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Superintendent Leadership
Applying the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards for Improved District Performance


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Leadership | Local Authorities

February 2008 | 176 pages | Corwin
Designed to nurture future school leaders and promote the professional development of existing managers, this insightful and reader-friendly handbook is based on leadership/management theory and ties the new standards to research-based, practical applications for members of the school management team and others interested in school leadership within the learning community.
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
1. The Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards as Tools for Improved District Performance
Superintendent Concerns Generated by a Changing Society

 
What Skills Should a Twenty-First-Century Superintendent Possess?

 
Knowledge

 
Skills

 
Dispositions

 
History and Development of the Educational Leadership Constituent Council Standards

 
What Are the ELCC Standards?

 
Creating the Connection Between the ELCC Standards and Realistic Practice

 
The Role of the Superintendent in a Changing Democratic Society

 
 
2. It's All About the Vision
Standard 1

 
Introduction

 
Philosophical Framework

 
Developing a District Vision

 
Articulating the District Vision

 
Implementing the District Vision

 
Being a Good Steward of the District Vision

 
Promoting Community Involvement in the District Vision

 
Problem-Based Learning

 
Developing and Articulating a District Vision: Where Are We Going to Put So Many New Students?

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Implementing and Being a Good Steward of the District Vision: Let's Try This One More Time

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Promoting Community Involvement in the District Vision: But...We Used to Win All the Time! What's Going On?

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Assessment Model

 
Ways for You to Do It

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
3. Advocating, Nurturing, and Sustaining Enhanced Student Learning and Staff Professional Growth
Standard 2

 
Introduction

 
Philosophical Framework

 
Promoting A Positive District Culture

 
Providing an Effective Instructional Program

 
Applying Best Practices to Student Learning

 
Designing Comprehensive Professional Growth Plans

 
Problem-Based Learning

 
Promoting a Postive District Culture: Hello! I'm New Here!

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Providing an Effective Instructional Program: But We're Doing the Best That We Can!

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Applying Best Practices to Student Learning: Addressing the Dropout Problem in an Urban District

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Designing Comprehensive Professional Growth Plans: The Sowell-Watson CSD University

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Assessment Model

 
Ways for You to Do It

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
4. Leadership Through Management of District Organization, Operations, and Resources
Standard 3

 
Introduction

 
Philosophical Framework

 
Managing the Organization of the District

 
Managing District Operations

 
Managing District Resources

 
Problem-Based Learning

 
Managing the Organization of the District: A Winding Road in an Urban Area

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Managing District Operations: Baby, It's Raining Outside!

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Managing District Resources: Lord, Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Assessment Model

 
Ways for You to Do It

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
5. Creating a Collaborative Learning Community
Standard 4

 
Introduction

 
Philosophical Framework

 
Collaborating with Families and Other Community Members

 
Responding to Community Interests and Needs

 
Mobilizing Community Resources

 
Problem-Based Learning

 
Collaborating with Families and Other Community Members: The Answer's Not Blowing in the Wind

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Responding to Community Interests and Needs: The Faint of Heart Need Not Apply

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Mobilizing Community Resources: Jimmy Cracked Corn, and We Do Care

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Assessment Model

 
Ways for You to Do It

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
6. The Ethical District Leader
Standard 5

 
Introduction

 
Philosophical Framework

 
Acts With Integrity

 
Acts Fairly

 
Acts Ethically

 
Problem-Based Learning

 
Acts With Integrity: Please Don't Slay the Messenger

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Acts Fairly: Why Is This Happening to Me? What Did I Do Wrong?

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Acts Ethically: Is Equal Always Ethical? Or Is Ethical Always Equal?

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Assessment Model

 
Ways for You to Do It

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
7. District and School Community Politics
Standard 6

 
Introduction

 
Philosophical Framework

 
Understanding the Larger Context

 
Responding to the Larger Context

 
Influencing the Larger Context

 
Problem-Based Learning

 
Understanding the Larger Context: It's What's Inside That Counts, or Beauty is Only Skin Deep

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Responding to the Larger Context: Change for the Sake of Change, or Too Much Change Too Fast?

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Influencing the Larger Context: Let's Define Justice

 
Reflective Practice: Pause and Think

 
Assessment Model

 
Ways for You to Do It

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
8. The Superintendent Internship
Standard 7

 
Introduction

 
Substantial

 
Sustained

 
Standards-Based

 
Domain I - Leadership of the Educational Community

 
Domain II - Instructional Leadership

 
Domain III - Administrative Leadership

 
Real Settings

 
Planned and Guided Cooperatively

 
Graduate Credit

 
Assessment Model

 
Conclusions

 
The Ultimate Application

 
 
9. It's Up to You
Final Applications

 
Recommendations

 
Go Forth, and Do Well!

 
 
Suggested Additional Reading
 
References
 
Index

"The ELCC standards are important and should be studied by aspiring administrators. This book examines each standard, discusses its application in the workforce, and offers practical suggestions for implementation."

Randel Beaver, Superintendent
Archer City ISD, TX

"Clearly written and targeted to meet the needs of superintendents or those aspiring to the position. The stories, vignettes, and reflective exercises for the reader are major strengths."

Dan Lawson, Superintendent
Tullahoma City Schools, TN

"Necessary reading for the training and practice of school superintendents. The reflection, context, and application sections of each chapter assist the reader in moving from a mere intellectual agreement with the author to the implementation of the standards and ideas."

Janie P. Edmonds, Superintendent
Mendham Borough Schools, NJ

"This is the first professional book that I have found 'exciting' to read in a long time—I really couldn’t put it down! It was insightful and made me immediately want to gather my educational leadership team together to devise our own plan. A terrific discussion starter, as well as a step-by-step plan for implementing and assessing new programs."

Marie Blum, Superintendent
Canaseraga Central School District, NY

"The reflective practice segments are by far the most valuable parts of the book, because they force the reader to decide how he or she would solve the problems presented."

Robert A. Frick, Superintendent
Lampeter-Strasburg School District, PA

“Tells superintendents how to apply the ELCC standards for improved districtwide performance. Written by the past president of NCPEA, this book examines the foundations of these benchmarks, their practice and applications, and uses case study examples from real-world models to address issues of district culture, community involvement, and more.”

The Bookwatch, May 2008
Midwest Book Review

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