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The School Superintendent
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The School Superintendent
Theory, Practice, and Cases

Third Edition

Courses:
Superintendency

November 2012 | 448 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases is the essential guide to succeeding as a superintendent or as an administrator in another district-level position. Comprehensive in both theory and practice, this textbook and reference guide examines the role and responsibilities of school district administration in professional, social, philosophical, and political frames, while balancing perspectives of rewards and challenges commonly expressed by school superintendents. Important topics covered include the emerging role of superintendent as communicator, the changing conditions in districts and schools, inadequate funding for public schools, and the treatment of policy administration, leadership roles, and community involvement.

Fully updated, the Third Edition provides: greater emphasis on the challenges facing novice superintendents; new material on strategic planning and visioning; new and expanded coverage of contemporary issues such as inadequate district funding and social challenges; additional figures, tables, key terms, and other helpful learning tools; and more.

 
Preface
 
PART I: THE POSITION: ROLES AND CONTEXT
 
1. Defining Practice
 
2. Society and Schools
 
PART II: SCHOOL DISTRICTS: STRUCTURE AND AUTHORITY
 
3. School Districts as Organizations
 
4. School Boards
 
5. Superintendent and School Board Relationships
 
6. School District Policy
 
PART III: SUPERINTENDENT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
 
7. Providing Leadership at the District Level
 
8. Community Leadership
 
9. Material Resources Management
 
10. Human Resources Management
 
PART IV: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
 
11. Contemporary Challenges
 
12. Personal Dispositions and Practice
 
13. Seeking the Position
 
Author Index
 
Subject Index
 
About the Author

I am still reviewing the contents and will probably adopt and have on the shelf this summer in the bookstore.

Dr. Stokes

Dr Dorothy Stokes
Educational Leadership, Jackson State University
March 21, 2014
Key features

Marketing Features & Benefits

  • Provides case studies at the beginning of each chapter to encourage the reader to engage in reflection by linking content with problems of practice
  • Includes reflective summaries, a list of key terms, and pertinent questions at the end of each chapter
  • Describes contemporary superintendency in the context of five role conceptualizations—professional educator, business manager, statesman, social scientist, communicator—by tracing the evolution of the role expectations and discussing their continued emphasis in current practice
  • Integrates theory and practice by using cases and questions to connect content to students' everyday experiences
  • Emphasizes tensions between centralization and decentralization, particularly in relation to policy development and enforcement
  • Focuses on attributes of effective practice including instructional leadership, relational communication, decision making, ethical practice, personal career planning, and professional growth
  • Differentiates between leadership and management and posits that greater attention to leadership does not diminish the need for and importance of competent management

NEW TO THE THIRD EDITION

  • Greater emphasis is given to the challenges facing novice superintendents.
  • Key terms of practice are added at the end of each chapter.
  • Content relating to strategic planning, and especially visioning, are revised and expanded.
  • Evolving contemporary issues, such as inadequate district funding and social challenges, are added or expanded.
  • More figures and tables are included.
  • References throughout the book are updated, especially those related to research on the superintendency.
  • Data throughout the book is updated, primarily by referencing the 2010 decennial study of superintendents.

Sample Materials & Chapters

TOC

CH 7

CH 11


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