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The Landscape of the Superintendency: From Despair to Hope

by Paul Kelleher & Rebecca van der Bogert - 2006

We, the editors of this volume, are both long-time superintendents of schools who have lived and enacted the role in recent years. Phil Townsend is a fictional character, but his story is typical of what we have heard from far too many of our colleagues across the country. We empathize with those like Phil and agree that what it means to be the leader of a local school system has changed dramatically and continues to change in response to the changing times and contexts. We intend this volume to provide hope that despite the daunting challenges educational leaders like Phil face today, they have more to look forward to than retirement.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 105. No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 13, 2006, p. 10-28
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18501, Date Accessed: 5/13/2021 1:41:49 PM

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  • Paul Kelleher
    Trinity University
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    PAUL KELLEHER, Murchison Distinguished Professor of Education and chair of the education department at Trinity University, is an expert on social issues involving schools and relationships between schools and the community. He has written about hiring and supervising school administrators and school budget contexts. He is a former public school superintendent and principal at the high school and middle school levels.
  • Rebecca van der Bogert
    Winnetka, IL Public Schools
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    REBECCA VAN DER BOGERT served as Superintendent of Schools in Winnetka, Illinois and in numerous leadership positions in Lincoln, Groton, and Ipswich, Massachusetts including teacher, Coordinator of a Gifted and Talented Program, Principal, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, and Superintendent of Schools. Dr. van der Bogert has taught as a visiting lecturer at several universities and has published and lectured extensively on democratic leadership, leaderís growth, and learning environments. She has edited a series of journals for Jossey-Bass entitled New Directions for School Leadership, co-authored Making Sense as a School Leader, and edited the NSSE Yearbook Voices for Democracy: Transformational Leadership.
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