School Superintendent Theory, Practice, and Cases

ISBN-10: 1412906776

ISBN-13: 9781412906777

Edition: 2nd 2006 (Revised)

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"This is the best textbook for aspiring school superintendents. It presents material that is relevant to the position and adds reality via the case studies at the end of each chapter." -Floyd Boschee, The University of South Dakota "The School Superintendent uses outstanding case studies and excellent conceptual context that will enable aspiring superintendents to stretch and use higher- level thought processes. The book provides an excellent bridge from the theoretical to a practical application for those wishing to obtain the position of superintendent." -Ralph A. Waltman, Kent State University Now in its Second Edition, The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases provides reflective summaries, pertinent questions, and case studies at the end of each chapter to encourage the reader to engage in reflection by linking content with personal experiences. The content provides a comprehensive analysis of the evolution of the school district superintendent position and a blend of theory and practical knowledge pertaining to contemporary practice in this pivotal position. The Second Edition balances perspectives of the potential professional and personal rewards and challenges commonly experienced by school superintendents. Important topics covered include the emerging role of superintendent as communicator, the changing conditions in districts and schools, and the treatment of policy administration, leadership roles, and community involvement. New to this edition: Encompasses career planning, application and interview processes, preparation and state licensing, professional development, and quality-oflife-considerations Broadened the focus on managerial responsibilities into two chapters, which separately examine material resources and human resources Examines in depth the relationship between the superintendent and the school board Written as both a textbook and reference for practitioners, The School Superintendent is a perfect fit for superintendent courses and professional libraries.
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Book details

List price: $132.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: SAGE Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/9/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 424
Size: 7.75" wide x 9.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.892
Language: English

Preface
School District Superintendents
Defining Practice
Levels of Public Education Governance
School District Superintendents
Requirements for Being a Superintendent
Quality of Life Considerations
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Role Characterizations
Superintendent as Teacher-Scholar
Superintendent as Manager
Superintendent as Democratic Leader
Superintendent as Applied Social Scientist
Superintendent as Communicator
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Conditions of Practice
Changing Social Conditions
Workplace Conditions
For Further Reflection
Case Study
School Districts: Governance And Organization
School Districts as Organizations
Nature of School Districts
Organizational Dimensions
Organizational Paradigms
Directed Autonomy and District Organization
For Further Reflection
Case Study
School Boards
Legal Status and Authority
Ideal and Real Roles
Composition of School Boards
Criticisms and Recommended Reforms
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Superintendent and School Board Relationships
Importance of Positive Relationships
Building Positive Relationships
Managing Conflict with Board Members
For Further Reflection
Case Study
School District Policy
Essence of Policy
Policy Statements
Policy Formulation
Policy Administration
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Superintendent Leadership And Management Responsibilities
Providing Leadership at the District Level
Emerging Need for Leadership
Understanding Leadership
Instructional Leadership
Leadership Functions
Normative Leadership Standards
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Material Resources Management
Fiscal Management
Facility Management
Pupil Transportation
Food Services
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Human Resources Management
Managing Personnel
Managing Relationships with Employee Unions
Managing Special Education Programs
Managing Pupil Personnel Services
Managing the Legal Dimensions of School Districts
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Community Leadership
District and Community Relations
District Partnerships
Personal Community Involvement
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Contemporary And Personal Perspectives
Contemporary Challenges
Social Challenges
Institutional Challenges
Professional Challenges
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Personal Practice Management
Superintendent Work Lives
Coping Strategies
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Becoming a Superintendent
Superintendent Selection Process
Career Planning
Application Process
Negotiating an Employment Contract
For Further Reflection
Case Study
Author Index
Subject Index
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