When I started my new position as Superintendent of Schools for the William Alvord Unified School District this summer, I crafted an entry plan that served a variety of purposes. First, I wanted it to serve as a blueprint for my first few months on the job to ensure I stayed on track and completed a series of tasks that I believed were important to a good start, such as building a relationship with my board and board members, building my team, meeting a variety of key stakeholders, studying certain aspects of the district, and building social capacity in the community.


I also wanted it to serve as a document I can publish so that members of my new community can learn about me and my goals for Alvord Unified. To accomplish that I steered away from too much jargon and eduspeak and focused on big ideas and concepts that spoke to my leadership style and approach to management.


I also wanted it to serve as an example of the quality, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness I expect from my team. I spent many days brainstorming with colleagues before crafting the plan's first draft. Then I re-crafted it based on feedback and input from the many superintendents, teachers, staff members, and academic friends and colleagues I vetted it through.


Finally, and most importantly, I wanted it to introduce me as a person, separate from my position. To serve that purpose I personalized it and included quotes and other value-based content that provides a window into my heart, if not my soul.


Here is my plan. Click on the image to view it as a pdf or download it. As with all of my documents, you are free to use it as a template or example or just to get some ideas as you design an entry for your next position. Whether you're becoming a principal, assistant principal, district-level leader or anything above it, an entry plan is a great way to kick off your tenure.

To measure the success of my plan, a set of performance indicators (find them in Word form here) accompany the plan and serves as an ongoing set of performance indicators to be used in the annual evaluation.