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Book Review                                                 Page 45

 

The Superintendent’s

Fieldbook 

A Guide for Leaders of Learning 

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by James Harvey, Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Luvern L. Cunningham, and Robert H. Koff, Corwin, Thousand Oaks, Calif., 2013, 377 pp. with index, $40.95 softcover

The Superintendent’s Fieldbook is more than just a good read; it is an invaluable resource for administrators, filled with guidance, lessons and tips for success. It answers questions that range from common to obscure and can guide a superintendent in everything from speaking before a chamber of commerce to explaining test data to the public.

The second edition of The Superintendent’s Fieldbook, co- authored by veteran educators James Harvey, Nelda Cambron-McCabe, Luvern L. Cunningham and Robert H. Koff, is first a communications text. Their advice can help a superintendent communicate with the school board, deal with the teachers’ union and engage the public. What they offer readers is richly detailed, delivering specifics on how to craft a newsworthy statement, how to conduct an interview with a member of the news media on sensitive topics and how to respond to public critics.

The book is best read in stages. Each chapter is written as a self-contained presentation, designed to create a holistic understanding. These chapters offer a complete study on a topic and a statement of the problem, anecdotal case studies and solutions.

Moreover, the book provides practical advice and is short on theory, exactly what busy school administrators need.

The latest edition includes an interview with Janet Robinson, the superintendent in Newtown, Conn., during the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The Superintendent’s Fieldbook is a school administrator’s entire library compressed into one book. It should be made available to district and school administrators, board members and people who support the public schools with their time, talent and money.

Reviewed by Darroll Hargraves, management consultant, School and Community Resources, Wasilla, Alaska

 

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