Our Digital Conversion
BY MARK EDWARDS
As the architect of two districtwide, 1-to-1 laptop programs, the author knows well that academic successes have somewhat less to do with the use of new technology than with a fundamental rethinking of teaching and learning. He details the curricular changes and the rise in expectations for all teachers as the real story in Mooresville, N.C.
The Affordability Question
BY SCOTT LAFEE
Launching and sustaining a laptop initiative isn’t inexpensive, but as the story of a half dozen school districts shows, a variety of financing paths await your first steps. Beginning with modest pilots is a common but not universal theme.
Expect Surprises With 1-to-1 Laptops
BY ERICH G. TUSCH
Thoughtful planning is essential, but even that can’t prevent the unanticipated when you place a new laptop computer in the eager hands of every student and staff member. The author counts six major surprises during his time implementing a 1-to-1 initiative in a New Jersey school district.
The editor gives credit where it’s due for the genesis of a new monthly column that tackles ethical dilemmas.
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Member blogs on our new microsite, AASA Connect, including those by superintendents Dave Britten, Wyoming, Mich.; Daniel Frazier, Sioux Rapids, Iowa; Cynthia Lane, Kansas City, Kan.; Michael Maryanski, Maple Valley, Wash.; and Michael Smith, Tuscola, Ill.
Charity for a Grade
Our experts tackle a case of well-intentioned teachers building incentives into community service for their students. But is the payoff appropriate?
Available on our new microsite, AASA Connect.
Disciplining Student Misconduct in Cyberspace
BY NANCY FREDMAN KRENT
Students post outlandish claims on Facebook and raunchy videos on YouTube, so you need to know where to start on a case of technology-enabled misbehavior.
Engaging Your Board in Reform Policy Work
BY DONALD R. McADAMS
Superintendents may find it easier to just act with the blessings of a not-fully-informed board than to challenge board members to understand the issues. That, would be a mistake.
My Stroke of Luck
BY NICHOLAS I. CLEMENT
Though he’s been an educator for 36 years, one superintendent discovered through a serious health setback that he still had much to learn about the interaction of student and teacher.
From Mind-Set to Mind Change
BY MARY B. HERRMANN
Adopting the vantage point of an “outsider” has its advantages, enabling superintendents to work as transformational leaders.
The Soul of the Enterprise
BY THOMAS P. McGARRY
Drawn to the example of Southwest Airlines, the author, a retired superintendent, believes organizational culture is meaningless if it does not manifest itself in frequent inspections, and high levels of safety and customer satisfaction.
Summaries of two recent doctoral dissertations on the superintendency — one on the effects of shared superintendencies to address declining enrollment and the second on practices of four superintendents whose school districts outperformed demographically similar districts.
WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Superintendent Maria Ott answers "Why I Wrote This Book ... ."