As you probably know, 'ê¨the city is in the market, yet again, for a super. The person who replaces former School Superintendent Jose Banda will be the seventh superintendent in almost a decade. 'ê¨In general, urban school superintendents have the staying power of losing NFL coaches. The average tenure is 3-4 years. So, why the revolving door?
Are the professionals in these positions set up to fail? Is even focusing on this top level leadership issue merely obscuring the real factors that determine a child's success in a Seattle public school classroom?
That's what I talked about with my guests Zithri Ahmed Saleem, Yalonda Gill Masundire and Kimberly Mitchell, all active citizens with kids and grandkids in Seattle Public Schools:
Kimberly Mitchell is a former Teach For America teacher who served as a vice principal in Seattle Public Schools. She is the founder of Inquiry Partners, and a special assistant to the dean of the University of Washington's College of Education. Her children are enrolled in Seattle public schools.
Here's what we all had to say. Grab some coffee, or a beer, and listen in. (If you prefer reading, download the transcript here.) And if there are any elephants you'd like us to talk about in future podcasts let us know in the Comments area below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: ELEPHANT.