Keepers of the Flame: Contemporary Urban Superintendents

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Overview

A wealth of qualitative data concerning urban districts and their school superintendents in the United States is contained in this book. Theodore J Kowalski examines the lives of 17 urban school superintendents focusing on their problems and aspirations. Of particular significance is the discussion of how factors such as community environment, organizational change and culture, and the person in the job combine to influence decision-making and administrative behaviour.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803962187
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 2/1/1995
  • Series: Superintendents Series
  • Pages: 208

Meet the Author

Theodore J. Kowalski, Ph.D., is a former public school teacher, principal, associate superintendent, and superintendent. He has taught at Purdue University and served as professor and director of doctoral programs in educational administration at Saint Louis University. From 1981 to 2000, he was employed at Ball State University, where he was dean of the Teachers College. In 2000, he became the Kuntz Family Endowed Chair in Educational Administration at the University Dayton.

Professor Kowalski is the author of over 180 professional publications, including 27 books. He is the editor of the Journal of School Public Relations, serves on the editorial boards Educational Administration Quarterly and the AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice, and was editor of the 2001 Yearbook of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration. In 2011, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Administrators for his research and books on school administration. He has extensive experience as a planning consultant, speaker, and workshop facilitator. In addition to the superintendency, his primary research interests include organizational behavior, school public relations, and decision theory.

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Table of Contents

People in the Job Today
How the Job Evolved
A Look at Job Conditions
School Boards
Partners or Adversaries?
Politics
The Center of Activity
Decision-Making Influences
Problems Seen by Superintendents
Work Lives of Urban Superintendents
Rewards and Frustrations
Career
Effects on Personal Life and Commitment to the Job
Thoughts on School Reform and Busing
The Present and Future
Challenges Ahead

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