Fostering a Positive School Culture

Navigating the Application and Interview Process for School Leadership Positions

February 2, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speakers: Danielle Klingaman, Ed.D., AthenaK12 Speaker; John Antonucci, Ed.D., AthenaK12 Speaker

Webinar Description
The search process for school leadership positions can be daunting, especially for first-time applicants. During this webinar, instructors will cover a variety of topics to help aspiring leaders navigate the process to put them in a position for success, including: What to expect during the search process (timelines, steps, stakeholder involvement, etc.); How to make your resume and cover letter stand out from the pack; and How to prepare for interviews, including a review of actual interview questions from recent searches. Additionally, this webinar will include a discussion of what to do, and what not to do to make a good impression during the search process.

About the Speakers
John Antonucci, Ed.D.'s professional experience includes over twenty-three years as a school leader in high-performing districts. He is currently the Superintendent of the North Attleborough Public Schools, after serving as Superintendent of Duxbury Public Schools for four years and as Superintendent of Schools in Westwood from 2005-2017. Prior to that, he was the Assistant Superintendent of the Nashoba Regional School District in Bolton MA, and the Director of Finance for the Bedford Public Schools. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Administration from Northeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration( M.B.A.) from Boston University, and a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Political Science from Tufts University.

Dr. Antonucci is a three-term member of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents Executive Committee, and a past president of the Tri-CountySuperintendent’s Roundtable. He has served as an instructor in the TEC Administrator Licensure Program, the MSAA Leadership Licensure Program (LLP), and as an adjunct faculty member at Boston University. His educational interests include school business and finance, organizational management, leadership team development, communication, and community engagement.

Danielle Klingaman, Ed.D. is currently the Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Duxbury Public School district. She began her professional career working with adolescents with mental health and behavioral challenges in a residential treatment program and later worked as a special education teacher in the Wrentham Public School district before beginning her successful 17-year career in school administration. Before being named Interim Superintendent in Duxbury, Dr. Klingaman served as the Assistant Superintendent there.  Prior to her tenure in Duxbury, she was the Principal of Joseph W. Martin, Jr. Elementary School in North Attleboro, Assistant Principal of Central Elementary School in East Bridgewater, and the Principal of L.G. Nourse Elementary School in Norton. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Northeastern University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Bridgewater State University, a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Special Education from Bridgewater State University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  

She previously served on the MassCUE Board of Directors as well as the Principals’ Advisory Cabinet for the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) and was a member of the DESE development team that wrote and developed tools for The Inclusive Practices Guidebook. Dr. Klingaman’s doctoral research focused on school culture, change theory, and effective leadership practices.  She has led teacher and administrator professional development and coursework in curriculum, pedagogy, and technology integration. She lives in Attleboro with her husband and two children.

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