How does one become an effective superintendent of schools? There is no simple formula as the turnover rate reflects the difficulty of the position. Some maintain that the job cannot be done well due to politics, financial constraints, and time demands. Former superintendent Stephen Dlott rejects this negative view. In this highly readable, informative, and entertaining volume, he presents a positive perspective of what superintendents need to do to become successful. Here, he reflects on predicaments he has encountered and then analyzes the event in the context of similar situations that modern American Presidents have encountered. A combination of sensitivity and humor, this book offers practical solutions to the daily challenges that confront administrators. Surviving and Thriving as a Superintendent of Schools is a must read for practicing and aspiring superintendents and people who wish to understand the complexities of the position and the strategies needed to succeed.
Stephen Dlott takes advantage of his background as a history teacher by inventively and skillfully juxtaposing experiences of post-World War II presidents with his own during his superintendency. The parallels he draws are strikingly apt and successful... [his] humor, hurt, anger, sadness, and delight shine through. These are qualities with which any superintendent can identify all too well and they are qualities with which real learning is associated.--Roland Barth, nationally renowned educator, writer, and lecturer