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Achieving Success for New and Aspiring Superintendents
A Practical Guide

First Edition


November 2010 | 328 pages | Corwin
The authors of this book wrote it for those aspiring to be superintendents, those new to the position and those completing their second or third year and who are looking to the future.

What makes their approach unique is the belief that talented people who aspire to be superintendents are far more likely to accomplish that goal and achieve success on the job if they understand the totality of the position. School districts are complex organizations. Providing effective leadership to these organizations requires mastery of a wide array of leadership and organizational skills. Aspiring superintendents with vision and motivation who understand the inherent challenges of the position have a great advantage over those who do not.

The book's goal is to provide readers with this advantage. This is why the book covers the full cycle of the first superintendent position: preparation, application and transition, the challenges of the first few years, and the decision to stay or move to another position. Aspiring and new superintendents who read the book will learn about the full range of skills and knowledge needed to succeed. They will be better prepared to be effective superintendents.

 
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgements
 
About the Authors
 
1. Becoming a Superintendent
Getting Ready

 
The Application Process

 
Interviews

 
Site Visits

 
The Final Step: Your Contract

 
Summary

 
 
2. Transitioning to Your New District
Managing Your Transition

 
Addressing Personal Issues

 
Summary

 
 
3. Getting Started: Organizing to Lead
Scheduling for Success

 
Other Responsibilities

 
Summary

 
 
4. Moving the District Forward
Decision Making

 
Mastering the Budget

 
Improving Teaching and Learning

 
Goal Setting and Evaluation

 
Summary

 
 
5. Completing Year One, Planning Year Two: A Continuous Cycle
Determining Your Legacy Goals

 
Planning the Final Six Months of the School Year

 
Summary

 
 
6. Working With a School Board
The Basics

 
Communicating With the Board

 
Board Meetings

 
Summary

 
 
7. Working With Employee Groups
Establish Relationships

 
An Overview of Collective Bargaining

 
Issues Influencing Collective Bargaining

 
Summary

 
 
8. Negotiating Agreements
Getting Started

 
Organizing Negotiations

 
At the Table

 
Settling Compensation

 
Ratification and Next Steps

 
Summary

 
 
9. Communicating: Enhanced Decisions
Communicating With Parents and the Public

 
Working With the Media

 
Communicating With Staff and Students

 
Final Considerations

 
Summary

 
 
10. Looking Ahead
The Challenges

 
Summary

 
Final Thoughts

 
 
Resources
 
Index

"'Achieving Success' is a vital resource to ensure success as a superintendent. My copy has become a workbook filled with highlights, notes and worn pages as I frequently refer to it for planning, board relations, goal setting, and negotiations. It is the one resource I refer to for practical guidance."

Bruce Burns, Superintendent
Moraga School District, Moraga, CA

"I read and used 'Achieving Success' before I became superintendent, during my first year as superintendent, and as I continue to serve as superintendent. It is the practical guide and resource for understanding the wide array of responsibilities and nuances of the job."

Bruce Burns, Superintendent
Moraga School District, Moraga, CA

"As an experienced superintendent for more than 20 years, I am frequently asked for advice. I am thrilled that this book is available, as it is the perfect gift for aspiring superintendents! It is written in an engaging style, which provides clear guidelines on how to apply for the position and how to succeed once selected.

Gail Anderson Uilkema, Retired Superintendent
Piedmont School District in California

"Mary Frances Callan and Bill Levinson have provided a great service to educators who aspire to become superintendents. Their book includes insightful information on how to become a superintendent and how to succeed in your first three years. This book is a must-read for superintendents interested in improving their leadership skills."

Jeff Harding, Superintendent
Healdsburg Unified School District, CA

"This book provides valuable information for aspiring and new superintendents. I wish this resource had been available when I was considering the superintendency."

Marie Blum, Superintendent
Canaseraga Central School District, NY

"As a second-year superintendent, I found this book to be extremely helpful. It validated and reinforced the work of my first year, offering clear signposts to keep me moving toward desired outcomes while avoiding the myraid landmines. The chapters on getting organized, planning, and working with school boards were especially poignant and useful."

Fred Brill, Superintendent and Instructor
University of California, Berkeley Principal Leadership Institute

"This is a great resource for aspiring and experienced superintendents. There are many practical ideas educational leaders can use immediately to become more effective."

Fred Mahary, Superintendent
Alta Community School District. LA

"Achieving Success reminds new and aspiring superintendents about the complexities of the job and affords concrete strategies to proactively address them—a nice overview to start with and reference to check in on over time."

Peter Dillon, Superintendent
Berkshire Hills Regional School District, Stockbridge, MA

"This is a practical guide for those at the beginning of superintendency, written by veteran superintendents who are, astute, introspective and reflective. I applaud these authors for sharing experiences, wisdom and special insights with anyone contemplating one of the toughest jobs in America."

Perry Berkowitz, Coordinator of Educational Leadership Programs
College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY

"The authors have created an excellent resource, providing an overview of the most critical aspects one will encounter during the first three years in the job. The book is a collection of practical ideas written in an engaging style."

George Manthey, Assistant Executive Director
ACSA Educational Services

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