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Learning from the Best Lessons from Award-Winning Superintendents

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ISBN-10: 1412959845

ISBN-13: 9781412959841

Edition: 2009

Authors: Sandra K. Harris, Sandra Harris, American Association of School Administrators Staff

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Organized topically around the areas most essential to the superintendency, this book offers a collection of best practices for district leadership from award-winning superintendents.Representing an array of school districts with diverse populations, school sizes, and community locales, 22 practicing and former superintendents detail in their own voices the practices that were central to their success and the success of their schools. Readers are invited to share in the wisdom and experience of these outstanding leaders on topics such as: Transformational leadership that develops staff and provides direction for the district Community building, outreach, and developing trust Responding to…    
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Book details

List price: $49.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.056
Language: English

Sandra Harris is currently associate professor in the Educational Leadership Department at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, where she teaches classes in social justice, action research, and other administrator preparation courses in the doctoral program. Formerly, Harris served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in public and private schools. Her scholarship agenda includes administrator preparation, K-12 peer harassment, and building relationship-oriented, socially just school environments. Harris publishes and presents at regional, state, and national conferences on these topics.

Foreword
Acknowledgments
About the Author
Contributors
Introduction
Role of the Superintendent
Qualifications for the Superintendency
Purpose of This Book
Leadership That Transforms Schools
Leadership Sets Direction by Communicating and Collaborating
Leadership Sets Direction by Staying the Course
Leadership Sets Direction by Involving the Community in Visioning
Leadership Redesigns the Organization by Identifying the Culture of the District
Leadership Redesigns the Organization Through Instructional Leadership
Leadership Redefines the Organization by Reducing District Health Care Costs
Leadership Develops People Through Servant Leadership
Leadership Develops People Through the Power of Collaboration
Leadership Develops People Through Implementing Book Clubs
Leadership That Develops People Is Important
Summary
Leadership Reflection
Additional Resources
Community Building
Building Relationships With the Board of Education
School Board: Team of Eight Training
Everyone Is Important
Creating a Professional Learning Community
Building Community: Three Key Elements and Four Steps to Implement
Communicating and Collaborating Within the District Takes Effort
Building Trust in the Community at Every Level
Leading by Example
Reaching Out to the Larger Community
The Expanding Role of Community
Maintaining Quality Media Relationships
Building Community by Developing Cost-Effective Partnerships
Summary
Community Building Reflection
Additional Resources
Changing Times
The Changing Nature of Today's Superintendency
Servant Leaders Build Relationships in Changing Times
Changing Times Emphasize a Need for Civic Education
Preparing Young People for a Global Community
Ten Strengths of Resilient Superintendents in Changing Times
Summary
Changing Times Reflection
Additional Resources
School Reform
The Achievement Gap: What Are WE Going to Do About It? Brenda Dietrich
Achievement Gap Challenges: Special Education and LEP
Closing the Achievement Gap
School Reform Strategy: Dropout Recovery
School Reform Strategy: Educational Summit for Evaluation
School Reform Strategy: Using Research to Reform Schools
School Reform Strategy: Evaluate School Programs
Overcoming School Reform Barriers: Ask "What Doesn't Make Sense?"
Overcoming School Reform Barriers: Organizational Inertia
Overcoming School Reform Barriers: Three Suggestions
Overcoming School Reform Barriers: Learn to Live With NCLB
Summary
School Reform Reflection
Additional Resources
More Creative Ideas That Work
Guidelines, Practices, and Words of Advice
Advice for New Superintendents
John Morton's Top Ten List of General Advice
Feedback Is Important
Doing the Right Thing
Moving From Leading a Small District to a Large District
Passing a Bond
Collaborative Tips for a Successful Budget
Books Every Superintendent Should Read
Words of Wisdom
Reflection
Additional Resources
Superintendents Change the World of a Child
Student Learning Results in Successful Schools
People Are More Important Than Programs
We Is More Important Than Me
Changing a Student's World
References and Further Reading
Index