ESPI: School Superintendents – Rick Ginsberg and Karen Multon

Rick Ginsberg and Karen Multon of the School of Education have been working with school superintendents and principals on issues arising from current economic stresses. The down economy has forced leaders in all education settings to grapple with fewer resources while demands for accountability and performance rise. They have met with principals and superintendents to find out how this was affecting their work and the solutions they came up with. Ginsberg and Multon were also pushed to try to learn how leading in such an atmosphere impacts those in positions of authority, with the goal of identifying ways for leaders to better deal with the difficult emotional strain of leading in difficult budget times. Through surveys and interviews they discovered ways that this “new normal” is affecting leaders in the workplace, and strategies they can use to better cope with the demands they face.

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