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School Superintendent : The Profession and the Person - William L. Sharp

School Superintendent

The Profession and the Person

Paperback Published: 1st October 2004
ISBN: 9781578861576
Number Of Pages: 266

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Very few books on the superintendency, if any, address the position in the manner of The School Superintendent: The Profession and the Person. This book covers how to become a superintendent and be successful at it and presents a personal view of the superintendency. It also details: the history of the superintendency, the relationship between the superitendent and the school board, the different types of leadership styles. Authors Sharp and Walter, both former superintendents, offer practical advice, discussion questions, and examples throughout this book. There is also a chapter written by spouses of superintendents in his/her point of view. Intended for use in graduate education classes on the superintendency as well as practicing and aspiring superintendents.

Decisions by superintendents are no longer made by the seat of the pants....This book can be used in coursework for the superintendent certification program or as a primer by an aspiring candidate for the superintendency. Because the role of the spouse is stressed in the book, it also would serve as a good resource for anyone who is married to a superintendent or an educator hoping to become one to gain a better understanding of the all-encompassing role.--School Administrator

Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
A Historical Look at the Superintendency (and the Board of Education)p. 1
Introductionp. 1
Historical Perspectivep. 1
The Legal Authority of School Boardsp. 5
Debates about School Boardsp. 10
The Role of the Superintendenp. 15
The Tenuous Nature of the Superintendencyp. 17
What's Right about the Superintendency?p. 19
Summaryp. 21
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 21
Suggested Classroom Activitiesp. 22
Referencesp. 23
Getting the Superintendencyp. 25
Introductionp. 25
Searching for the Jobp. 25
Applying for the Superintendencyp. 28
The Papersp. 32
Interviewing for the Superintendencyp. 39
The Superintendent's Contractp. 46
Female Superintendentsp. 53
Conclusionp. 54
Summaryp. 55
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 56
Suggested Classroom Activitiesp. 56
Referencesp. 57
Notesp. 57
Leadership, Ethics, and Decision Makingp. 59
Introductionp. 59
Leadership Stylesp. 59
Classical Organization Theoryp. 60
Human Relations Theory and Behavioral Science Theoryp. 61
McGregor's Theoriesp. 61
Transactional and Transformational Leadershipp. 63
Decision Making and the Superintendencyp. 64
Decision Making and Problem Solvingp. 65
Models of Decision Makingp. 66
Problems with the Rational Modelp. 75
Satisficing Behaviorp. 78
Garbage Can Modelp. 78
Types of Decisionsp. 79
Individual and Group Decision Makingp. 81
Participatory Decision Makingp. 84
Group Decision-Making Techniquesp. 88
Ethics in School Administrationp. 89
Conclusionp. 91
Summaryp. 92
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 92
Referencesp. 93
Developing the Administrative Teamp. 97
Introductionp. 97
Administrative Teams or Cabinetsp. 97
Insider Informationp. 99
Timing for Meetingsp. 101
To Go or Not to Gop. 102
Evaluation of Central Staff and Principalsp. 104
Task Forcesp. 106
Standing Committeesp. 106
Summaryp. 108
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 108
Referencesp. 109
Notesp. 109
Dealing with the Board of Education: The Superintendent-School Board Relationshipp. 111
Introductionp. 111
The Role of the School Boardp. 111
The Role of the Superintendentp. 113
Problems in the Relationshipp. 113
Evaluation of the Superintendent and the Boardp. 118
School Board Meetingsp. 119
The Board Policy Manualp. 124
Public and Executive Board Meetingsp. 126
Conclusionp. 129
Summaryp. 130
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 130
Suggested Classroom Activitiesp. 131
Referencesp. 134
Superintendent-School Board President Relationshipsp. 137
Introductionp. 137
Strong Leadership Is a Mustp. 137
Roles and Responsibilities of the Effective Board Presidentp. 138
Superintendent's Involvement with the Board and Board President Selectionp. 139
Duties of a Board Presidentp. 142
Summaryp. 143
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 143
Dealing with the Union (and Negotiations)p. 145
Introductionp. 145
The Role of the Superintendent in Collective Bargainingp. 145
Hints for the Superintendent as Board Negotiatorp. 147
Working with the Union Outside Negotiationsp. 150
Grievances and Arbitrationsp. 151
Summaryp. 153
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 153
Referencesp. 154
The Superintendent as Public Relations Expertp. 155
Introductionp. 155
Dealing with School Patronsp. 155
Promoting Good Internal Relationsp. 159
Visitors to the Schoolp. 162
Parents and Community Members at Board Meetingsp. 163
Written Communications with the Publicp. 164
Interacting with the Communityp. 165
Summaryp. 166
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 167
Referencesp. 168
The Role of the Superintendent as Business Managerp. 169
Introductionp. 169
Your Role when You Are the Business Managerp. 169
Your Role when You Have a Business Managerp. 170
Duties of the Business Officep. 171
The Budgetp. 174
The Budgetary Processp. 175
Accounting for School Fundsp. 178
Purchasing Supplies and Equipmentp. 178
Maintenance of Buildings and Groundsp. 179
The Personnel Role in the Business Officep. 180
Insurance and Other Business Areasp. 182
Summaryp. 183
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 183
Referencesp. 185
The Father Flanagan Syndrome, or Tales People Have Told Mep. 187
Introductionp. 187
Good Listening Is Part of Administrationp. 187
Personal Crisesp. 189
Coping with Other People's Problemsp. 190
Dealing with That Which You Really Don't Knowp. 190
Dealing with the Little Things in Lifep. 191
Summaryp. 191
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 192
Dealing with Spouse and Family: One Superintendent's Viewpointp. 195
Introductionp. 195
From the Superintendent's Point of Viewp. 195
My Wife Doesn't Understand Mep. 196
Find Other Superintendentsp. 196
The Buck Still Stops Herep. 197
Shielding the Childrenp. 198
Skinned and Roastedp. 199
Summaryp. 200
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 200
Dealing with Spouse and Family: From the Spouse's Point of Viewp. 203
Introductionp. 203
Helen M. Sharpp. 203
Discussion between Helen Sharp and Deborah Walterp. 211
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 215
Referencep. 217
Keeping Your Bags Packed--Psychologicallyp. 219
Introductionp. 219
Don't Take It Personallyp. 219
"Reasons" for Dismissalp. 221
Telltale Warning Signs of Imminent Dangerp. 222
Investing in Yourselfp. 225
Get a Job When You Have a Jobp. 227
The Health of the Superintendencyp. 228
Summaryp. 230
Discussion Questions for Studentsp. 230
Referencesp. 232
Afterwordp. 233
Any Similarity between My Job and Dad's Is Pure Coincidencep. 235
Site-Based Management: Practice, Not Theoryp. 241
Site-Based Management: A Practical Guidep. 247
The Health of the School Superintendencyp. 253
Indexp. 261
About the Authorsp. 265
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ISBN: 9781578861576
ISBN-10: 1578861578
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 266
Published: 1st October 2004
Publisher: ScarecrowEducation
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.81 x 15.14  x 2.06
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised

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