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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Contents

Introduction Transforming Politics into Education
1
How Effective Superintendents Understand Their Own Work
13
Chiefs and Chairs Working Relationships between Effective CEOs and Board of Education Chairpersons
33
Prospects for Organizational Learning in Expertly Managed Group Problem Solving
51
Superintendents Management of StateInitiated Reform A Matter of Interpretation
85
Restructuring in Kentucky The Changing Role of the Superintendent and the District Office
117
How a Few Politicians and Managers of Education Find Policy Success and Happiness Part I
135
Plucking Billiard Balls Out of Thin Air or How a Few Politicians and Managers of Education Hustle Policy Part II
183
How CEOs Influence School System Culture
223
Educated Dissent Implications of Policy Disagreement for Educational Leadership
245
Toward Improving the Structures for School System Leadership
281
Toward a More Comprehensive Appreciation of Effective School District Leadership
315
Subject Index
341
Name Index
349
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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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