Effective School District Leadership: Transforming Politics into Education

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Kenneth A. Leithwood
SUNY Press, 1995 - Education - 352 pages
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School districts in both Canada and the United States provide the sites for this research. Many of these districts were in the midst of reform or restructuring initiatives and these initiatives became an important context within which to understand the work of district leaders. The authors describe how effective superintendents work with their immediate staffs, elected trustees, and school-based administrators. Each chapter examines the meaning of effective district leadership from different perspectives. Common to almost all of the chapters is an appreciation of the exquisitely political nature of the superintendent s work. Contributors to the volume include Edward A. Holdaway and Anthony Genge; Derek J. Allison, Patricia A. Allison, and Helen A. McHenry; Kenneth Leithwood and Roseanne Steinbach; Frances Wills and Kent Peterson; Joseph Murphy; Richard G. Townsend; Donald Musella; Mark Holmes; Stephen B. Lawton, Joyce Scane, and Shihui Wang; and Kenneth Leithwood."

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Introduction Transforming Politics into Education
How Effective Superintendents Understand Their Own Work
Chiefs and Chairs Working Relationships between Effective CEOs and Board of Education Chairpersons
Prospects for Organizational Learning in Expertly Managed Group Problem Solving
Superintendents Management of StateInitiated Reform A Matter of Interpretation
Restructuring in Kentucky The Changing Role of the Superintendent and the District Office
How a Few Politicians and Managers of Education Find Policy Success and Happiness Part I
Plucking Billiard Balls Out of Thin Air or How a Few Politicians and Managers of Education Hustle Policy Part II
How CEOs Influence School System Culture
Educated Dissent Implications of Policy Disagreement for Educational Leadership
Toward Improving the Structures for School System Leadership
Toward a More Comprehensive Appreciation of Effective School District Leadership
Subject Index
Name Index

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Kenneth Leithwood is Professor, Educational Administration and Head, Centre for Leadership Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

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