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.
Chapter 11: Community Leadership
Key Facets of the Chapter
- A superintendent's leadership role in school and community relations
- Building and maintaining community support for public education
- School district partnerships
- A superintendent's personal community involvement
Asuperintendent's leadership role, professionally and politically, always has extended beyond a school district's organizational boundaries. In large measure, this is because the superintendent was generally viewed as public property and the superintendent's personal behavior was constantly scrutinized (Blumberg, 1985; Kowalski, 1995). Although this perception persists, community leadership expectations now have been intensified by the fact that the public also see superintendents as public resources. National studies (e.g., Glass, Björk, & Brunner, 2000) reveal that the amount of time superintendents spend away from their office and district schools is increasing. This trend is one ...