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Monday Churn: The ideal commissioner


What’s churning:

The State Board of Education last week polished up the list of characteristics it wants in a new education commissioner, coming up with a 1½-page list of things that person should demonstrate, understand and possess.

The list includes 13 things to demonstrate, 15 to understand and six to possess.

Among the interesting characteristics listed:

  • A visionary outlook on 21st Century Education
  • Willingness to engage in finding alternative models for funding public education
  • Successful, significant leadership experience in either a traditional or non-traditional setting
  • The ability to make difficult decisions

The whole list is a bit long to regurgitate in the short format of the Daily Churn – you can read it here.

The board refined its wish list after the search firm of Hazard, Young, Attea completed surveys and interviews to gather opinions from educators, elected officials and citizens about what they want in a new commissioner. You can read the results here. The refined list of characteristics gives the consultants clearer direction as they hunt for candidates.

The job posting closes on March 30. An application form and more information are available here.

There’s plenty to watch at the Capitol this week, including legislation on student athlete concussions, school improvement plans (two bills), district outsourcing of non-instructional functions, guns on school grounds, tax credits for private school tuition and energy-efficient school buildings.

See the full calendar here

What’s on tap:


The University of Colorado Board of Regents opens a two-day session, starting at 1 p.m. at the Qwest Research Park, 4001 Discovery Drive in Boulder. Agenda.

The Boulder Valley school board meets at 5 p.m. Agenda. … The Poudre board convenes at 5:30 p.m. Agenda.


The State Council for Educator Effectiveness convenes at 9 a.m. for an all-day session at the Colorado Children’s Campaign, 1580 Lincoln St., Suite 420.

The State Board of Education holds its every-other-week legislative review meeting starting at 2 p.m. in the boardroom at 201 E. Colfax Ave.

Good reads from elsewhere:

  • ‘Flash seminars:’ You’ve heard of flash mobs, right? Well here’s an academic twist to the concept. Washington Post
  • Slash and burn: U.S. House votes to cut $5 billion from federal education budget. Education Week
  • Looming clash?: Rick Hess worries that common core standards and charters could conflict. Education Week blog