New Superintendents’ Program

Nebraska Council of School Administrators (NCSA)
2016-17 New Superintendents’ Program
Contact - Dr. Dan E. Ernst, NCSA Associate Executive Director
800-793-6272, or 402-476-8055
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The 2016-2017 school year marks the tenth year of the New Superintendents’ Program. The goal of the New Superintendents’ Program is to initiate a planned, purposeful, and effective program of activities and training development opportunities in order to promote success for new first-time Nebraska superintendents and experienced superintendents from other states that are new to Nebraska and in a superintendent position. In reality, we welcome any superintendent that would like our assistance including those returning to work or in the capacity of interim superintendent. The mission of the Nebraska Council of School Administrators is to serve as a leader for quality education and to enhance the professionalism of its members. The New Superintendents’ Program is specifically designed to meet the needs of first-time new superintendents and to provide them with professional development and training that assists them to perform successfully in their respective schools and communities.
Objectives - Specific leadership objectives will focus on the following:
  • Expand leadership skills specific to the needs of new superintendents.
  • Provide opportunities for technical training on specific topics.
  • Use data from a variety of sources and transform that data into information that guides decision-making and promotes accountability.
  • Enhance the opportunity to effectively communicate with the school community public.
  • Promote the opportunity to participate with peers and share in a yearlong professional development experience to improve leadership skills.
  • Provide practical applications, advice, and expertise in a manner that will promote success as a superintendent.
  • Discuss current and relevant topics in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Provide ongoing and unconditional support to new superintendents through the use of mentors.
  • Communicate appropriate, timely, and meaningful content and material for the superintendent.

The objectives of this program are met through various activities that may include group meetings, individual consultations, e-mail communications, webinars, podcasts and more. The New Superintendents’ Program will include recommendations to attend specialized professional development learning opportunities that are scheduled in conjunction with existing professional development events such as Administrators' Days, School Law Update, The NASA/NASB State Education Conference, Legislative Preview, Education Forum, and NASBO State Conference. At these events we will typically meet as a group or have a session break-out designed for new superintendents. At some events I may simply make myself available for individual conversations. It depends on my responsibilities at the event and your needs. The opportunities to meet in conjunction with regular scheduled NCSA events are designed to reduce your travel and time away from the district.
In addition, and at the recommendation of new superintendents, NCSA may facilitate topic specific events designed for new superintendents. Each new superintendent is encouraged to attend as many of the scheduled activities as possible in order to maximize the program experience.
Dates are subject to change based on NCSA programming and availability of facilities.  A proposed tentative calendar for the 2016-17 year is presented below.

New Superintendent’s Program Calendar 2016-17
July 19, 2016 - New Supt. Budget Workshop (NDE) - North Platte (Holiday Inn Express - 300 Holiday Frontage Road).
Note: You may attend either the North Platte or Lincoln location. This event is hosted and sponsored by NDE for New Superintendents.  

July 21, 2016 - New Supt. Budget Workshop (NDE) - Lincoln (Lincoln Community Foundation Building - 215 Centennial Mall South -5th Floor)
Note:  You may register for the Budget Workshops by contacting NDE.
Superintendents may attend with their Bookkeeper or Business Manager.

July 27-29, 2016 - Administrators' Days - Younes Conference Center, Kearney
New Supts will meet together on Wednesday, July 27th at 4:00-5:00 P.M.- Room Ruby 2

September 7-8, 2016 - NASA/NASB Labor Relations – The Cornhusker Hotel, Lincoln

September 17, 2016 - NCSA Tailgate - Tailgate with NCSA Staff and members prior to the Huskers Oregon football game.  Official tailgate time will be announced later.

September 21, 2016 - School Law Update – Holiday Inn, Kearney
New Superintendents will meet together with school attorneys prior to the program for breakfast and also again at lunch.  This affords you the opportunity to get your most pressing “legal” questions shared with no cost to your district.

November 16-18, 2016 - NASA/NASB State Education Conference – Embassy Suites, LaVista
New Superintendents will meet on Thursday November 17 with time and room to be announced.

November 30, 2016 –  NCSA Legislative Preview – Lincoln The Cornhusker Hotel
Dr. Dulaney’s Legislative Preview will provide you with valuable information that you will want to have with respect to the upcoming Legislative Session.  The program and agenda will be announced prior to the event.

February 8-9, 2017 - NASA/NASB Education Forum – Younes Conference Center, Kearney.  This conference on timely educational topics is a joint event with the Nebraska Association of School Boards.

April 20-21, 2017NASBO State Convention – Cornhusker Marriott, Lincoln

A critical and important component to the success of this program can be attributed to the willingness of fellow colleagues to serve as mentors. A current and experienced superintendent will be made available to serve as a mentor for each new superintendent. In addition, each new superintendent will also be paired with a Business Manager to serve as a mentor in order to discuss specific school business and finance functions.

The mentoring experience is designed to ensure that each new superintendent will have the opportunity to receive the guidance and support in order to be successful as a superintendent. The NCSA Associate Executive Director will confer with the respective Educational Service Unit Director for each new superintendent in determining a mentor for each new superintendent. Mentors and the new superintendent will communicate and/or meet in accordance with their Educational Service Unit designed program, at NCSA professional development events, and on a personal basis as deemed appropriate. Consistent and regular communication is very important to make the mentoring experience a success.

Program Cost - NCSA is providing the new superintendent program at no cost to members. However, for those meeting dates scheduled in conjunction with regular NCSA professional development activities and events, new superintendents will need to register for the event and pay registration fees in the same manner as their colleagues.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dan E. Ernst
NCSA Associate Executive Director
800-793-6272, 402-476-8055
Email -
Twitter- @NCSAdan


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