ERIC Number: ED385958
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Synopsis of "The First-Year Superintendency: An Across-Case Analysis," and Don Drake: Culture-Builder and Change Agent (One of Four Cases in the Above Study.
Keedy, John L.
This paper presents findings of a case study of 4 first-year superintendents, which comprised part of a national study of 18 superintendents conducted from 1992-94. Data were collected from interviews, observation, and document analysis. All four superintendents had agendas focused on improving services for children. Three superintendents with the right fit to district context had clear, personal theories of practice, which provided predictable actions. The strategies used by one superintendent to implement his school vision are described in detail--how he supported and modeled collaborative interaction patterns with teachers and principals, and educated the public. Factors for his success included his central-office experience, facilitative leadership style, a commitment to personal intellectual and professional development, and a shift from a unilateral structure-setting agenda to a consideration of structure, curriculum, and student work. Appendices contain a memo from the superintendent to school staff. (Contains 17 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 18-22, 1995).