Superintendent of Schools Dr. Earl Metzler has completed the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program making him the first Superintendent in the state, and one of only a few in New England, to accomplish this impressive distinction. This achievement will be recognized at the annual conference in New Orleans scheduled for March 2017.
As a requirement of the certification program, Dr. Metzler successfully mastered and completed components in the areas of Transformational Leadership, Board-Superintendent Relationships, Equity in Teaching and Learning, Community Partnerships, Communications and Transparency, Leadership of Curriculum and Instruction, Effective Budgeting, and Technology Integration for 21st Century Learning.
The AASA National Certification Program is designed to provide a robust experience that focuses on sharpening the skills that successful superintendents acknowledge are needed to thrive on the job, and prevail in the political and economic pressures of the job. The school district is often the biggest “business” in the community it serves, managing the largest budget and supervising the greatest number of employees. The superintendent’s position was originally created to be the community’s educational leader, not the CEO of its schools. Times have changed, and clearly today the superintendent must be both. The AASA National Certification program provided training to help address the challenges that arise when trying to be both an educational leader and CEO.*
“Dr. Metzler, in pursing national certification, continues to set the example for SAU 55 employees. The Board has long supported professional development for our employees, and that includes the Superintendent. I would like to congratulate Dr. Metzler on this significant career milestone – one that separates him from many of his peers, and will help him guide the districts within SAU 55. Education continues to change and we need educators like Dr. Metzler – willing to invest their time and effort into staying current with educational best practices.” – Jason Cipriano, SAU 55 Board Chairman
July 18, 2016
*Source: AASA – The School Superintendent’s Association