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Affordability is the least of the challenges to succeed in a district's digital conversion
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 LAFEELaunching 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 LaptopsBY 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.
STARTING POINT The editor gives credit where it’s due for the genesis of a new monthly column that tackles ethical dilemmas.
BEST OF THE BLOGSMember 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.
ETHICAL EDUCATOR Charity for a GradeOur 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.
LEGAL BRIEFDisciplining Student Misconduct in CyberspaceBY NANCY FREDMAN KRENTStudents 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.
BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENTEngaging Your Board in Reform Policy WorkBY DONALD R. McADAMSSuperintendents 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 VIEWMy Stroke of LuckBY NICHOLAS I. CLEMENTThough 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 ChangeBY MARY B. HERRMANNAdopting the vantage point of an “outsider” has its advantages, enabling superintendents to work as transformational leaders.
The Soul of the EnterpriseBY THOMAS P. McGARRYDrawn 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.
RESOURCE BANK 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.
Change Leaderby Michael FullanReviewed by Diane E. Reed
How to Plan Rigorous Instructionby Robyn R. JacksonReviewed by Paul A. Shaw
Leadership for Social Justice and Democracy in Our Schoolsby Alan Blankstein and Paul D. HoustonReviewed by Zach Kelehear
Schools Cannot Do It Alone by Jamie VollmerReveiewed by Darroll Hargraves
Strategic Communications For School Leaders by Vicki Gunther, James McGowan and Kate DoneganReviewed by Leon T. Hobbs
Terms of Engagement by Richard H. AxelrodReviewed by Darroll Hargraves
PRESIDENT’S CORNERThe Untold Story of 1-to-1 ComputingBY PATRICIA E. NEUDECKERAs simply a vehicle for learning, mobile computing devices alone will no more improve student achievement than a pen or a paintbrush.
EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVEAttending to the Full Needs of ChildrenBY DANIEL A. DOMENECHThe executive director’s rundown of how your association is actively involved in direct services to school-age children in need.
PEOPLE WATCH This month’s compilation of AASA members on the rise through promotion to their latest career stops.
PROFILEAndrés A. AlonsoBY PAUL RIEDEThe superintendent in Baltimore, Md., Andrés Alonso, applies the toughness of a corporate litigator with empathetic understanding of the student experience.
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