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Leadership Teaming
The Superintendent-Principal Relationship



November 2008 | 152 pages | Corwin
Every superintendent wants a high performing school district, but orchestrating this accomplishment can be daunting. Responding effectively to this type of challenge requires that superintendents build a partnership with their school principals. Principals, in turn, face the same challenges and most learn quickly that their effectiveness is tied directly to their relationship with their superintendent.

This insightful resource shows superintendents and principals how to develop the communication and strong collaboration that are essential for mutually supportive professional relationships. The authors detail how secure relationships combined with a team approach can significantly strengthen an administrator's leadership performance.

In Leadership Teaming: The Superintendent-Principal Relationship, superintendents and principals will find research-supported concepts, novel strategies, and vivid examples that point the way towards productive, successful, and enduring professional relationships.


 
Preface
Superintendent's Perspective

 
Principal's Perspective

 
 
About Our Book
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Leadership Teaming
 
1.The Superintendent's Perspective: Characteristics of High-Quality Teams
Leadership Teams Work in Harmony

 
Vision of a Leadership Team

 
Develop an Affirmative Orientation

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
2. The Principal's Perspective: What Phenomenal Teams Look and Feel Like
Teamwork Defined

 
The Right People

 
The Right Work

 
The Right Way

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
Part II. Leadership Qualities
 
3. The Superintendent's Perspective: What Superintendents Want in a Principal?
Competence

 
Character

 
A Caring Heart

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
4. The Principal's Perspective: Superintendents Principals Want to Work For
The Transformational Leader

 
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership

 
Superlative Superintendents

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
Part III. Leadership Team Essentials
 
5. The Superintendent's Perspective: The Importance of Trust in Communication
Message Madness

 
The Importance of Trust

 
Portraits of Trust

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
6. The Principal's Perspective: Communication Expectations and Relationships
Critical Attributes

 
Principals' Perspectives

 
Superintendents' Perspectives

 
Expectation Development

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
Part IV. Leadership Learning
 
7. The Superintendent's Perspective: Cultivating Team Capacity
The Learning Team

 
Applying the Professional Learning Community Concepts

 
The Arlington Leadership Professional Learning Community

 
Lessons Learned, Points to Ponder

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
8. The Principal's Perspective: Perfecting Principal Performance
Ensuring Success

 
Perfecting Performance

 
Principal Performance Impact

 
Perfecting Superintendent Performance

 
Take-Away Message

 
Closing in on Key Concepts

 
Extending Your Thinking

 
 
Conclusion
Leadership Teaming Key Concepts

 
 
Resources
Resource A: Code-Building Exercise 1

 
Resource B: Code-Building Exercise 2

 
Resource C: Code Review Activity

 
Resource D: Principal Entry Plan

 
Resource E: Principal Professional Goal Plan

 
 
References
Suggested Readings

 
 
Index

“This book has wonderful resources to help principals and superintendents build strong collaborative teams.”

Elaine McEwan, Educational Consultant
Author, Ten Traits of Highly Effective Schools

“This thoughtful book on how superintendents and principals can collaborate as effective teams to form professional learning communities is cutting edge.”

Margaret Grogan, Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership
University of Missouri, Columbia

“This book goes to the heart of the matter. It breaks new ground in its clarification of contemporary leadership literature and how both superintendents and principals can create a truly collaborative model in their schools.”

Joanne Rooney, Codirector
Midwest Principals’ Center

“As a former high school principal and school superintendent, I found myself wishing I had had access to a book like this when I began my administrative roles. The book provides ample resources based on contemporary research and literature and is filled with practical, field-based suggestions and activities that will assist school administrators in building cohesive, goal-oriented, successful teams.”

Marcus J. Haack, Clinical Associate Professor
University of Iowa

"The authors have been in the trenches, yet their book represents a hopeful message that schools can be high-performance organizations as well as healthy and supportive places for adults and students."

Susan Printy, Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Michigan State University

"Relationships are key, and this book beautifully provides the necessary highs and lows of positions, how they relate, and the successes of a productive relationship.”

Teresa P. Cunningham, Principal
Laurel Elementary School, Mountain City, TN

“While based on clearly described leadership theory, this book is filled with practical ways to improve teamwork in any school district."

William Bushaw, Executive Director
Phi Delta Kappa International

“At last, a book that adds value by bringing principals and superintendents together in a new kind of partnership.”

Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Lillian Radford Professor of Educational Leadership
Trinity University
Key features
  • Cathie E. West has been a principal for 30 years
  • Mary Lynne Derrington has been a superintendent for 18 years
  • This book discusses critical leadership themes, each from the perspective of the superintendent and the principal
  • The book contains:
    • An "Extending Your Thinking" section in each chapter which offers practical applications for the content of the chapter
    • A "Closing In on Key Concepts" that presents a content summary within each chapter
    • A resource section that includes a principal entry plan and principal professional goal plan

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