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Women Leading School Systems: Uncommon Roads to Fulfillment


reviewed by Linda Skrla September 25, 2007

coverTitle: Women Leading School Systems: Uncommon Roads to Fulfillment
Author(s): C. Cryss Brunner and Margaret Grogan
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 1578865336, Pages: 170, Year: 2007
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“The job will probably never change—we need to prepare better for it.  When we survive, we need to help others so they can get a frame of reference for what is ‘normal.’  As I learn, I am committed to helping others along their way” (p. 136). These words from a participant in C. Cryss Brunner and Margaret Grogan’s 2003 survey of women superintendents and female assistant/associate/deputy superintendents across the U.S. capture the essence of both the good news and the bad news reported in Women Leading School Systems. The good news is that women public school superintendents as well as women in central office positions are surviving and, in the majority of cases (74% for superintendents), they report that they are thriving.  Furthermore, their numbers are increasing, and they are committed to mentoring others so that this upward trend will continue.  The less-good news is that the job (of superintendent) for... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: September 25, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14619, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 6:37:20 AM

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  • Linda Skrla
    Texas A&M University
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    LINDA SKRLA is Associate Dean for Research and P-16 Initiatives in the College of Education and Human Development and Professor of Educational Administration at Texas A&M University. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the Texas A&M faculty in 1997, Dr. Skrla worked for 14 years as a middle school and high school teacher and as a campus and district administrator in Texas public schools. Her research focuses on educational equity issues in school leadership, including accountability, high success districts, and women superintendents. Her published work has appeared in numerous journals, and her most recent book is Educational Equity and Accountability: Paradigms, Policies, and Politics (2003, RoutledgeFalmer) with James Joseph Scheurich.
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