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The Contemporary Superintendent

The Contemporary Superintendent
Preparation, Practice, and Development

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September 2005 | 304 pages | Corwin
Primarily focusing on the role of the superintendent in US school districts, this book also offers a coherent guide to critical professional aspects such as preparation for supervisory roles and staff development.

Featuring the research of educational leadership specialists, it includes an array of useful, hands-on strategies for aspiring and existing leaders, as well as ideas for educational administration, leadership professional development, and educational policy.

About the Editors
About the Contributors
1. Evolution of the School District Superintendent Position by Theodore J. Kowalski
2. Characteristics of American School Superintendents by Lars G. Björk, Thomas E. Glass, and C. Cryss Brunner
3. National Education Reform Reports: Implications for Professional Preparation and Development by Lars G. Björk, Theodore J. Kowalski, and Michelle D. Young
4. Learning Theory and Research: A Framework for Changing Superintendent Preparation and Development by Lars G. Björk, Theodore J. Kowalski, and Tricia Browne-Ferrigno
5. The Superintendent as Instructional Leader: Current Practice, Future Conceptualizations, and Implications for Preparation by George J. Petersen and Bruce G. Barnett
6. Superintendent as Organizational Manager by Tricia Browne-Ferrigno and Thomas E. Glass
7. Superintendent as Educational Statesman and Political Strategist by Lars G. Björk and D. Keith Gurley
8. Reconceptualizing the Superintendency: Superintendents as Applied Social Scientists and Social Activists by Bonnie C. Fusarelli and Lance D. Fusarelli
9. Preparing Superintendents to Be Effective Communicators by Theodore J. Kowalski and John L. Keedy
10. Women Superintendents and Role Conception: (Un)Troubling the Norms by Margaret Grogan and C. Cryss Brunner
11. Superintendents of Color: Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Diversity and Implications for Professional Preparation and Practice by Juanita Cleaver Simmons

"Bjork and Kowalski have assembled a dozen contributors in this coherent guide that examines critical aspects of professional preparation, licensing and continuing development and the evolution of the role of the superintendent. If, as the editors state, a primary objective of the book is to "enlighten decisions that affect the preparation and licensing of school superintendents," that goal is realized and exceeded."

The School Administrator
January 2006

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