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.

Society and Schools

Society and schools

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • □ Emerging perspective on education
  • □ Evolving social landscape
  • □ Protracted dissatisfaction with schools
  • □ Challenge of doing more with less
  • □ Public school districts
  • □ Organizational resistance to change

Case Study Social Changes and School Effectiveness

In 1955, Jackson Park was one of the fastest growing suburbs in the United States. By 1970, virtually all available land had been developed into subdivisions, apartment complexes, condominiums, and strip malls. Located just 15 minutes from downtown Chicago, the community had attracted middle-class and predominately White residents. Between 1955 and 1970, the school district's enrollment had increased by 175%, and seven new schools were constructed.

The first enrollment downturn was recorded in 1973, and thereafter, the number of students declined annually until 1986. During this ...

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