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 text 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. 

Defining Practice

Defining practice

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Levels of public education governance
  • School district superintendents
  • Requirements for being a superintendent
  • Quality-of-life considerations

The November 1907 cover of the School Board Journal featured a cartoon in which a vacancy notice for a superintendent of schools had been posted on the front door of a board of education office. The solicitation noted that the board was seeking an individual who must please everybody, from ultraconservatives to radical progressives. The thought-provoking cover illustrates that even in public education's formative years, superintendents were expected to appease patrons with divergent philosophies. Today's context of democratic pluralism makes the context of public education even more political than it was in 1907; superintendents are drawn continually into conflict-laden situations by elected officials, ...

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