Thomas is participating in the pilot superintendent evaluation program.
The old superintendent evaluation system was very “subjective,” Isaacs said. Each board member was required to fill out a form, rank the superintendent on a scale in different areas, and send the forms to the district’s attorney who then created a summary for the record.
Under the new system, Thomas must record evidence of his effectiveness in eight categories: strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural leadership, human resource leadership, managerial leadership, external development leadership, micropolitical leadership and dispositions — the human elements of being a superintendent.
For example, he said, evidence of his strategic leadership could be found in the formation of the district’s mathematics task force, a team of teachers representing every grade level and every school to develop a systemwide approach to teaching math. Thomas proposed the idea during his first day in office.
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