Moving into the Superintendency: How to Succeed in Making the Transition by Thomas KerstenMoving into the Superintendency: How to Succeed in Making the Transition by Thomas Kersten

Moving into the Superintendency: How to Succeed in Making the Transition

byThomas Kersten

Paperback | May 24, 2012

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Too often, new superintendents-even if they have succeeded in other administrative positions-can undermine their successes by making critical novice mistakes, such as failing to recognize political stumbling blocks or unintentionally inviting school board member micromanagement. Moving into the Superintendency: How to Succeed in Making the Transition provides novice superintendents with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in their new roles. Thomas Kersten, a highly experienced school administrator with eleven years of superintendent experience, shares the most practical and useful strategies that will help new superintendents optimize their early successes. Guiding beginning superintendents throughout their telling first year, Kersten's professional advice will shorten the office's initial learning curve, guarantee a smooth transition into this role, and set a foundation of professional skills upon which superintendents will build their careers.
Thomas A. Kersten is associate professor emeritus in educational leadership at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Schaumburg, Illinois. He has served as an Illinois school administrator for twenty-eight years in the roles of assistant principal, elementary school principal, middle school principal, assistant superintendent, and superi...
Title:Moving into the Superintendency: How to Succeed in Making the TransitionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:132 pages, 8.93 × 6.03 × 0.38 inPublished:May 24, 2012Publisher:R&L EducationLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610484363

ISBN - 13:9781610484367

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Table of Contents

ForewordPreface: Making the Decision to Seek the SuperintendencyAcknowledgments 1 Assessing Your Fit for the Superintendency 2 Looking Before You Leap 3 Getting Off to a Successful Start 4 Establishing Your Leadership 5 Working Effectively with the School Board 6 Establishing Relationships Within the School District 7 Building Relationships Outside the School District 8 Making Personnel Selection and Evaluation Top Priorities 9 Avoiding the Most Critical Leadership Mistakes 10 Managing School District Financial Resources 11 Working Smarter, Not HarderClosing ThoughtsReferencesAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

Kersten's book is really a manual. Its well-conceived structure aids in usability, with each chapter presenting a specific introduction to a topic, such as how to work effectively with school boards, followed by several strategies to accomplish this. The author focuses on building relationships inside and outside the system and managing fiscal resources.Moving into the Superintendency concisely addresses the perils and pitfalls of the chief school executive in the view of a practitioner who combines research and practice as guidance to aspirants to the top role in our profession.