School Administrator

May 2013

Career and Technical Education

Displacing voc-ed with programs
combining hands and minds

May 2013                                       Number 5 Vol. 70 

Features

Ramping Up Career and Technical Studies
BY SARAH E. CARR
Inside five district programs that meet the demands of the modern workplace by equipping students for career and college.

One and the Same: College and Workforce Readiness
BY MATT GIANNESCHI
Changing demographics, along with raised expectations of employers, make the two skill sets inseparable and indistinguishable from one another.

Readiness in the District Ranks
BY ROBERT P. GIRA
Meshing career preparation, academic preparation and support structures identified by the AVID College Readiness System.

Goodbye to the Voc-Ed Stereotype
BY MICHAEL F. FITZPATRICK
An investment in career and technical education is paying dividends in the information-age workplace that prove the merits of combining hands and minds.

A Rural Route for Career and Technical Education
BY SCOTT M. KOENIGSKNECHT AND CELENA MILLS
In a rural part of northern Michigan, an intermediate agency is addressing students’ academic needs in the same setting as their technical studies.

Frontline  

STARTING POINT
Contributor Michael Fitzpatrick’s role in replacing voc-ed with career and technical education. 

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Rating Superintendents’ Training

Quality ratings by school system leaders of administrative preparation haven’t changed much over time.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
This month’s selection of five pithy insights from AASA member bloggers across the nation.

 

 

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
A Bullish Board Demand
At a public meeting, a school board member claims the superintendent would be “ethically remiss” for not starting an anti-bullying program districtwide. Our panel suggests appropriate responses.

LEGAL BRIEF
The Heroic Efforts of a Shared Superintendent
BY MICHELE HANDZEL
Someone considering an opportunity to manage two neighboring school districts should not overlook the legal ramifications.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Conflicts of Interest in Board Hiring
BY MICHAEL T. ADAMSON
Nepotism policies can be helpful, but they don’t necessarily prevent favoritism among district employees who are relatives of school board members.

MY VIEW
Districts Can Flex Muscles To Lift Principal Training

BY JODY SPIRO
A Wallace Foundation administrator says local universities ought to be pressured to revamp programs that aren’t generating quality administrator candidates.

MY VIEW
Can Neuroscience Inform Our Rewards and Threats?
BY MARY B. HERRMANN
The author questions a study that finds the higher individuals advance in leadership capacities, the less stress they experience.

MY VIEW
On Obama, Dinner and the Challenge of Being Superintendent

BY CHRIS KENNEDY
One school system leader’s struggle to find the proper balance between home life and the all-consuming work life.


Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
Nontraditional Superintendent

A doctoral dissertation looks at an adaptation of the military model of leadership to the leadership of a school system.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Robert J. Manley on his motivation for co-authoring Making the Common Core Standards Work.

BOOK REVIEWS

 

BookFilpYourClassroom

Flip Your Classroom
by Jonathan Bergmann
and Aaron Sams
Reviewed by
Darroll Hargraves

 

 

BookGlobalFourthWay

The Global Fourth Way
by Andy Hargreaves
and Dennis Shirley
Reviewed by John C. Fagan

BookHopeAgainstHope

Hope Against Hope
by Sarah Carr
Reviewed by Zach Kelehear

BookHowChildrenSucceed

How Children Succeed
by Paul Tough
Reviewed by Mark Hyatt

BookMotionLeadership

Motion Leadership
in Action

by Michael Fullan
Reviewed by Lylia King

 BookPracticePerfect

Practice Perfect
by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi
Reviewed by Art Stellar

 

 


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
College and Career Readiness: Synonymous or Separate?

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
We send conflicting messages to today’s high school students about an either-or path to postsecondary training and learning.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Real Learning on the Vocational Track
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
We can look to Europe for model vocational-apprenticeship programs that match or exceed the rigor of the academic track.

PEOPLE WATCH
Who’s moving into new leadership posts, and who’s bowing out of the superintendency?

PROFILE
Maryalice Russell

BY BILL GRAVES
In a small Oregon system, a superintendent is building a reputation for pushing instructional growth.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEADERSHIP LITE

   

 

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