Idaho Superintendent's Network
Written by Dr. Heather Williams Monday, 30 July 2012 11:15
Dr. Williams will continue to participate in the Idaho Superintendent’s Network. Established in 2008, ISN is part of the State Department’s Statewide System of Support. The network is comprised of superintendents who work together to develop a cohesive and dedicated leadership community focused on teaching and learning. ISN members support each other as they bring about change and collectively brainstorm obstacles that prevent improvement in the quality of teaching and learning within their districts. The Department’s goal is not to drive the conversation, but to be part of meeting the individual needs and challenges of each individual superintendent. In that effort, the SDE works with members of ISN to find speakers, research, and resources that match participants’ self-identified challenges. In addition to district superintendents, the network invites leaders from the business community, legislature, institutes of higher education, IASA, ISBA, and the public sector, to share their expertise in systems change.
Superintendent Tom Luna is part of the network, as are Deputy Superintendents Nick Smith, Carissa Miller, and Rob Sauer. The meetings are facilitated by Marybeth Flachbart, President of Neuhaus Education Center and former Deputy Superintendent of Student Achievement and School Improvement for the SDE, in collaboration with Steve Underwood, the Director of the Statewide System of Support. Funding for the network is provided by Idaho’s Title I School Improvement funds. Dr. Williams has participated in the network since 2008 in an effort to improve outcomes for Gooding School District.