A concise and accessible text, The Superintendent’s Rulebook explores the human-resource, political, and leadership dimensions of the superintendency. This important book is designed for new aspiring superintendents and Boards of Education, helping readers to apply the many leadership lessons taught in training programs and education leadership courses to their everyday practice. Full of real-world examples, takeaway strategies, and supplemented with discussion and "inbox" questions, this valuable resource encourages reflection, while capturing the day-to-day spirit and complexities of district-level leadership.

part I|53 pages

Human Resources

chapter 1|6 pages

Tone and Climate

chapter 2|7 pages

Labor Relations/Negotiations

chapter 3|5 pages

80–90% On-Site Time Commitment

chapter 4|5 pages

Secretaries, Support Staff

chapter 5|9 pages


chapter 6|12 pages


chapter 7|7 pages

Facilities Management

part II|71 pages

Political Realities

chapter 9|7 pages

Training BOE/Trustees Members

chapter 10|9 pages

Your Marriage with the BOE/Trustees

chapter 11|4 pages

Live by the News, Die in the News

chapter 13|6 pages

Everything Counts

chapter 15|2 pages

Never Become a Crusader

chapter 16|6 pages

Developing Your Network

chapter 17|11 pages


chapter 18|10 pages

Public Information Center

part III|67 pages


chapter 19|7 pages

Leadership Fitness

chapter 22|4 pages

Be Patient

chapter 24|10 pages

Web 0.0 to 2.0 and Beyond

chapter 25|7 pages

Educating in the Digital World

chapter 26|6 pages

Learning Is Messy

chapter 27|14 pages

Quality of Life