ERIC Number: ED355652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Images of Superintendents' Leadership for Learning.
Hord, Shirley M.
Reassessment of the role of the superintendent largely has been excluded from the educational reform movement of the 1980s. This paper contends that superintendents must utilize a new "leaderly" model of active instructional leadership in superintending to improve the education of students. The paper is a tool for those working to include revision of the superintendent's role in educational reform. The first section reviews the evolution of the superintendent's role and the emerging instructional-leadership function. Leadership and vision also are defined. Section 2 presents the superintendent's role from the perspective of school boards, researchers, the public, and superintendents themselves. Section 3 examines how superintendents shape the way staffs and schools function to reflect their visions for instruction and learning. The paper concludes in section 4 with consideration of the concerns and improvement processes superintendents encounter in providing leadership for school reform and improvement. Superintendents can give direction and purpose to the educational process and lead principals and teachers. (Contains 127 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: Support also received from the Meadows Foundation.