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June 2011 Number 6, Vol. 68Resuscitating 12th GradeCreating educational experiences, including early college programs, to cure the ills of senioritis

Features

  • Redesigning the Senior Year

    by JANICE R. DREIS AND LARRY D. REHAGE

    How can you create an educational experience that matches the developmental profile of high school seniors? These authors have done that in multiple communities. Here, they identify several key premises that can guide educators.

    Similar Reading: Supplanting AP Classes With Our Own and Senior Exit Interviews

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  • Early College Designs

    by JOEL H. VARGAS AND MARC S. MILLER

    Once a radical concept, early college high schools are flying soundly today. Expansion is taking place through the creation of early college districts covering all students and the use of early college designs as a statewide strategy.

    Similar Reading: Q&A: A Superintendent Behind Early College for All and Putting Dropouts on the Path to College

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  • Opening Doors to College Access and Success

    by MONTE C. MOSES AND JIM NELSON

    A pair of former superintendents have distilled what they’ve seen effectively improve educational attainment for all students. They have created a set of 10 actions to address the readiness of graduates for postsecondary pursuits.

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  • Tracking College Readiness

    by KEVIN A. SKELLY AND SCOTT T. LAURENCE

    A small consortium of superintendents shares what it is learning about graduates’ disparate experiences at the community colleges, public universities and selective private colleges where they’ve enrolled.

    Similar Reading: About the 21st Century Consortium and AASA Partner Tracks Districts’ Graduates

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Profile

    Forging Ahead as a Team by FRANCESCA DUFFY


    Humility is a personal trait Tom Trigg embraced after reading Good to Great by Jim Collins, who says top-level leaders put their own self-interest on the back burner to unify an organization. Trigg was a 2011 finalist for the National Superintendent of the Year award.

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    Departments

    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Adding Spice To Prevent Burnout by DOUG EADIE


    Chief executives should pay close attention to providing their board members with various forms of nonmonetary compensation as a way of counteracting the inevitable wear and tear of governing work.

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    Focus

    A Startup of Performance-Based Pay by MICHAEL W. JOLIN


    The superintendent in Thompson, Conn., describes the negotiations that followed the school board’s proposal to link compensation to improving student performance, given the reluctance of principals and other administrators.

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    Guest Columns

    Making Transparency Concrete by CHRIS J. KENNEDY


    Demystifying the work of schools and school districts when so much is expected of them is a personal responsibility for the superintendent in West Vancouver, British Columbia.

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    Just Close the Doors and Teach by PAMELA R. MORAN


    Educators need to learn from each other — new technologies, strategies and ways of connecting with young people — especially as this veteran superintendent is hearing administrators and teachers express a troubling sentiment that it’s hard to keep coming back to work.

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    Punchback: Answering Critics

    Vicious Blog Postings: Are You Protected? by MICHELE V. HANDZEL


    The attorney for a statewide superintendents group discusses the legal remedies for dealing with venomous blog attacks that can bring down careers. Given the relative novelty of the issue, more questions than answers exist.

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    President's Corner

    Finishing Up or Just Beginning? by EDGAR B. HATRICK


    Concluding realizations and wishes from AASA’s president of 2010-11.

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    Executive Perspective

    A Commencement Address by DANIEL A. DOMENECH


    A pitch talk to this spring’s high school graduates about considering education as a career. “You can truly shape the future of those you come in contact with,” writes AASA’s executive director.

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    People

    People


    This month’s People page showcases promotions, along with plenty of
    deserved retirements.

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