The Politics of Prevailing
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The Politics of Prevailing

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Lessons in Public School Superintendence 1971-2013

Strategies for Meeting Change and Challenge with Confidence

Dr. Miller, based on his extraordinary career serving 42-years as a school district superintendent in one school district, shares “better than fiction” stories he experienced throughout his distinguished career in which he persevered to transform the district into a high-performing, highly efficient model that other superintendents, boards and district leaders should learn from and replicate.” Jim Buckheit, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators

A compelling and interesting presentation of the high and low points of one man's lengthy and crisis driven career in public education. A good read.” Joseph F. Bard, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

There is no greater supporter of equal opportunity for ALL children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania than Bill Miller.” Arnold Hillman, Pennsylvania Association of Rural and Small Schools

This is a personal, hard-hitting reflection on the vast array of experiences encountered by Dr. Miller during his more than 40 years in the Tyrone Area School System. Dr. Miller takes the reader through the exhaustive and sometimes contentious situations that he faced with all phases of the educational system-school boards, politicians the general public, parents, students, teachers and the teacher’s union, A must read for all who are interested in becoming a public school superintendent!” Frank Rosenhoover, retired PSEA UniServ Rep

The Politics of Prevailing presents an illuminating and real-world review of the many challenges faced by school administrators, as well the challenges confronting our education system generally. Dr. Miller provides a unique perspective, through his and his father’s many years of service to the Tyrone Area School District and the obstacles they faced during their tenure, and he offers insights into effective leadership that make a fascinating read not only for school administrators, but for all of us who care about the issues that arise in our schools and how those issues should be addressed,” Michael J, Betts, Betts Law Office LLC, Pittsburgh, PA

An insightful look into the world of a long-term successful superintendent, Dr. Miller doesn’t pull any punches when relating encounters with difficult individuals and the problems they’ve created for schools, and he’s very forthcoming describing the principles and strategies he has employed to overcome them. A refreshing and enlightening account for experienced and aspiring superintendents alike.” Dr. William T. Hartman, Professor of Education, Pennsylvania State University

This writing is a concise account of the long tenure of an effective and respected superintendent. It is not an account of research-driven higher education, but rather it opens the door to a talented human being working in that often overwhelming role of public school leader. The author, Dr. William Miller, is that long-tenured and often-tested superintendent. This writing can guide new and veteran school leaders to patience and to a better practice of complex school leadership,” Dr. Lawrence Weiss, Executive Director , Pennsylvania School Study Council, Pennsylvania State University

The Politics of Prevailing is an insightful reflection of a very successful, but challenging superintendence. Dr. William Miller “prevailed” throughout a forty-two year tenure by recognizing early on that public education in our democracy is a political endeavor. Developing political savvy as he navigated through a myriad of challenges he held tenaciously to his core values and his focus on what was most important to the children he served. His writing style is very much that of narrative story-telling, as he shares the episodes of many years as a successful superintendent and encapsulates them in a series of lessons learned.” Dr. Brian M. Small, Executive Director Shippensburg University School Study Council

In his book The Politics of Prevailing, Dr. Miller provides a real life chronology of how to survive the transformation of being an instructional leader to becoming a political broker. Clearly, the role and duty of the superintendent have been usurped by renegade school board members, teacher strikes, declining enrollment, school closings, civil rights issues, court interference, and the loss of basic subsidy. These changing trends have not adequately been addressed in graduate schools nor in required in-service programs. Therefore, the seasoned superintendents with long tenure must fill the void by sharing their knowledge and experience. This is exactly what Dr. Miller provides in his book. A must reading for all novice and veteran administrators.” Dr. Dennis Murray, Superintendent of the Altoona Area School Districts, Retired [1984-2013].

 

About The Author: 

Dr. William N. Miller was selected Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators 2013 Superintendent of the Year. Previously, he received the Pennsylvania School Study Council’s 2012 William Caldwell Excellence in Administration and Supervision Award, was honored as the 2007 PARSS Rural Educator of the Year, and was lauded in 2006 with the University Council of Education Excellence (UCEE) Educational Leadership Award. He earned his B.S. from Shippensburg University and Masters and Doctorate of Educational Administration in 1969 at The Pennsylvania State University after completing doctoral course work at Harvard, The University of Chicago, and New York University. He has served as Adjunct-Professor at the graduate level at Penn State’s University Park campus and as Guest Lecturer at Saint Francis University. In addition, he has presented numerous statewide seminars on issues as diverse as educator sexual misconduct to the needs of gifted students. As Arnold Hillman of Bright Futures Unlimited characterized him, “Bill is an anachronism. In these days of carpetbag superintendents and quick change artists, Bill has been a stable influence in the Tyrone Area School District since 1971…He is someone that students and communities can rely upon...in this era of people devoted to destroying public education.”


6 x 9 hardcover -- cloth on boards

168 pages - indexed

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