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


Courses:
Superintendency

February 2008 | 176 pages | Corwin

"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

"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 made me immediately want to gather my 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

Maximize districtwide performance through realistic, standards-based practice!

Written by the past president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, this valuable resource examines the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that superintendents must develop to effectively manage change in today's schools.

Elaine L. Wilmore examines the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards—the new benchmarks established by NCATE and ISLLC for a highly effective superintendency—and shows how administrators can incorporate each standard into their global vision and everyday practice. Through case studies, problem-based learning, an assessment model, and reflective questions and activities, this reader-friendly handbook discusses ways for superintendents to:

  • Attain proficiency in each ELCC standard
  • Develop a positive district culture
  • Manage operations, resources, and community involvement

Superintendent Leadership is ideal for the development of future superintendents and the continuous professional learning of current administrators as leaders of 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
Key features
  • Elaine Wilmore is past president of the National Council of Professors of Educational Administration and is highly regarded for her significant work in the area of administrator development
  • This resource is an ideal companion to Wilmore's best-selling Principal Leadership
  • Includes case studies, assessment models, and a research-based listing of ways a superintendent may attain proficiency of each standard
  • Contains open-ended, problem-based questions applicable to individual study or group discussion

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