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Leadership Teaming
The Superintendent-Principal Relationship



January 2009 | 152 pages | Corwin
Every superintendent wants a high performing school district, but orchestrating this accomplishment can be daunting. Responding effectively to this type of challenge requires that superintendents build a partnership with their school principals. Principals, in turn, face the same challenges and most learn quickly that their effectiveness is tied directly to their relationship with their superintendent.

This insightful resource shows superintendents and principals how to develop the communication and strong collaboration that are essential for mutually supportive professional relationships. The authors detail how secure relationships combined with a team approach can significantly strengthen an administrator's leadership performance.

In Leadership Teaming: The Superintendent-Principal Relationship, superintendents and principals will find research-supported concepts, novel strategies, and vivid examples that point the way towards productive, successful, and enduring professional relationships.

 
Preface
Superintendent's Perspective  
Principal's Perspective  
 
About Our Book
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Leadership Teaming
 
1.The Superintendent's Perspective: Characteristics of High-Quality Teams
Leadership Teams Work in Harmony  
Vision of a Leadership Team  
Develop an Affirmative Orientation  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
2. The Principal's Perspective: What Phenomenal Teams Look and Feel Like
Teamwork Defined  
The Right People  
The Right Work  
The Right Way  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
Part II. Leadership Qualities
 
3. The Superintendent's Perspective: What Superintendents Want in a Principal?
Competence  
Character  
A Caring Heart  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
4. The Principal's Perspective: Superintendents Principals Want to Work For
The Transformational Leader  
Emotionally Intelligent Leadership  
Superlative Superintendents  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
Part III. Leadership Team Essentials
 
5. The Superintendent's Perspective: The Importance of Trust in Communication
Message Madness  
The Importance of Trust  
Portraits of Trust  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
6. The Principal's Perspective: Communication Expectations and Relationships
Critical Attributes  
Principals' Perspectives  
Superintendents' Perspectives  
Expectation Development  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
Part IV. Leadership Learning
 
7. The Superintendent's Perspective: Cultivating Team Capacity
The Learning Team  
Applying the Professional Learning Community Concepts  
The Arlington Leadership Professional Learning Community  
Lessons Learned, Points to Ponder  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
8. The Principal's Perspective: Perfecting Principal Performance
Ensuring Success  
Perfecting Performance  
Principal Performance Impact  
Perfecting Superintendent Performance  
Take-Away Message  
Closing in on Key Concepts  
Extending Your Thinking  
 
Conclusion
Leadership Teaming Key Concepts  
 
Resources
Resource A: Code-Building Exercise 1  
Resource B: Code-Building Exercise 2  
Resource C: Code Review Activity  
Resource D: Principal Entry Plan  
Resource E: Principal Professional Goal Plan  
 
References
Suggested Readings  
 
Index

“This book has wonderful resources to help principals and superintendents build strong collaborative teams.”

Elaine McEwan, Educational Consultant
Author, Ten Traits of Highly Effective Schools

“This thoughtful book on how superintendents and principals can collaborate as effective teams to form professional learning communities is cutting edge.”

Margaret Grogan, Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership
University of Missouri, Columbia

“This book goes to the heart of the matter. It breaks new ground in its clarification of contemporary leadership literature and how both superintendents and principals can create a truly collaborative model in their schools.”

Joanne Rooney, Codirector
Midwest Principals’ Center

“As a former high school principal and school superintendent, I found myself wishing I had had access to a book like this when I began my administrative roles. The book provides ample resources based on contemporary research and literature and is filled with practical, field-based suggestions and activities that will assist school administrators in building cohesive, goal-oriented, successful teams.”

Marcus J. Haack, Clinical Associate Professor
University of Iowa

"The authors have been in the trenches, yet their book represents a hopeful message that schools can be high-performance organizations as well as healthy and supportive places for adults and students."

Susan Printy, Associate Professor of Educational Administration
Michigan State University

"Relationships are key, and this book beautifully provides the necessary highs and lows of positions, how they relate, and the successes of a productive relationship.”

Teresa P. Cunningham, Principal
Laurel Elementary School, Mountain City, TN

“While based on clearly described leadership theory, this book is filled with practical ways to improve teamwork in any school district."

William Bushaw, Executive Director
Phi Delta Kappa International

“At last, a book that adds value by bringing principals and superintendents together in a new kind of partnership.”

Thomas J. Sergiovanni, Lillian Radford Professor of Educational Leadership
Trinity University

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