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Constructivist Superintendents


by Bena Kallick — 2006

Being a superintendent is much like the new technology you purchase—the manual is difficult to read and understand, the help line is difficult to reach, and the consultation charge to learn from experts is costly. It is a job that requires enormous flexibility, attention to multiple perspectives, and an internal set of checks and balances to withstand the pressures of external demands from a public that has, in many ways, been distracted from the real purpose of a public education system.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 13, 2006, p. 226-229
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18516, Date Accessed: 4/26/2017 11:39:19 AM

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  • Bena Kallick
    Performance Pathways
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    BENA KALLICK is a private consultant providing services to school districts, state departments of education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and internationally. Her areas of focus include group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies in the classroom. Formerly a teachers' center director, Kallick also created a children's museum based on problem solving and invention. She was the coordinator of a high school alternative designed for at-risk students. She is cofounder of Performance Pathways, a company dedicated to providing easy-to-use software that helps integrate and make sense of data from curriculum, instruction, and assessment. Kallick has taught at Yale University School of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. Dr. Kallick has co-authored with A. Costa Habits of Mind Across the Curriculum: Practical and Creative Strategies for Teachers, Learning and Leading with Habits of Mind: 16 Essential Characteristics for Success, and Assessment in the Learning Organization: Shifting the Paradigm.
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