Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project: Interview with David Landswerk
Part 1


Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: David Landswerk holds degrees from Luther College, Drake University and a PhD in Administration/ Curriculum from the University of Iowa. He began his thirty-eight year career in education as an elementary teacher and then moved into administration, serving first as Elementary Principal in Ames, Iowa. From there he went to the Owatonna Public School District, a district nationally recognized and respected for choral and instrumental music offerings, where he served as Elementary Principal, Director of Elementary Education, Assistant Superintendent and in 1974, Superintendent. Dr. Landswerk assumed the position of Superintendent of Wayzata Public School District in 1986. During his years of leadership both junior high schools were designated as National Schools of Excellence in 1989 by the U.S. Department of Education, the senior high school was designated a National School of Excellence in 1991 by the U.S. Department of Education, Wayzata was the first metropolitan public school system to become Smoke/ Tobacco Free and the first Minnesota public school system to offer a Student Graduate Guarantee. During his eight-year tenure voters approved $103.5 million in bonds and $55 million in operating levy authority. The author of the twice-reprinted Executive Positions in Business and Education, David Landswerk has been a Bush Executive Fellows Program Participant, the recipient of the Columbia University Superintendents Fellowship, the recipient of the 1991 Educational Administrator of the Year Award from the Minnesota Association of Educational Office Professionals and the 1991 Superintendent of the Year Award from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Suburban NAACP. He has appeared as featured keynote speaker at any number of state and national conventions. Among the groups he has addressed has been the National Association of Life Underwriters, several Fortune 500 companies, state bankers associations and conventions of state superintendents. David Landswerk retired from the Wayzata superintendence in 1994, but continued to keep a full schedule of public appearances and remained active within the community where he formerly served as superintendent. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: David Landswerk attributes his commitment to the importance of a strong arts curriculum to the influence of Owatonna orchestra teacher Arnold Krueger and to New Trier-Winnetka Illinois Township superintendent Rod Bickert. He discusses "quality education" in the abstract and then gives specific examples (which are cut from the recording but summarized below.) He ends by describing his own wonderful experience with the Decorah Drum and Bugle Corps. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: After line 90 a portion of the interview was inadvertently lost. In this paragraph Dr. Landswerk enumerates some of the characteristics of quality education: a high school offering of two years college-level math; a quality orchestra, choir and band; national merit scholars; an international baccalaureate program; an APP program; out-of-the-ordinary language offerings, such as Japanese and Russian. During the course of the Wayzata elementary string program oral history, Dr. Landswerk's name comes up many times as an individual who supported elementary strings in Wayzata and in her interview, Helen Loing indicates that one of the reasons Dr. Landswerk decided to come to the Wayzata district was the legendary strength of the string program. Interview takes place at a table in front of the Caribou Coffee House. As noon approaches, traffic noise becomes increasingly audible.
Quantity 1.5 hours sound cassette
6 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
Measurements 00:08:29 running time
Creation Interviewer: Weber, Lynne
Interviewee: Landswerk, David
Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 06/08/2001
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 109
Accession Number AV2007.12.22
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Wayzata Elementary String Program Oral History Project'

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