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Superintendents for the 21st Century: It's Not Just a Job, It's a Calling


While Paul Houston suggests that "the relationship of the superintendent to the community is analogous to that of a fire hydrant to a dog," he goes on to discuss the rewards and challenges of this career. He describes the important leadership role, contributions and changing models of the profession. This article provides insights into the job of the superintendent and will be useful for all of us who strive to develop stronger relations with superintendents in our districts. If you are a superintendent and have read this article, please feel free to write to us with your reactions and we will post them on the site.

NOTE: This resource is published on the Phi Delta Kappan web site. The link above will take you to an abstract page. To view the full-text for this article, you will need to either sign-in to Phi Delta Kappan with the appropriate membership or purchase this article.