The Superintendent′s Fieldbook (2nd ed.)

A Guide for Leaders of Learning

Harvey, James S., Jr.,

The Superintendent′s Fieldbook: A Guide for Leaders of Learning

Guidance for ever-changing challenges, success through improved effectiveness


Equip yourself to face the demands of a superintendent with this practical guide for new and veteran school leaders. Understanding leadership and budgets is only one piece of a pie that has grown to include privatization, performance-based teacher compensation, technology, and global comparisons like PISA.


Based on 15 years of research with 300 superintendents, including members of the National Superintendents Roundtable, The Superintendent’s Fieldbook will become your touchstone for practical advice that you can implement today. The authors developed this new edition to help you

  • Navigate difficult situations through sample cases and tips for action
  • Lead with an eye on global impacts by illuminating education abroad
  • Understand the Common Core standards as explained by fellow superintendents
  • Explore instructional coaching and rounds as professional learning opportunities

"This remarkable book for new as well as veteran superintendents is thoroughly researched, practical, and compelling. If I could have but one book on my shelf to support the all-encompassing work we do, The Superintendent′s Fieldbook would be the one."
—Suzanne Cusick, Superintendent
Longview School District, WA

"I′ve found most guides for superintendents to be long on theory and short on practical advice. The Superintendent′s Fieldbook doesn′t make that mistake. This is where school leaders and aspiring superintendents can learn how to survive on the job, bargain like a pro, engage with the public, and work with their boards while tackling the achievement gap and explaining to the public what′s right with American schools."
—Gloria J. Davis, Superintendent
Decatur Public Schools, Decatur, IL

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