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A grounding for instructional and organizational health
Karen Owen on hands-on mentoring of rookies
STARTING POINTContributor Kent Bechler emphasizes school district culture, then sees the fruits of academic growth.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCYAge Entering the FieldMen and women enter the executive office at markedly different points in their school administrative careers.
BEST OF THE BLOGSThoughtful excerpts from five superintendents’ blogs.
ETHICAL EDUCATOROvervaluing VolunteersThe use of community volunteers to staff school libraries leads to employee reductions and a drop in school taxes. Our four-person panel sorts out the dilemma.
LEGAL BRIEFTough Economics, and Your Role’s ReassignedBY MICHELE HANDZELSuperintendents are being pressured to accept contract terms that give their boards the broad authority to add to their responsibilities or diminish the superintendent’s role in the district.
BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENTNew Rules for Communicating When Connected 24/7BY NICHOLAS D. CARUSO JR.The explosion of social media means the superintendent no longer has the luxury of time. It’s more likely board members will hear about a problem outside the chain of command.
MY VIEWWhat Inspires You?BY KIMBERLY MORITZThe author is grateful for school activities as a youth where she learned to plan, lead and speak publicly — exactly the skills she draws on as a superintendent.
MY VIEWCreating a Collaborative Vision in Two YearsBY STEPHEN H. GUTHRIE After 10 months of research and debate over the district’s new vision statement, the superintendent found two obstacles still standing between him and adoption.
RESOURCE BANKA dissertation on which traits school board presidents value the most in a candidate for superintendent.
The Charter School Experimentedited by Christopher Lubienski and Peter WeitzelReviewed byDarroll Hargraves
Collaborative School Improvementby Trent E. Kaufman, Emily Dolci Grimm and Allison E. MillerReviewed byLyle C. Ailshie
Me in the Makingby Walter Milton Jr.Reviewed by Diane E. Reed
Opening Mindsby Peter H. JohnstonReveiewed by Vickey M. Giles
The Principal’s Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Yearby Shawn JosephReviewed by Paul A. Shaw
Transforming Teaching and Learning Through Data-Driven Decision Makingby Ellen B. Mandinach and Sharnell S. JacksonReviewed by Ronald S. Thomas
PRESIDENT’S CORNERData Use With Insight and IntegrityBY BENNY L. GOODENIn the current fascination with data-based decisions, educators shouldn’t fear admitting biases for or against a methodology or program when investing scarce resources.
EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVEA Comparative Look at Russian SchoolsBY DANIEL A. DOMENECHAASA’s chief reports on some surprising observations of schools during his education trip to Russia under the auspices of the People to People Ambassador Program. PEOPLE WATCHThe most recent comings and goings of AASA members around the country.PROFILELisa Skiles ParadyBY MARIAN KISCHBefore trekking 2,500 miles to the North Slope of Alaska, she worked on the family ranch in Wyoming, earned a law degree and spent two decades in state government posts. READER REPLY (Letters)LEADERSHIP LITE
PEOPLE WATCHThe most recent comings and goings of AASA members around the country.
PROFILELisa Skiles ParadyBY MARIAN KISCHBefore trekking 2,500 miles to the North Slope of Alaska, she worked on the family ranch in Wyoming, earned a law degree and spent two decades in state government posts.
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