This book is based on the professional experiences and research findings of Drs. Litchka, Polka, and Calzi who possess a combined total professional experience of over 100 years as educators in the United States, including over 75 years as public school administrators and over 30 years as chief school officers. The authors have also spent a combined 30 plus years in researching and roles, responsibilities, and stresses of school district leadership. They are committed to appropriately preparing current and aspiring leaders to survive and thrive as superintendents. The authors know the topic of school leadership very well from both the practical "lived experiences" to the various theoretical research conceptual frameworks. This book reflects actual stories collected via their most recent research associated with school district leadership, decision-making, politics, and "living on the horns of dilemmas."
Peter Litchka is associate professor and director of the Educational Leadership Program at Loyola University, Maryland. He has more than four decades of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and superintendent, and has written and presented extensively throughout the United States and Europe in this field. Walter S. Polka is professor of professional studies and coordinator of the PhD program in leadership and policy at Niagara University, New York. He has presented his research studies about educational leadership, policy implementation, technology, diversity, curriculum development, and instructional improvement throughout the United States and in over 25 countries worldwide. Frank F. Calzi is a former associate professor and chairperson of the educational leadership program at Niagara University. Prior, he served as a school superintendent for over 15 years.
Acknowledgments Foreword Preface Chapter 1: On the Horns Chapter 2: Conflict vs. Consensus Chapter 3: Trust vs. Change Chapter 4: Commitment vs. Compliance Chapter 5: Problems vs. Predicaments Chapter 6: Leadership vs. Management Chapter 7: Personal vs. Professional Life Chapter 8: Matador de Toros! Appendix: Framework for Original Research References