Did you know that prior to COVID-19, the annual turnover rate for School Superintendents was between 14 to 16 percent? With the after-effects of COVID-19, school leaders are only expecting this number to continue rising over the next couple of years.
Why is this important?
Well for starters, this is bound to create a shortage of qualified administrators across the country. Not only that, but the cost to rehire new administrators can cost the district right around $75,000 to prepare, hire, and place a new leader into their new position. Any school administrator can tell you that this extra money could and should be put back into the school in other ways such as technology, safety, or furniture upgrades within the district. That is why we are here to share with you the #1 way to prevent school leadership burnout and reduce the pressure for the role of the Superintendent. They are struggling and need help.
In other industries, peer networks have been utilized for years to provide a confidential outlet to learn from others' experiences. They learn new ideas, get inspired, and have a personal support structure to thrive in the position professionally and personally.
For Superintendents, it is difficult to have outlets to talk through the unique challenges that they face everyday. Few people have the experience of the demands from the Board, parents, staff, & the local media - plus have a personal life. At the same time, they thrive on the impact they can make for their community. Having a peer network similar to other industries can allow Superintendents to have a healthy outlet to help them navigate the tough times and celebrate the good times that are key to fulfilling their life.
This is why peer networks have been around for decades in other industries from business, politics, and professional athletes. Utilizing a proven process that facilitates experience sharing versus advice giving is the key tenet to a functioning peer group. When everyone has the same foundation, the peer network helps you rise beyond your current capabilities.
In order to help support your school and their administrators, we encourage you to nominate your local Superintendent to the world's only peer-to-peer network exclusively for School Superintendents called the Education Leaders' Organization (ELO). This organization will help them achieve their full potential in their career and personal life through the life-enhancing connections, shared experiences, and collaborative learning that they will have over time.
Imagine if you had a way to hear how others have dealt with similar situations and for you to contribute experiences. The Education Leaders' Organization provides you with an exclusive group of 6-10 peers that become your personal advisory group. With a firm foundation of sharing experiences, not advice, you can have a confidential outlet to help you focus on your true goals in life. The ELO experience also offers a format where the complex intersections between your professional life, personal life and community engagement can all be addressed head-on, so that you can achieve fulfillment in all of your endeavors.
So, if you are you hitting a wall and don't know what to do next, just starting your role as School Superintendent and trying to establish your voice, or even worried what your legacy will be, consider joining Education Leaders' Organization (ELO) by filling out the brief application.
Supporting our mission to impact the lives of 10,000,000 students, Kay-Twelve has partnered with the Education Leaders' Organization (ELO) filled with the world’s most influential community of School Superintendents. Kay-Twelve's mission is to help schools create better learning environments and help educational leaders move their schools from ineffective to truly innovative. In order to help reach our goal of impacting 10,000,000 students, we believe that ELO can help provide School Administrators a way to help get the most out of their school by providing an outlet where the complex intersections between their professional life, personal life and community engagement can all be addressed head-on, so that they can focus on doing what they do best - being an instructional leader to their district!
Want to learn more about the Kay-Twelve Experience? Start a conversation with your local Educational Design Specialist where they will walk you through our main mission and goals for learning environments across the country! Our team is always passionate and excited to talk about different ways in which we can create amazing learning environments for you and your students.