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Sandra Harris is a professor at Lamar University in Texas. She has served as a leader in public and private schools for over 40 years and has published or co-published 25 books on educational leadership.
Julia Ballenger is a professor at TAMU – Commerce. She has been a public school educator for more than 40 years in Texas and has published over 75 articles. She presents frequently on educational leadership.
Jason Mixon is the director of the Center for Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University in Texas and has served as a leader in public schools in Texas for over 20 years. He is a frequent presenter on global leadership strategies for K-12 leaders.
Chapter 1: Mission, Vision, and Core Values
Chapter 2: Ethics and Professional Norms
Chapter 3: Equity and Cultural Responsiveness
Chapter 4: Curriculum Instruction and Assessment
Chapter 5: Community of Care and Support for Students
Chapter 6: Professional Capacity of School Personnel
Chapter 7: Professional Community for Teachers and Staff
Chapter 8: Meaningful Engagement of Families and Community
Chapter 9: Operations and Management
Chapter 10: School Improvement
Appendix 1: 2015 Professional Standards for Educational Leaders
Appendix 2: Texas Competencies – 2013
Appendix 3: Alabama Standards
About the Editors and Authors
Want to change the trajectory of students’ lives? Alter your organizational culture for the better? Have the experience of brainstorming open-ended decisions in these complex times? Using the current knowledge base in educational leadership, in this updated edition authors Harris, Ballenger, and Mixon deliver on such aspirational goals. This guide is beneficial because it covers the changing standards in the profession and anchors them to foster self-understanding and group understanding.
— Carol A. Mullen, professor of educational leadership, director of the School of Education, and associate dean for professional education of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech University
What we know most about tomorrow is that we know very little about tomorrow. This means we do not know exactly how to prepare our babies for tomorrow. Like no other time in history, schools and schools systems must ensure students receive a high quality academic education, leverage learning experiences from extra-curricular pursuits, and have their social/emotional needs fulfilled. Schools and school systems must accomplish this for all students, especially students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and marginalized communities. These schools and school systems must be led by innovative and inspiring people called Superintendents. We all should feel a sense of gratitude to authors Harris, Ballenger, and Mixon for very timely information. This book will grow current Superintendents and it will assist in the development of aspiring Superintendents.
— Desmond K. Blackburn, superintendent, Brevard Public Schools; member of Chiefs for Change; and author of Socio-Cultural Leadership: The Art of Restructuring Schools through Research-Based Principal Leadership
The authors have clearly defined the critical and complex role of the superintendent in providing leadership for school transformation and community engagement. They have articulated the challenges administrators face and the skills and traits needed for successful leadership. The case studies will be helpful to school leaders as they work to create and sustain student-centered schools and develop future-ready students.
— Johnny L. Veselka, executive director, Texas Association of School Administrators
The shift towards transformational leadership must begin with a strong focus on student achievement. Authors Harris, Ballenger, and Mixon clearly define and deliver for the reader the elements a school superintendent must embrace to make this shift. This book is a must-read for current superintendents who desire a fresh perspective on the new Professional Standards for Educational Leadership and lessons learned from relevant case studies from school superintendents. Superintendents must consider this book as a great resource towards making that transformational shift in leadership.
— Mark Gotcher, deputy commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education