The Superintendent-Principal Relationship
- Cathie E. West
- Mary Lynne Derrington - University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Leadership & Management Development | Local Authorities | Staff Supervision/Evaluation/Retention
"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
"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 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 on how both superintendents and principals can create a truly collaborative model in their schools."
—Joanne Rooney, Codirector
Midwest Principals' Center
Build alliances of transformational leadership for your school and district!
Ideal for new or experienced school and district administrators, this book shows how to develop a strong superintendent-principal partnership. Written by a principal and a superintendent with decades of experience, this resource provides strategies for effective leadership, communication, and collaboration, and includes:
- Both the principal's and the superintendent's perspectives on issues such as performance expectations and characteristics of quality teams
- Critical experience- and research-based team components
- Stories from the field about successful principal-superintendent teams
- Reflective questions, summaries, and other tools to help readers apply the principles and strategies to their own practice
Use these practical and proven approaches to create a healthy school/district culture and promote mutually supportive professional relationships.
“This book has wonderful resources to help principals and superintendents build strong collaborative teams.”
“This thoughtful book on how superintendents and principals can collaborate as effective teams to form professional learning communities is cutting edge.”
“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.”
“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.”
"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."
"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.”
“While based on clearly described leadership theory, this book is filled with practical ways to improve teamwork in any school district."
“At last, a book that adds value by bringing principals and superintendents together in a new kind of partnership.”
Sample Materials & Chapters
Part I: Leadership Teaming & Chapter 1: The Superintendent's Perspective