So Now You're the Superintendent!

So Now You're the Superintendent!

by John F. Eller, Howard C. Carlson

ISBN-10: 1412941725

ISBN-13: 9781412941723

Pub. Date: 11/19/2008

Publisher: SAGE Publications

The opportunities and responsibilities in the crucial first years of a superintendency can be challenging as well as exciting. This practical resource provides ready-to-use techniques that help superintendents build the relationships and teamwork needed to face these challenges with success.  See more details below


The opportunities and responsibilities in the crucial first years of a superintendency can be challenging as well as exciting. This practical resource provides ready-to-use techniques that help superintendents build the relationships and teamwork needed to face these challenges with success.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

About the Authors xv

1 My Office Key Works, What's Next? 1

About This Chapter 2

The Superintendency: Understanding the Historical Context 3

Potential Pitfalls for New Superintendents 7

Challenges of Leading a School District 9

The Importance of Focusing on the "Big Picture" 9

Jockeying for Position 13

The Windowpane Model: A Tool for Analyzing and Understanding Constituent Perspectives 14

The Superintendent as Community Liaison 18

Develop a Key Communicators List 19

The Changing Role of the Superintendency 21

Navigating the Changing Landscape 22

Successful School Change 23

Hills to "Die On" 23

Successful Communicator 26

Summary 29

2 The Superintendent-School Board Relationship: A Cornerstone of Your Success 31

About This Chapter 32

Managing the Superintendent-Board Relationship 32

The Importance of Equal Treatment 33

The "Inner Circle" 34

Addressing Individual Board Member Requests 34

When Is Equal Treatment Unequal? 36

Superintendent-Board Chair/President Interaction 37

Establishing Superintendent-Board Chair/President Interaction Norms 38

Keeping the Chair/President Relationship Productive 39

The Basics of Board Communication 40

Successful Communication: Form and Frequency 45

Forms of Communication 45

A Special Note About E-Mail Communication 45

Frequency of Communication 48

Establishing Effective Superintendent-Board Chair/President Communication 48

Emergency Communication Standards 50

Maintenance of Your Communication Plan With the Board 52

Board Standards and Operating Protocols 52

Who Has Authority for What: The Board and Superintendent as a Team56

Summary 57

3 Organizational Trust and Culture: What Every Superintendent Should Know 59

About This Chapter 60

Organizational Culture 60

Rapport, Trust, Climate, and Their Relation to Culture 63

The Importance of Trust 63

Building and Sustaining Organizational Trust 65

Organizational Culture: The Gatekeeper of Excellence 68

Properties of School Districts as Organizations 69

The Complexity of Organizations 69

Organizations Are Surprising 70

Organizations Are Deceptive 70

Organizations Are Like Organisms 71

Trust and Excellence in Employee Group/Union Relationships 72

Summary 74

4 School Finance 101: What Should the Superintendent Know? 75

About This Chapter 76

Staying Afloat: Four Key Financial Reports 76

Enrollment Reports 77

Monthly Enrollment Reports 77

Annual Enrollment Projections 80

Expenditure Reports 81

Key Components and Their Location in the Budget Report 82

Current Budget 82

Current Month's Expenditures 83

Previous Year's Budget Data 83

Amount of Money Left in the Current Budget 83

Revenue Reports 84

Staffing Plans/Position Control Systems 85

Long-Range Financial Projection: Your Own Crystal Ball 86

The Importance of Long-Range Projection 86

Understanding the School District's Financial Audit 87

Summary 91

5 How to Implement New Ideas in Your Initial Years as Superintendent 93

About This Chapter 94

The Change Process 96

The Honeymoon Period 97

Transitions and the Change Process 99

Levers of Change 99

Frames of Reference Related to the Change Process 105

Strategies to Consider When Dealing With Resistance 108

Facilitating/Guiding Groups Through Change 108

Putting It Behind Us 108

Learning Walk 109

Implementation Blocking 110

Summary 111

6 Supervising Principals and Directors: Strategies for Success 113

About This Chapter 113

Supervision of Executive-Level Administrators and Principals 114

Getting the Most From Your Staff Members 120

Supervision Strategies for Directors and Department/Divisional Administrators 121

Evaluating Department Heads, Assistant Superintendents, and Directors 125

Goal Setting 129

Summary 132

7 What About the Students? Instructional Leadership and Dealing With Federal Programs 133

About This Chapter 133

Instructional Leadership 134

No Child Left Behind Act 139

Special Education 141

Summary 143

8 Dealing With Difficult People and Situations 145

About This Chapter 145

What's Behind All of This Negative Behavior? 146

Frames of Reference 146

Negative Reinforcement 149

Understanding the Perspectives of Others 151

Types of Conflict 154

Substantive (Cognitive) Conflict 154

Affective (Personality-Based) Conflict 154

Skills for Dealing With Difficult People 155

Temporary Suspension of Opinion 155

Framing 158

Reflecting Skills 160

Implementation Blocking 161

Shifting Energy Focus 161

Design and Implement Positive Problem-Solving Processes 163

Mediating Conflict 164

Working Positively With the Press 164

Summary 166

9 Getting the Word Out: Effective Communication Strategies 169

About This Chapter 169

The Power of Effective Communication 170

Sticky Note Ripple Effects 174

Managing Information Flow in Your Office and in the District 181

Establishing a Board Communication Process 182

Superintendent to Board 183

Board to Community 187

Community to Board 187

Board to Superintendent 189

Handling Private and Public Data 190

Summary 191

10 It's July, Now What? 193

About This Chapter 193

The Importance of an Entry Plan: Successfully Navigating Your First Ninety Days on the Job 194

Opening Day With Staff 198

Selecting a Mentor 200

Key Components for Successful Mentor-Mentee Relationships 200

Sample Calendar of Monthly Events/Activities 203

Summary 207

Key Points From Each Chapter 209

References 215

Index 217

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