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As many readers of our blog already know, Studer Education will host its annual What’s Right in Education Conference on October 21st-23rd in Atlanta, GA. Numerous skillful practitioners will share their work-based experiences of Evidence-Based Leadership, district scorecards, employee engagement, district support services, efforts to increase parent satisfaction, and beyond.

As a research fellow with Studer Education, I look forward to attending and to my opportunity to learn from these experts. Here are some questions I’ll bring:

  • What’s made the greatest impact on increasing your employee engagement?
  • When you developed a district scorecard, what was the most challenging part of the process?
  • What’s common among the offices that receive high ratings for supporting principals and schools?
  • Has Race to the Top fulfilled its promise for you district? How do you know?

As a student in a program dedicated to preparing us for the role of urban superintendent, I am especially curious about a presentation by school board members on the qualities they seek in superintendents.

Check out the agenda for our 3 days here, and share with me: What questions will you ask?




MatarazzoSpecial thanks to Guest Blogger Melissa Matarazzo for authoring this post. Melissa Matarazzo is a Research Fellow at Studer Education and a doctoral candidate in the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Urban Superintendents Program. Melissa most recently served as the Executive Director for Achievement and Accountability in the Charleston County (SC) School District.  Prior to her work in South Carolina, Melissa served as a middle school principal in the Peabody (MA) Public Schools, and as an 8th grade teacher and assistant principal in the Derry (NH) Cooperative School District. Melissa has served as a supervisor of teacher interns at the College of Charleston, SC and an adjunct instructor at American International College in Springfield, MA. Follow Melissa on Twitter at @LrngLdr.

Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the fifth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.