ERIC Number: ED432796
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Changing Relationship between Principal and Superintendent: Shifting Roles in an Era of Educational Reform. New Directions for School Leadership.
Boris-Schacter, Sheryl, Ed.
New Directions for School Leadership, n10 Win 1998
This book examines how the shift toward school-based management affects the relationship between principals and superintendents. The 11 chapters were written by 5 pairs of superintendents and principals who were asked to reflect on these changes in education. The contributors were instructed not to focus on the particulars of an individual but to reflect on the relationship generically. The articles address a variety of issues: "Learning and Communication as the Linchpins for the Superintendent-Principal Relationship" (Sheryl Boris-Schacter); "Building Bedrock: The Superintendent and the Principal as Mutual Learners" (Meredith Howe Jones); "Superintendents: Principals' Teachers?" (Paul A. Naso); "Better Decisions Without the Surprises: Communication as the Key to the Principal-Superintendent Relationship" (Lonnie Yingst); "A Principal's Perspective on Administrative Relationships" (Mike Schwinden); "Seven Factors Affecting the Relationship Between Superintendents and Principals" (Joseph A. Shivers); "Friends and Colleagues: A Response to the Factors Suggested by Joseph A. Shivers Affecting the Relationship Between a Superintendent and a Principal" (Joe Rottenborn); "Crossing Boundaries: Principals and Superintendents Assume Multiple Roles and Collaborate in a Climate of Creative Tension" (Lynn F. Stuart); "Taking Turns at Teaching and Learning: The Superintendent-Principal Partnership" (Bobbie D'Alessandro); "The Superintendent and the Principal: Partners in the 'Greatest Show on Earth'" (Lisa Devlin Bjork); and "Button Down the Mainsail" (Greg Willis). Two dominant themes that emerged from the essays were the importance of mutual learning and the centrality of communication. (Contains an index.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Leadership, Interpersonal Communication, Principals, School Administration, School Based Management, Superintendents
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
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Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA. International Network of Principals' Centers.