1st Edition

Developing the Organizational Culture of the Central Office Collaboration, Connectivity, and Coherence

    266 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    266 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Central office resources are one of the largest assets in making meaningful change in schools, and this important book guides aspiring district leaders to take up the challenge to transform their schools, while at the same time balancing their core responsibilities. This book helps readers rethink the impact of central office on system and school initiatives, understand and apply transformational thinking, and change strategies at the central office to develop new instructional designs, create new opportunities to prioritize human and fiscal resources, and establish new leadership approaches founded on systems review and change. Full of exemplars from the field, questions for discussion, and suggested readings, this valuable textbook is for use in educational leadership preparation programs.

    Part I: The Foundations of Central Office Leadership  1. The Context for Leading Systems  2. Central Office System Coherence  3. The Pivotal Role of the Superintendent  4. The Configuration of the Central Office  5. Central Office Transformation  6. System-wide Leadership for Equity and Social Justice  Part II: The Work, Roles, and Functions of the District Office Divisions  7. Teaching and Learning  8. Student Support Services  9. Financial Services  10. Human Resources  11. District Operations  12. Communications and Public Relations  13. Concluding Thoughts for System Leaders


    Sally J. Zepeda is Professor of Educational Administration and Policy at the University of Georgia, USA.

    Mary Lynne Derrington is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Tennessee, USA.

    Philip D. Lanoue is an Education Consultant for Leader Development, PDL Consultants and a former superintendent. In 2015 he received the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Superintendent of the Year award.

    "Readers will gain insight into challenges presented by district size and organizational structures as well as how to achieve coher>ence by being intentional about collabora>tion. Every chapter takes the reader on a journey by sharing stories from the lens of the superintendent."
    -Lynmara Colón, School Administrator