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FADSS 2020 - 2021 Quarterly Business Partner Newsletter


FADSS 2020 - 2021 Annual Partners

FADSS is proud to welcome back several returning annual partners as well as some new companies to the FADSS Annual Business Partner Program.

The full list of 2020-2021 FADSS Annual Business Partners and company descriptions can be found here.

Direct links to the company websites can be accessed here.

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FADSS Summer Zoom Trainings

Link to all archived FADSS Zoom Training can accessed via this link.

FADSS is proud to provide this resource to Florida district school superintendents and their staff.

 


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Upcoming Events

 
  • New Superintendent Training Series - Equitable, Highly Effective Instructional Opportunities for All

    Date: January 27-28, 2021
    Location: Virtual Training
  • New Superintendent Training Series: Astute Resource Allocation to Support a High-Performing School District

    Date: February 24-25, 2021
    Location: FHSAA Office, Gainesville (Location Tentative)
  • FADSS 2021 Spring Leadership Conference: Leading a High-Performing Florida School District

    Date: March 24 - 26, 2021
    Location: TBD
  • New Superintendent Training Series: Statutory/Regulatory/Legal Considerations in Leading a High Performing School District

    Date: April 14-15, 2021
    Location: FHSAA Office, Gainesville (Location Tentative)
  • New Superintendent Training Series: Leading a Highly Effective Workforce

    Date: May 5-6, 2021
    Location: FHSAA Office, Gainesville (Location Tentative)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson

A Message from FADSS CEO

Resilience and Strength are at the Core of a Good Leader

Clearly, we have been, and continue to be, living in unprecedented times. The changes we have experienced brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020 have impacted every facet of our daily lives. This current crisis has certainly shone a light upon the critical roles that public schools play in the lives our students, their families and our communities as a whole.

Yet despite the immense challenges, I continue to be astounded and encouraged by the leadership shown by Florida’s district school superintendents to ensure that students continue to learn, teachers are teaching, school and district staff are employed, and public schools continue to serve as the cornerstone of their communities. I attribute this outstanding leadership to two key qualities: resilience and strength.  

  • Resilience is a crucial characteristic of high-performing leaders. Resilience is the human capacity to meet adversity, setbacks and trauma, and then recover from them in order to live life fully. Resilient leaders bounce back from setbacks. They have the ability to sustain their energy level under pressure, to cope with disruptive changes and adapt.

  • Strength is defined as the quality or state of being strong, the capacity for exertion or endurance. The term strength applies to the quality or property of a person or thing that makes possible the exertion of force or the withstanding of strain, pressure, or attack.

Whereas leadership is quite simply the capacity to lead, clearly one’s capacity to be an effective leader is directly tied to their resilience and strength. And I assert that there are fewer jobs that are tougher or more demanding than that of a district school superintendent. The immense responsibility that accompanies the role of being the educational leader of a community is not taken lightly by superintendents. Every decision a superintendent must make takes into consideration what is best for the students, teachers, district and school staff, as well as the community as a whole.

Difficult decisions have always played a key role in the job of a district school superintendent. The COVID-19 pandemic clearly multiplied the number and magnitude of those “difficult decisions.” And as with any difficult decision, there will be those that embrace and support it and those that disagree and judge, often without full understanding of the scope of the issue.

Through it all, Florida district school superintendents have continued to lead their communities with resilience and strength and make the tough choices necessary to ensure continued learning and educational opportunities in a safe environment for Florida’s nearly 2.9 million public school students.

Thank you for leading with resiliency and strength. We will get through these trying times together and come out wiser, stronger and ever more committed to educational excellence and equity for all students.

~ Bill Montford

In the News

 

FADSS 2020 - 2021 Quarterly Business Partner Newsletter


FADSS 2020 - 2021 Annual Partners

FADSS is proud to welcome back several returning annual partners as well as some new companies to the FADSS Annual Business Partner Program.

The full list of 2020-2021 FADSS Annual Business Partners and company descriptions can be found here.

Direct links to the company websites can be accessed here.

 __________________________


FADSS Summer Zoom Trainings

Link to all archived FADSS Zoom Training can accessed via this link.

FADSS is proud to provide this resource to Florida district school superintendents and their staff.

 


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