The Superintendent's Fieldbook: A Guide for Leaders of Learning

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Guidance for ever-changing challenges, success through improved effectiveness

Equip yourself to face the demands of a superintendent with this practical guide for new and veteran district leaders. Understanding leadership and budgets is only one piece of a pie that has grown to include privatization, performance-based teacher compensation, technology, and global comparisons like PISA. Based on research with 300 superintendents, this new edition is your touchstone for
practical advice on how to:

  • Survive on the job
  • Bargain like a pro
  • Work with your school board
  • Tackle the achievement gap
  • Explain to the public what's right with American schools
 

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Contents

ORIENTATION
1
LEADING YOUR SCHOOLS
25
COPING WITH GOVERNANCE CHALLENGES
69
LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT
105
ADDRESSING RACE AND CLASS
145
DEVELOPING YOUR PRINCIPALS
193
COLLABORATING WITH YOUR ALLIES
233
ENGAGING YOUR COMMUNITY
261
SO WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
299
APPENDICES
337
THE NATIONAL SUPERINTENDENTS ROUNDTABLE AND THE FORUM FOR THE AMERICAN SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
339
MEMBERS OF THE DANFORTH FORUM FOR THE AMERICAN SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
341
MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL SUPERINTENDENTS ROUNDTABLE
345
CONTRIBUTORS
351
INDEX
355
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About the author (2013)

James Harvey is the Executive Director of the National Superintendents Roundtable and a doctoral student at Seattle Unviersity. He is Senior Fellow at the Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington, and was a member of the Danforth Forum’s advisory board. Earlier he served in the Carter administration and on the staff of the Education and Labor Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. He helped write A Nation at Risk (1983) and, co-authored A Legacy of Learning with David Kearns, former CEO of the Xerox Corporation (Washington: Brookings Press, 2000).

Nelda Cambron-McCabe is a professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University, Ohio. She was an advisory board member and a coordinator of the Danforth Foundation Forum for the American School Superintendent. Her recent publications include co-author with McCarthy and Thomas, Public School Law: Teachers’ and Students’ Rights 5th ed., (Needham, MA.; Allyn & Bacon, 2004) and co-author with Senge, Lucas, Smith, Dutton, and Kleiner, Schools That Learn (New York: Doubleday, 2000).

Luvern L. Cunningham, Ed. D., University of Oregon, has served in administrative and teaching roles from K-12 through graduate school over more than four decades. A member of the Danforth Forum advisory board, his specialties are educational leadership, the school superintendency, educational governance, inter-institutional collaboration and inter-professional education and practice. He served in university professorships at Chicago, Minnesota and Ohio State and, for several years, as Dean of the College of Education, Ohio State University.

Robert H. Koff directed the Center for Advanced Learning at Washington University, St. Louis. He previously served as Senior Vice President of the Danforth Foundation, Dean of the School of Education, SUNY at Albany, and professor of education at Stanford University. He served on a number of state and national advisory bodies at the invitations of Governor Mario Cuomo and President Carter and provided editorial advice to journals such as the Journal of Educational Psychology.

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