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. 

Providing Leadership at the District Level

Providing leadership at the district level

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • Importance of leadership in contemporary practice
  • Understanding leadership
  • Leadership functions
  • Leadership dispositions
  • Normative perspectives on leadership

During the last two decades of the 20th century, widespread concern for the condition of public schooling launched what is arguably the most concentrated, comprehensive, and continual effort to reform public education in America's history. National commission and task force reports examined the purpose and condition of schooling, demanded accountability and higher expectations for student performance, and challenged conventional assumptions about how schools are structured, managed, and governed (Björk, 2001). Closely entwined themes of leadership and learning, as well as increasing demands for participation in decision- and policymaking venues, heightened expectations that superintendents provide ...

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