Boyd selected to serve at statewide education leadership class
By EASON FRANKLIN
The Lowndes Signal
It was recently announced Lowndes County Superintendent Daniel Boyd has been selected for the Superintendents Leaders Network (SLN) 2010-2011 class.
The SLN is a joint project of the Alabama Best Practices Center (ABPC) and the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) to help Alabama school superintendents become more effective instructional leaders.
A total of 17 superintendents were selected from Attalla City, Birmingham City, Cullman City, Hartselle City, Henry County, Jefferson County, Lawrence County, Lowndes County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Muscle Shoals City, Ozark City, Perry County, Talladega County, Troy City, Tuscaloosa City and Tuscumbia City School Systems. The 2010-2011 class is the second to be selected in three years.
The network of superintendents will be converging three times throughout the 2010-2011 school year, two two-day retreats and a final one-day meeting, to form a “think tank to come up with strategies that plague school systems” and teach students well into the 21st Century.
Boyd commented on this opportunity and the some of the different aspects the network will focus on.
“We will be looking to deal with finance, curriculum and instruction and student support program issues…specifically tutorials and truancy issues,” said Boyd. “I’m honored to be selected for this particular program. Not all that apply get selected.”
Boyd said some of the challenges faced when teaching students of the 21st Century “is making sure we enable our students to learn skills to be lifelong learners.”
“A good school system goes beyond the basic teaching of math, science and language arts,” said Boyd. “Many of the jobs that will exist in the future do not exist today. Our ultimate goal is for students to reach their full potential.”
The task of planning a board retreat has been handed to Boyd, though no specific dates have been scheduled for the meeting or retreats.
A meeting between Boyd and his senior staff was held Aug. 17 to discuss and share goals associated with the retreat.
The first meeting between the superintendents is expected to be scheduled toward the end of September or beginning of October, according to Boyd.