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.

School Boards

School boards

Key Facets of the Chapter

  • □ Legal status of school boards
  • □ School board authority
  • □ Ideal and real board member roles
  • □ Differences in school board composition
  • □ Political contexts
  • □ Criticisms and recommended reforms

Case Study When Board Members are Political Delegates

The board of education in the Capital City School District has seven members, one elected from each of seven geographic districts. Dr. Jonathan Wedge is the district's fourth superintendent in the last 11 years, and he is completing his first year in the position. One of his priorities is to change the manner in which board members deal with policy and other important decisions. The board members consider themselves to be representatives of their respective areas in which they reside. As such, they seek ...

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