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.
Table of Contents
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 Derringtonis 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.