Welcome new superintendents! Ease your transition into your new roles by fully utilizing WASA—your professional association—and capitalizing on the network of colleagues within the organization. WASA's purpose is to to provide leadership for student learning and to assist in the development of competent, ethical, and visionary leaders. This resource page will be updated as new resources become available. Please send suggestions for tools and resources that you would like to share with your colleagues.

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WASA New Superintendent Workshop
July 24–25, 2017
WASA Office, Olympia

Mentor Program

WASA is committed to providing support for Superintendents in transition. Whether a veteran moving to a new district or someone new to superintendency, today's leaders know they have just one opportunity to make the most of those "first 90 days." WASA recognizes how critically important it is to make a smooth and effective transition. Among the resources provided to transitioning superintendents is a "mentor" relationship with a colleague in the region. WASA Mentors provide a friendly and supportive contact to assist transitioning superintendents with:

  • Introductions within the region to jump start professional networking.
  • Helpful guidance in developing and implementing transition plans.
  • A source of information regarding services and resources available within the region.
  • Confidential problem solving.
  • A colleague committed to success.

If you are a transitioning superintendent and want to further explore the WASA Mentor Program, please contact Andy Wolf at 360.489.3646 or awolf@wasa-oly.org.

Resources

Superintendent Calendar of Activities pdf

Superintendent Second/Third Year Checklist pdf

AASA New Superintendents Journal
  pdf

Dr. Anthony Smith, Superintendent, Riverview School District
 pdf

View samples from a fellow superintendent's planning/entry organizer. Samples include:

  • Board Meeting Planning
  • Superintendent Evaluation
  • Strategic Planning
  • Building a High Performance Team

Krestin Bahr, Superintendent, Eatonville School District
As the superintendent of a small school district, Krestin writes the communication plan, newspaper articles, and board reports. View samples below. 

Suggested Reading

The Entry Plan Approach: How to Start a Leadership Position Successfully  link
Barry Jentz with Joan Wofford

This workbook is focused on the work of schools and districts and provides a step-by-step process to entry planning with sample entry plans embedded.

The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter
Michael D. Watkins 

The Way of the Shepherd
Dr. Kevin Leman and Bill Pentak