The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases 3e 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 in this pivotal position. Readers are encouraged to engage in reflection by linking content with personal experiences. This objective is pursued by providing reflective summaries, pertinent questions, and case studies at the end of each chapter. The third edition continues to focus contextual variables influencing practice in an information-based and reform-minded society. Current reform strategies are identified and their effects on current and future role expectations for superintendents are discussed. Special attention is given to the emerging role of superintendent as communicator. The book also contains two other noteworthy features: balanced perspectives of the potential rewards and challenges commonly experienced by school superintendents and career development information. The former topic includes both professional and personal issues; the latter encompasses career planning, application and interview processes, and quality of life considerations.

Contemporary Challenges

Contemporary challenges

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • ▪ Heightened political action
  • ▪ Inadequate funding for school districts
  • ▪ Strategic planning and school improvement
  • ▪ Restructuring institutional culture
  • ▪ Superintendent licensing
  • ▪ Underrepresentation of women and people of color

Case Study a Lack of Resources Can Lead to Extreme Measures

Dr. Rachel Watson became superintendent of the Washington Heights School District (WHSD) 2 years ago. An experienced educator, she was a classroom teacher for 16 years and an elementary school principal for 8 years. She came to Washington Heights from a neighboring district, so she was aware of prevailing problems. The WHSD serves a small community on the fringe of a large metropolitan area. Originally developed by a steel company to house workers after World War II, Washington Heights has no ...

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