Leading for Transformational Change provides case studies, reflective summaries, and pertinent questions in each chapter to encourage the reader to engage in reflection by connecting content standards with real world experiences. This book provides a deep, across-the-board analysis of all facets of the school district superintendent position by linking practical knowledge pertaining to contemporary practice.
Wafa Hozien, PhD, for over 30 years has worked in U.S. public PK-12, higher education and taught in university school superintendent preparation doctoral programs. Presently she is a university administrator. She published widely in the area of effective education leadership practices.
How to Use this Book
Case Study List by PSEL (2015) Standard
Chapter One: Our Mission, Vision, and Values Encompass Who We Are
Case Study: The Trauma Informed Care Initiative
Case Study: Zero Means Zero
Case Study: A Personal Philosophy for the Public
Case Study: White Flight
Case Study: Defining Moments
Chapter Two: Coming to Terms with Ethics in our Profession
Case Study: Changing the Schools to Prison Pipeline
Case Study: What’s in a Name?
Case Study: Finances First
Case Study: Every Child Matters
Case Study: Tomatoe, Tomato, What’s Your Imago?
Chapter Three: Creating a Sense of Belonging, Inclusivity in a Post-Pandemic World
Case Study: Low Income, High Expectations
Case Study: Preparing for Diversity
Case Study: How We’ve Always Done It
Case Study: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders/EBD in Pine Tree
Case Study: Period Shaming
Chapter Four: Creating Communities to Champion All Students
Case Study: Navigating Chartered Waters
Case Study: Getting Them All Across the Stage
Case Study: To V or not to V
Case Study: Back to School
Case Study: Separate but Equal
Chapter Five: Cultivating Meaningful Professional Engagement for the Communities we Lead
Case Study: But They Have a Long Runway
Case Study: Sure Shots
Case Study: Evaluation Devaluation
Case Study: More than Money
Case Study: Bonding with the Community
Chapter Six: Supporting Sustainable School Improvement
Case Study: Be My Guest
Case Study: Continuous Improvement Begins Here
Case Study: Reading Between the Lines
Case Study: What’s in a Grade?
Case Study: Social Media Threat
Dr. Wafa Hozien is an educator of school leaders who teaches and inspires leaders to be visionary, motivational, and goal-driven. She encourages leaders to make data-based decisions while also being reflective practitioners. This book before you is a clear reflection of her expertise through single case studies. These case studies are perfect for sharpening the critical thinking of aspiring district leaders and those in current practice. Readers will be immersed in Dr. Hozien's rich national experiences and diverse perspectives. This book is a must-have for all district, division and educational leaders.
If your goal is to be a successful school superintendent and Instructional Leader who builds systems that support teachers, students, parents, and community, you need to place Dr. Hozien’s case study books at the top of your reading list. Her case study book, Leading for Transformational Change: Case Studies to Show Effective Decision Making, is written from insights of her work as an Instructional Leader and research for numerous years of effective leadership practices for school superintendents. She describes her extensive case studies of school systems, problems they face, and how great leaders overcome obstacles to build thriving schools in communities. In her previous work, Reflective Practices: Case Studies for High School Principals, Dr. Hozien outlined approaches to educational leadership practices that work. If you are a new or aspiring superintendent you will not be disappointed in this book. This book is a must read for new or aspiring school superintendents.
Very few books on the superintendency, if any, address the position in the manner of Leading for Transformational Change. This book covers the challenges facing superintendents today and how to be successful at it and presents a realistic view of the superintendency. It also details: the many facets of the superintendency, the relationship between the superintendent and the school staff, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders. This is a must read for anyone going into this profession or presently at the helm of a school district.