Offers practical advice and research results on women school superintendents, a field traditionally dominated by men.
Although women have dominated the teaching ranks at all levels of education since the turn of the century, men occupy 93 percent of superintendency jobs. Considering the nationwide concern that superintendency positions will be vacated faster than they can be filled during the next decade, it's quite possible that women are the greatest untapped pool of capable candidates. As women think about, seek, and accept superintendency assignments, they need a resource like Sacred Dreams that offers both practical advice from those who have attained this rank and research results from those who have studied the situation. Such an understanding has the potential not only to increase the number of women in the position, but also to increase their likelihood of success.
[Contributors include Judy A. Alston, Cynthia Beekley, Jackie M. Blount, C. Cryss Brunner, Susan Chase, Margaret Grogan, Barbara L. Jackson, Debra Jackson, Estelle Kamler, Sylvia E. Méndez-Morse, Flora Ida Ortiz, Barbara Nelson Pavan, Charol Shakeshaft, and Marilyn Tallerico. Also included is a foreword by Patricia A. Schmuck. ]
C. Cryss Brunner is Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
"Sacred Dreams makes a significant contribution to the literature on women in educational leadership, particularly serving in the superintendency, by offering personal narratives and reflections on what it means to be a woman and a superintendent. Those who are concerned about gender equity in all levels of the educational organization will find this book useful. " — Ernestine Enomoto, University of Hawaii at Manoa