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In some school districts, hope can outstrip influence
by Cherise M. Newsome
The Virginian-Pilot (3/7/15


The phenomenon of the "savior" superintendent has roots in the business world, where corporations relied on "savior" CEOs to buttress failing companies, said Warren Simmons, executive director of the Annenberg Institute of School Reform at Brown University in Rhode Island.

It takes an entire community to right a struggling division, Simmons said.

"Leadership means leading a community through a process that generates a plan that the superintendent is responsible for leading, but the community is responsible for supporting as well," he said. "It's the job of a successful superintendent to create shared leadership if you're going to fundamentally change and improve performance in the urban systems..."