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.

Seeking the Position

Seeking the position

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • ▪ Novice superintendents
  • ▪ Superintendent searches
  • ▪ Search consultants
  • ▪ Applying to be a superintendent
  • ▪ Personal career planning
  • ▪ Negotiating an employment contract

Case Study Career Decisions are Often Complicated

Although it was Saturday evening, Lucy Harrison was sitting in her office trying to get through 3 days of voice and e-mail messages. She had just returned from a second interview for a superintendent position in another district. She found it difficult to concentrate because she kept thinking about the possibility that she would have to make a major career decision in the next week.

After college, Lucy taught second grade in one of the largest school districts in the Atlanta metropolitan area. She loved teaching, and her enthusiasm was obvious ...

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