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The Superintendent's Rulebook


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Contents Meet the Author Preface Acknowledgements Part 1 Human Resources Chapter 1 Tone & Climate Chapter 2 Labor Relations/Negotiations Chapter 3 80-90% On Site-Time Commitment Chapter 4 Secretaries, Support Staff Chapter 5 Discipline Chapter 6 Accountability/Evaluation Chapter 7 Facilities Management Part 2 Political Realities Chapter 8 Building the Relationship with BOE/Trustees Chapter 9 Training BOE/Trustees Members Chapter 10 Your Marriage with the BOE/Trustees Chapter 11 Live by the News, Die in the News Chapter 12 Know Who You Answer To and To Whom You are Charged to Guide and KNOW the Difference Chapter 13 Everything Counts Chapter 14 All Politics is Local/All Education is Local, Until the State Says It Isn't Chapter 15 Never Become a Crusader Chapter 16 Developing Your Network Chapter 17 Interviewing Chapter 18 Public Information Center Part 3 Lighthouse Chapter 19 Leadership Fitness Chapter 20 Logic Means Nothing, B.F. Skinner Had it Right! Chapter 21 Learn and Understand the 20-60-20 Scale Rule Chapter 22 Be Patient Chapter 23 Do Your Homework, and, Keep Your Eye on the Ball Chapter 24 Web 0.0 to 2.0 & Beyond Chapter 25 Educating in the Digital World Chapter 26 Learning is Messy Chapter 27 Quality of Life Additional Resources

About the Author

Patrick Darfler-Sweeney is a retired Superintendent of Schools of the Hunter-Tannersville CSD, New York, and an Adjunct Instructor for SUNY Oneonta, USA.


"The role of the superintendent is multi-faceted and probably more complicated now than ever before. The good news is that they now have a rulebook! Patrick Sweeney provides leaders with rules to live by and learn from, and having been in the role for many years, he understands the life of a superintendent better than most."
Peter DeWitt, Consultant and Author of "Education Week" blog Finding Common Ground

"The Superintendent's Rulebook is a must read for anyone who works in public education. Not only does it provide valuable information to those thinking about the superintendency as a career, but it also provides insight into the day-to-day thinking of a school superintendent. In this day and age, when understanding each other is so vital, the book provides a blueprint to understand the complex job of school superintendent."
Charles S. Dedrick, Executive Director, New York State Council of School Superintendents

"Darfler-Sweeney connects with readers by providing personal information. At times, it seems as if one is sitting down with a mentor for a cup of coffee. Wherever district leaders may be in the sojourn toward the superintendency, this book offers reasonable insight into the challenges that are likely to be faced."
Lisa M. Antunes, assistant superintendent, Hillsborough Township School District, Hillsborough, N.J., School Administrator magazine

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