The School Superintendent: Theory, Practice, and Cases is the essential guide to succeeding as a superintendent or as an administrator in another district-level position. Comprehensive in both theory and practice, this textbook and reference guide examines the role and responsibilities of school district administration in professional, social, philosophical, and political frames, while balancing perspectives of rewards and challenges commonly expressed by school superintendents. Important topics covered include the emerging role of superintendent as communicator, the changing conditions in districts and schools, inadequate funding for public schools, and the treatment of policy administration, leadership roles, and community involvement.
Fully updated, the Third Edition provides: greater emphasis on the challenges facing novice superintendents; new material on strategic planning and visioning; new and expanded coverage of contemporary issues such as inadequate district funding and social challenges; additional figures, tables, key terms, and other helpful learning tools; and more.
"The School Superintendent contains the information needed to understand the history, responsibilities, and rewards of the position. School Boards should read it for a better understanding of the scope of the position. "
"This is the best textbook for aspiring school superintendents. It presents material that is relevant to the position and adds reality via the case studies at the end of each chapter. "
Albert F. Inserra
"The School Superintendent is well organized and thought provoking. Kowalski provides a comprehensive overview of the superintendent’s role and its complexities in the current climate of reform. "
James C. Christman
"Well written and with insightful perspectives to the Superintendency...The quality and content is exceptional. Kowalski has a unique way of presenting information from a historical perspective but with contemporary applications. "
John A. Kaufhold
"This promises to be an excellent text for preparing school superintendents. I will use it in my classes. "
Ralph A. Waltman
"The School Superintendent uses outstanding case studies and excellent conceptual context that will enable aspiring superintendents to stretch and use higher level thought processes. The book also provides an excellent bridge from the theoretical to a practical application for those wishing to obtain the position of superintendent. "
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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.
PART I: THE POSITION: ROLES AND CONTEXT
1. Defining Practice
2. Society and Schools
PART II: SCHOOL DISTRICTS: STRUCTURE AND AUTHORITY
3. School Districts as Organizations
4. School Boards
5. Superintendent and School Board Relationships
6. School District Policy
PART III: SUPERINTENDENT LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES
7. Providing Leadership at the District Level
8. Community Leadership
9. Material Resources Management
10. Human Resources Management
PART IV: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVES
11. Contemporary Challenges
12. Personal Dispositions and Practice
13. Seeking the Position
About the Author