February 2015 Table of Contents

School Administrator

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AASA:
150 Years

 

AASA Celebrates 150 Years: 1865-2015

February 2015   Number 2 Vol. 72 

 Features

AASA’s Origins
BY GLENN COOK
A modest presence blossoms into a national voice for better schools and student support.

Q&A with AASA’s oldest president, Norman Hall
AASA historical timeline

Governance and Policymaking
BY GLENN COOK
Refinements to the policy-making system to bolster member involvement.

AASA’s presidential roster
AASA executives over time

AASA Conferences and Networking
BY GLENN COOK
Moving from a mass convention to targeted leadership training.

Peter Corona: 58 conventions and counting
Partners’ programs
Conference programs over time  

Federal Advocacy
BY GLENN COOK
A tradition of influence and respect on Capitol Hill.

Faces of Leadership

BY GLENN COOK
Diversity reaches the AASA presidency.

State Association Partnerships
BY C.J. REID
An enduring collaboration with AASA’s strengthening affiliates.

Publications and Communications
BY GLENN COOK
Matching member services to changing needs.

Metamorphosis of School Administrator magazine

Recognition of Professionals
BY MARIAN KISCH
Feting the finest in the field.

Notable award winners

Sponsored Initiatives
BY MARIAN KISCH
Using external aid to attend to needs of students and the schoolhouse.  

 
PLUS:

  Famous Faces

Frontline

STARTING POINT
Credits for those who worked through the dusty archives to capture some highlights of AASA’s past 150 years.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
CEO Impact on Superintendents Access and influence issues between business and school system leaders.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Sharp blog postings by AASA members excerpted here.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Twin Trouble
Retaining one twin and promoting the other, complicated by a mother with a key hand in an upcoming job promotion sought by the school administrator.

LEGAL BRIEF
Sizing Up Volunteer Fitness
BY MATT M. CARVER
District policies and state laws strike a balance between mitigating risk and tapping into valuable support.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Balancing Performance Goals
BY NICHOLAS D. CARUSO JR.
To avoid surprises when the school board evaluates the superintendent, the two sides should mutually articulate what success looks like in a school system.

PUNCHBACK
Myth: Money Doesn’t Matter
BY GENE V GLASS
Per-pupil funding speaks, but apparently not to the critics of public schooling, according to the co-author of 50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools.

Reading&Resources

RESOURCE BANK
Doctoral dissertations mentioned AASA dozens of times in 2014.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Jane Stavem, associate superintendent for instruction, Lincoln, Neb., and AASA member since 2009, on writing Student Mobility: Creating an Environment for Social and Academic Success.

BOOK REVIEWS

 

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Fear and Learning in America
by John Kuhn
Reviewed by
John C. Fagan

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Journey to a High-Achieving School 
by Fred J. Abbate, Ken Biddle and Joseph M. Tomaselli
Reviewed by
Jill Janes

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Vanishing School Boards
by Patrick Rice

Reviewed by
Kenneth E. Hoover

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Bye Bye, Little Red Schoolhouse
by Justin A. Collins
Reviewed by
Jim Frenck

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Hindsight
by Zac Rantz with Stephen Kleinsmith
Reviewed by
Darroll Hargraves

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Learning for Leadership
by Eleanor Drago-Severson, Jessica Blum-DeStefano and Anila Asghar

Reviewed by
Zach Kelehear

 

Insight

 
PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Honoring Our First President
BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
An admiring reflection of Birdsey Northrop’s leadership traits.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Privileged to Follow in Legendary Footsteps
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Only eight executives have presided over AASA’s vibrant 150-year past.

PEOPLE WATCH
AASA members’ moves up or out of their careers.

PROFILE
David R. Schuler
BY PAUL RIEDE
A calm, pragmatic approach for AASA’s incoming president

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

LEADERSHIP LITE