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ERIC Number: ED456522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 183
Abstractor: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-8039-6896-5
Accessing the Superintendency: The Unwritten Rules.
Tallerico, Marilyn
Pursuing and obtaining a superintendency is more complicated than any other educational employment process. School board members are intensely involved. Outside search consultants serve as power brokers. Long-standing biases are often built into the process. This book demonstrates how to navigate this challenging terrain by providing an "insider's" view of how superintendents are found, selected, and viewed. Findings are based on a comprehensive literature review; an in-depth study of superintendent search and selection practices in New York State; and interviews with 25 school board members, 25 search consultants, and 25 recent candidates. There are systemic regularities to search-and-selection processes that can be brought to light and demystified. A number of sociocultural biases and other unwritten rules present unique challenges for women and others who are unlike most incumbent, white, male superintendents. Understanding how search-and-selection processes operate, including the stated and unstated norms at play, can help candidates to successfully access the superintendency. Insider information is important for those historically marginalized from the most influential networks (for example, females) and those who may not share the same cultural background as majority incumbents (for example, people of color). The book concludes by recapping major themes and challenging current and future administrators to play a role in improving selection practices. An appendix explains the research methods used to obtain information. (Contains an index and 145 references.) (RT)
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Rd., Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paperback: ISBN-0-8039-6896-5, $24.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-8039-6895-7, $55.95). Tel: 805-499-9734; Fax: 800-4-1-SCHOOL; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.