good manager, sustain relationships with key stakeholders in the community while managing the day to day operation at the same time seeing the big picture, someone with a very strong management acumen. A person with strong roots in the community.
Somebody that can engage us in that collaborative, strategic planning process somebody that allows the people doing the work to actually do the work and relies on them.
Somebody that is going to be able to not only hear what we have to say but he’s going to have to take heat from politicians and the community and not play that double edged sword that politicians tend to play and use us as a stepping stone
Respectful, collaborative in all relationships; Common sense, innovated toward goals; Clear child centered approach to education, experience with on-the-ground education; Somebody who reaches out to parents; Can lead a cultural change; Culturally respectful and aware of the great diversity; Can lead a cultural change; Culturally respectful and aware of the great diversity
Up to the fiscal challenge, so strongly committed to education that they can find a way to preserve and expand educational opportunities and can articulate the need for increasing resources to be devoted to the school
Somebody who is open to providing information, in a timely way. An experienced teacher who has spent more than ten years in the classroom, a teaching background, intellectual in their thinking, with cultural knowledge.
Willing to partner with the Rochester Teacher Center; Presence in the schools; Equitable organizational structure; Administrative experience, work closely as a partner with the community
Someone who will consider us a learning institution, a strong leader who practices distributive style of leadership, who understands and implements democratic policies and processes, demonstrates a long commitment to the classroom; A sense of humor.
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