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.

Personal Dispositions and Practice

Personal dispositions and practice

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • ▪ Managing time
  • ▪ Balancing responsibilities
  • ▪ Dealing with influence
  • ▪ Making effective decisions
  • ▪ Communicating effectively
  • ▪ Managing stress
  • ▪ Rewards and frustrations

Case Study Adjusting to Pressures

Albert Davidson was an above-average student and a gifted athlete. After graduating from high school, he received an athletic scholarship and attended a state university; his goal was to be a social studies teacher and football coach. After completing his bachelor's degree, he was awarded a National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarship and attended graduate school, earning a master's degree in history. He began teaching 2 months later, at the age of 24.

While teaching and coaching football at a large high school, he was persuaded by the principal to seek a career ...

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