Recently I wrote about what I thought were a few of the qualities needed in Missouri's next Commissioner of Education. I finished by saying that the State Board must take the time to get the selection right.
Since then we've seen Utah select a new State Superintendent. Their website made note of the search, they included stakeholders in the selection process, and ended by selecting an in-state sitting superintendent.
Here in Missouri several superintendent groups are writing the State Board asking for a thoughtful process to select a new Commissioner. Our hope is that our State Board will engage stakeholders to develop a leadership profile, recruit top candidates, and make a selection based on the leadership profile.
Will the State Board show us they value our input or make a quick, closed decision? We are the Show-Me State after all.