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Women in the Superintendency : Discarded Leadership - Joyce A. Dana

Women in the Superintendency

Discarded Leadership

Paperback Published: 28th February 2006
ISBN: 9781578863754
Number Of Pages: 249

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The percentage of women in the superintendency remained stagnant over 80 years of the last century and has only increased slightly, to just fewer than 14% of the public school superintendents in the U.S. today. In other words, the glass ceiling still exists. The persistent reasons for lack of change are gender prejudice and gender structuring -- frequently referred to as sexism. The selection and promotion process for the school district CEO is conducted by school boards and search groups, the majority of whom are white men who tend to select other white men to carry on the heritage of the school superintendency. Why do these low numbers still exist and what can be done to promote change? These and other questions are addressed in Women in the Superintendency: Leadership Denied. This book presents the essential ethic for women's leadership, identifies the ideologies from which challenges to women's leadership emanate, provides case studies to illustrate gender prejudice and gender structuring, and finishes with ways for women to strengthen their leadership to reduce the 'discarding' effect. This book will be of interest to school leaders, boards of education, and superintendents as well as educational leadership preparatory programs and women's studies programs.

Dana and Bourisaw have written a wise and lively examination of women's experiences in school leadership. It is well-grounded in current research, revealing many vivid examples of the peculiar ways that school leadership and gender intersect and sometimes collide. Women in the Superintendency: Discarded Leadership has the potential to stimulate self-recognition and honest conversations among talented women educators. Ultimately, it may provoke them to demolish many of the barriers described - with eyes wide open. This book might scare those who wish school leadership to remain the nearly-exclusive province of men.--Jackie M. Blount, Ph.D., professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, Iowa State University

Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Social Justice: 100-Plus Years of Effortp. 1
Voter Equityp. 1
Workplace Equityp. 5
The Glass Ceilingp. 6
Social Justicep. 8
Case Study: Delayed Gratificationp. 9
Chapter Questionsp. 11
Challenges Faced by Women Superintendentsp. 13
Genderp. 14
Sexismp. 17
Discriminationp. 20
Gender Structuringp. 21
Quality Preparationp. 30
Access to Leadership Positionsp. 33
Case Study: She May Be Smart, But Can She Balance a Budget?p. 38
Chapter Questionsp. 40
Sociocultural, Political, and Religious Ideologiesp. 41
Sociocultural Ideologyp. 42
Observed Behavioral Regularitiesp. 43
Recognizing Group Normsp. 44
Identifying Espoused Valuesp. 45
Formal Philosophyp. 46
Identifying the "Rules of the Game"p. 47
Climatep. 49
Embedded Skillsp. 50
Mental Models and Shared Meaningsp. 51
Root Metaphorsp. 52
Political Ideologyp. 53
Religious Ideologyp. 61
Case Study: Religion and the Superintendentp. 65
Chapter Questionsp. 66
Power and Controlp. 67
Psychological Needs and Powerp. 68
Personal Challenges Undermine Access to Powerp. 71
Discarded Leadershipp. 74
Case Study: Winning Is Everythingp. 79
Chapter Questionsp. 81
Teaching and Leadershipp. 83
Who Teaches and Whyp. 83
Teacher Leadership Definedp. 86
Teacher Leadership Rolesp. 87
Women Teacher Leaders and Equityp. 89
Prepared for Successp. 92
Experienced in Failurep. 93
Pink Versus Bluep. 94
A Woman's Placep. 95
Classroom Confinesp. 96
Patriarchyp. 98
Teachers' View of Principalsp. 99
Creating Our Own Crisisp. 99
Succession Planning and the Absence of Womenp. 101
Case Study: A Moral Imperativep. 102
Chapter Questionsp. 104
Emerging Leadership Challengesp. 105
Aspiration Is Not the Issue; Opportunity Isp. 108
Aspiration Is Challenged by Lack of Opportunityp. 110
The Road Most Traveledp. 112
Men School Board Members and Superintendent Selectionp. 115
Conflict on the Jobp. 116
Men, Women, and Powerp. 116
Collaboration Meets Conflictp. 120
Who Goes There?p. 122
A Matter of Stylep. 123
Altruism and the Female Superintendentp. 125
Case Study: The Superintendent and the Search Consultantp. 127
Chapter Questionsp. 128
The Power of Negotiationp. 131
Doing What Doesn't Come Naturallyp. 134
Second-Class Citizensp. 134
The Art of Negotiationp. 137
Men, Women, and Negotiatingp. 138
Just Ask!p. 140
Destinies of Men and Women Following Dismissalp. 142
School Boards and Politicsp. 144
School Boards and Religionp. 144
Negotiating during Dismissalp. 146
Job Security No Morep. 147
Job Stressorsp. 148
Your Job Is Your New Best Friendp. 150
Superintendent Longevityp. 150
Public Cost of Discarded Leadershipp. 151
Case Study: They Gotcha!p. 152
Chapter Questionsp. 153
Dilemmas and Discarded Leadershipp. 155
Place Boundp. 156
Women's Nonsupport of Womenp. 160
Subordinates and "The Woman"p. 161
"The Woman" and School Board Membersp. 163
Women's Nonsupport: The Principalshipp. 166
Sexism and Sabotagep. 167
Leading Organizational Changep. 170
Power "With" or Power "Over": Another Dilemmap. 174
The Reason You're Hired Is the Reason You're Firedp. 176
Case Study: Women v. Women or the Tale of We All Losep. 179
Chapter Questionsp. 180
Needed Supportp. 181
Gaining Support for Your Goalsp. 182
Sponsorshipp. 185
Mentorsp. 188
Developing and Participating in Networksp. 195
Networking during the Superintendencyp. 202
Case Study: Sex and the Superintendent: A Woman's Challengep. 205
Chapter Questionsp. 206
So ... Are There Solutions? Lessons Learned?p. 207
Go Get It, Girl: Leadership Acquisitionp. 207
Self-Developmentp. 208
Personal Developmentp. 208
Preparatory Programsp. 211
Professional Experiencep. 213
How to Not Take Things Personallyp. 214
Sociocultural Checksp. 216
Building and Maintaining Support Systemsp. 218
Communication Savvyp. 220
Listeningp. 223
Speakingp. 226
Writingp. 228
Readingp. 229
Conflict Resolutionp. 230
A Few More Important Detailsp. 230
School Board-Superintendent Relationsp. 231
Strategic and Political Leadershipp. 234
Facing Dismissalp. 236
Maintaining a Leadership Positionp. 238
Bibliographyp. 239
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ISBN: 9781578863754
ISBN-10: 1578863759
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 249
Published: 28th February 2006
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.04  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.4