Making External Experts Work

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R&L Education, Dec 22, 2011 - Education - 154 pages

School board members and superintendents face the reality of providing all students access to a quality education and carefully requesting and allocating public funds to finance excellent educational opportunities. One of the key resources available to boards and superintendents are external experts (consultants). This book uses a case study of one district’s experiences with external experts over a 14-year span.

The district’s experiences with the six external experts are described in detail covering’ a wide range of topics, including governance and decision making, cultural diversity, finance, and school safety. Special emphasis is placed on lessons learned from each external expert and about the ways school leaders can facilitate the effectiveness of external experts.

Relevant aspects of effective district leadership are discussed in depth, including the importance of understanding values and context, assessing need, using available internal resources, and superintendent professional development. Suggestions for board members, current superintendents, and aspiring superintendents are included, which focus on ways district leaders can improve their own performance and improve collaborative work between board members and administrators

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Dr. Evert is a former public school superintendent of 14 years and has served as a high school principal and director of student services. His doctorate is in Ed. Psych. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Evert is currently an instructor at Edgewood College in Madison, WI. He teaches courses in law, media, curriculum, and instruction in addition to serving as a doctoral dissertation advisor.

Amy Van Deuren is an educator and author, and has a law degree from the S.J. Quinney School of Law, University of Utah. She is currently an adjunct faculty member and internship supervisor at National Louis University, teaching courses in school law, school-community relations, finance, policy, and research. In addition, Ms. Van Deuren is an instructor at Edgewood College teaching school law.

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