School Administrator

 

November 2012

Family Dynamics

 

The struggle to find balance between 
home life and the superintendency

November 2012                                       Number 10 Vol. 69 

Features

Family First Considerations
BY SCOTT LAFEE
In making career decisions, superintendents are weighing their families’ needs before moving into that desirable new post. While motivated by a higher calling, they also want a happy home and family.

Family in the Public Eye
BY SARAH E. CARR
Superintendents expect to operate in a fishbowl, but they anguish about the effects of their prominent positions on their spouses and vulnerable children.

When Mom or Dad Is the Superintendent
The views of parents and children about growing up with a superintendent parent.

The Balancing Act
BY MARIAN KISCH
The superintendent’s quest to find an equilibrium between parenting one’s own children and the encompassing demands of work.

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor’s gathering excitement in producing this issue.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Contractual Merit Pay

Few superintendents have a merit pay clause in their contracts, and those who do most likely work in a larger district.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five pithy excerpts from recent postings by superintendents around the country.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The Mandatory Field Trip

Is it appropriate for a teacher to require student attendance at a nonschool event that has a bearing on grades? Our panel weighs in.

LEGAL BRIEF
Legislating Where You Can Live

BY MICHELE HANDZEL
Superintendents who relocate ultimately face this issue: Are you going to move to the district you’ll be leading?

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
When a Board Member Asks for Special Treatment

BY RICHARD E. MAYER
If personal integrity is a board member’s most important asset, the superintendent has a role in preventing the misuse of an official position.

MY VIEW
Pressurized Priorities Clash With Character Education

BY MARK HYATT
Character building demands consistency, meaning education leaders must remember the school of life is always in session.  

MY VIEW
Road Signs and Danger Ahead

BY LINTON DECK
The warnings for precipitous curves on his trip through the British highlands left the author worried about the perils facing public schools today.

MY VIEW
Staff Grieve Before Accepting the New Reality

BY KYLE B. RAMEY
Frustrated by his staff’s failure to embrace data-based decisions, the author now sees a multistage metamorphosis taking shape in his district.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK

A
doctoral study examines how superintendents and school board presidents perceive formal training for board members.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Marilou Ryder on writing Rules of the Game: How to Win a Job in Educational Leadership.

BOOK REVIEWS

 BookEducationQuestions

Education Questions To Be Answered
by Ronald W. Holmes
Reviewed by
John C. Fagan

BookHowtoCreate

How to Create a Culture of Achievement in Your Schools and Classrooms
by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey and Ian Pumpian
Reviewed by
Leonard H. Elovitz

BookOverload!

Overload!
by Jonathan B. Spira
Reviewed by 
Brian L. Benzel

BookProfessionalCapital

Professional Capital
by Andy Hargreaves and Michael Fullan
Reviewed by 
Valerie A. Storey

BookRulesoftheGame

Rules of the Game
by Marilou Ryder
Reviewed by 
Lylia King

BookWhenCanYouTrust

When Can You Trust the Experts?
by Daniel T. Willingham
Reviewed by 
Jeff Smith


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
The Superintendency Is a Family Affair

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
The family identity that attaches to a school leader has been indelibly etched on the household of the association’s president.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
The Sphere of Networks in Professional Associations

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Membership has its privileges – opportunities to interact with colleagues in job-alike situations and to exchange ideas and solutions.

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
Driving Performance With Systemic Analytics

BY JOHN GATTA
The president of the ECRA Group on an alternative model for thinking about school improvement.
 
 

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly tally of AASA members’ promotions and retirements.

PROFILE
Marsha A. Chappelow

BY PAUL RIEDE
Her start in journalism and work in school communications continues to serve well the superintendent of the Ladue schools in St. Louis, Mo.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

 

 

 

 

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