The purpose of this course is to examine school boards, the superintendency, and the relationship of each to the other. The course is hands-on, experiential, and reflective comparing some resources to personal experiences. At the end of this course, the superintendent will know how to respond to and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context, including working with the board of trustees to achieve the district's educational vision. (Field-based experience required). Admission to the superintendency certification program is a pre-requisite for this course. Students will be required to attend at least two school board meetings during this semester and should plan accordingly. This course is required for graduate students who are working toward Superintendent Certification and will examine the exemplary leadership standards for Texas Superintendents as expressed in the State Board for Educator Certification competencies. No course prerequisites exist, however, admission to Graduate Studies or having been granted an exception by the Office of Graduate Studies is required.