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This California leader is using AI to expand his reach—and become multilingual

The Santa Ana Unified School District is launching "Sofia," a virtual AI assistant programmed to answer questions and serve families throughout the community.

Teacher shortage is being solved by this retiring superintendent

The Hernando County School District is tackling the teacher shortage innovatively: the system, led by Superintendent John Stratton, has launched an on-the-job bachelor's degree program for aspiring educators.

Superintendent turnover: Another big district picks a new leader

Superintendent turnover showed no sign of letting up over the past week as Florida's Duval County Public Schools filled its vacant leadership post amid another round of arrivals and departures nationally.

Why success is a ‘team effort’ for Virginia’s Superintendent of the Year

Louisa County Public Schools Superintendent Doug Straley has a lot to celebrate this year. Most of all, he's "blessed" to lead a community that looks out for one another.

Superintendent turnover: 2 important hires and a big departure

Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Washoe County School District install new leaders while Cincinnati Public Schools' superintendent steps down after no-confidence votes.

If you’re a student, it pays to be on this district’s school board

The Palm Springs Unified School District became the first in the Coachella Valley to pay its student board members. They're earning nearly $300 a month to participate in district-level discussions, an initiative Superintendent Tony Signoret says is encouraging civic engagement and leadership.

Superintendent turnover: Lots of new hires, just a few departures

Several superintendents are relocating this week as steady turnover continues from coast to coast with several first-timers and retirements.

Why relationships “drive everything” for this Principal of the Year

"When you have a strong sense of confidence in yourself and where you came from, it helps you understand where you’re going," says Farid Johnson, New York's 2024 principal of the year.

Superintendent turnover: Dozens of new hires and 6 departures

A handful of district leaders found new homes while school boards hired first-time superintendents at a rapid clip and a few systems are suddenly looking for replacements.

Superintendent search surveys: Let’s look at the big questions

Ever wonder what superintendent search surveys are asking school communities in the districts where your fellow leaders have been hired?

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