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. 

Becoming a Superintendent

Becoming a superintendent

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Superintendent selection process
  • Search consultants
  • Personal career planning
  • Special career planning challenges for women and persons of color
  • Pursuing a superintendency
  • Negotiating an employment contract

Administrators become superintendents in different ways. Some say that the job was a lifelong goal for which they planned meticulously; others claim that they never sought the position but were essentially pushed into it by school board members. Regardless of how they got to the top, most superintendents admit to a common deficiency: they were not prepared sufficiently to deal with unique aspects of superintendent selection and employment (Hess, 1989). The novel experiences to which they refer include having to go through an extensive selection process that begins with an evaluation ...

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