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Education Leadership: Policies, Funding, and Advocacy for Quality Education

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Department of Education Leadership

Establishes policies related to federal financial aid for education and administers distribution of funds. Collects data and oversees research on America’s schools. Identifies major issues in education and focuses national attention on them. Enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in programs that receive federal funding.

We provide students, educators and organizational leaders with the skills to succeed in challenging contexts. Our courses, community thought partners, research and coaching cultivate confident and prepared leaders.

Coordinators

As coordinators, these individuals oversee the day-to-day operations of a department or educational program. They may perform clerical duties, such as coordinating meetings and events, or more substantive tasks, such as providing administrative support to faculty members or managing student assistants.

Education coordinators work with teachers and administrators to infuse multiculturalism and diversity into the curriculum. They may also be involved in planning programs that focus on specific issues such as family and community engagement.

One coordinator surveyed indicated that he had been hired by a university to help develop educational leadership preparation partnerships with school districts. He noted that he had been working on these relationships for the past several years. However, he had experienced a change in university leadership at the same time that he was working on partnership development. This resulted in a lack of follow-up with K-12 district partners and decreased the effectiveness of the partnership. He suggested that this was a common theme in many of the surveyed university-K-12 partnerships.

Supervisors

Supervisors monitor the implementation of educational policies and guidelines, ensuring that schools meet quality benchmarks and regulatory requirements. They also facilitate professional development, fostering collaboration and creating opportunities for teachers to reflect on their practice.

They encourage and challenge faculty members to initiate curricular improvement, while ensuring that their efforts are informed by rigorous research. They also support faculty in addressing problems that threaten student safety or academic integrity, and they ensure that all teachers receive adequate orientation and support for their roles as educators.

Our graduate programs prepare students to serve as educational leaders in PK-12 public school division settings, as well as governmental and non-profit organizations. Our Doctor of Education program allows candidates to develop and conduct meaningful research to influence educational policy and practice at a national level. In addition, we have a number of partnerships with educational agencies and organizations. These relationships provide our students with a variety of professional experiences and unique learning opportunities that enhance their career prospects upon graduation.

Administrators

Administrators provide a vital link between a school board and individual schools within the district. They must maintain knowledge of a district’s finances, manage political dynamics, and apply appropriate legal requirements at every level.

These individuals also facilitate the smooth functionality of student activities and endeavors, communicate with students and their families to resolve concerns, maintain systems for attendance, enact the principal’s plans for academic achievement, continuously monitor the adherence to standards set by regional, state, or federal guidelines, and perform many other administrative tasks.

Our graduate programs prepare aspiring and practicing administrators and supervisors with carefully designed opportunities and the highest quality education in educational leadership. Whether preparing to lead in PK-12 or higher education settings, we train you to be an equity-driven leader responsible for empowering engaged and inspired learners.

Leaders

Whether a teacher, administrator or coach, leaders in the department of education leadership develop and implement comprehensive and relevant curriculums that keep schools and districts on track for meeting their goals. They also design and administer professional learning opportunities, including on-site whole-school PD sessions and off-site institutes, to ensure that staff members’ goals are aligned with school goals.

Leaders in the department of educational leadership are also experts on the laws and policies governing education, and they maintain knowledge about financial requirements for individual schools or district systems. They are often involved in negotiations with local boards, educator unions, parent organizations, child advocates and community leaders.

TNTP’s department of education leadership trains educators, district and nonprofit managers, and policy leaders through a cohort-based program that offers full tuition coverage and stipends. This three-year program combines rigorous research with expert faculty, community thought partners and coaches to create confident and prepared leaders who are astute problem solvers and equity warriors.

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Leadership roles in a company: CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO, General Counsel, Chief Sustainability Officer

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What Does it Take to Be a C-Level Executive?

C-level executives make high-stakes decisions that affect the entire company. Reaching this coveted position requires years of leadership experience and finely-honed management skills.

Think of well-known CEOs like Tim Cook of Apple or Mary Barra of General Motors Corporation. They started at entry-level positions and worked their way up through the ranks of their respective companies.

Chief Executive Officer

The CEO of a company is the highest-ranking executive officer and ultimately responsible for the success of the organization. CEOs are in charge of implementing existing policies, improving the financial strength of the company, ensuring digital business transformation, providing leadership and creating a vision for success.

The chief executive officer must also ensure the company meets its primary goals – whether to maximize profits for shareholders, as is the case with most businesses, or meet specific humanitarian and philanthropic goals, which is more often the case with nonprofits. CEOs typically lead a team of c-level executives who are in charge of managing functional areas on the CEO’s behalf.

Chief Financial Officer

CFOs are the main financial decision makers within a company. They assess markets, prepare financial forecasts and present research to other executives and stakeholders. They also oversee finance directors and controllers, crafting financial reports that adhere to strict accounting standards.

They typically work closely with the CEO and weigh in on high-level strategic decisions. They have a broad view of the organization’s financial standing, freeing up controllers, treasurers and FP&A professionals to focus on operational matters. They also manage the company’s investment portfolio. They can secure funding and make acquisitions to propel growth.

Chief Information Officer

The chief information officer (CIO) is a senior executive who works with IT systems and information technology in order to support company goals. They make executive decisions, such as whether to purchase new IT equipment from vendors or create their own IT systems. They are also responsible for predicting risk and managing IT expenses.

A CIO’s skillset requires a strong understanding of both IT and business strategy. They often hold a bachelor’s degree in IT or software engineering, and sometimes also have a master of business administration (MBA). They may also serve as a mentor for other employees to teach them IT management.

Chief Technology Officer

CTOs play a pivotal role in shaping technology roadmaps and driving innovation. They work closely with other c-suite executives to align technology initiatives with company goals.

They also need to stay across tech trends and harness capital in order to crystallise a company’s aims. CTOs have a unique blend of technical expertise, soft skills and business acumen.

They typically oversee a range of technical activities, including developing and implementing technology strategies, managing tech development and infrastructure, fostering innovation and ensuring data security. These tasks require sharp management skills and the ability to work with diverse teams.

General Counsel

The GC represents the corporation as a whole and is accountable to the company’s shareholders and stakeholders, ostensibly represented by its board of directors. As such, the GC must be able to view all past, present and future business arrangements from an impartial, long-term perspective.

The best GCs also possess strong managerial skills to ensure that legal departments are structured, funded and staffed in ways that support the corporation’s business objectives. This often requires implementing formal, time efficient protocols for legal sign-off on all business decisions and arrangements so that communications can be protected by solicitor-client privilege.

Chief Sustainability Officer

Chief Sustainability Officers, also known as CSOs, are the senior-level executives who oversee a company’s sustainability programs. They are tasked with coordinating with employees, shareholders and other stakeholders to develop an effective corporate strategy for environmental and social responsibility. The position requires extensive public speaking and staff management skills, as well as a strong understanding of operations, financials and budgeting.

Our CSO list (see links below) includes C-suite and VP level executives who manage sustainability initiatives for companies, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Many of these individuals also wear multiple executive hats in areas such as public affairs, marketing, research, business development and finance.

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