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 School Administrator: September 2015

Cultivating Gifted Students


Features

Expanding the View of Giftedness

BY JANE CLARENBACH

School districts are adding programs to develop the talents of students who have high ability but who may not be demonstrating high achievement. Some initiatives stem from efforts to close disparities among students reaching advanced achievement or to better reflect student diversity.
  

Gifted Tactics in the Field

Reports from four districts addressing disparate aspects of what it takes to serve students identified as gifted.

  • Tamara J. Fisher (Polson, Mont.) on rural school services
  • Rachel Smethers-Winters (Akron, Ohio) on delivering instruction online
  • Tania K. Lyon (Mankato, Minn.) on program evaluation as a wakeup call
  • John Alberts (Austin, Minn.) on reaching the underrepresented
      

The Stories They Tell About the Gifted

BY LINDA S. CONLON

The author’s doctoral study of how superintendents view gifted education today relates to their personal and professional encounters in their pasts. The stories influenced the people who told them, revealing what was important to them in addressing the needs of gifted students.

  • Three wide-ranging superintendents’ narratives

 

The Obstacles Deterring Gifted Education

BY CHESTER E. FINN JR. AND BRANDON L. WRIGHT

State policies and minimal federal funding can hinder, but school systems have the capacity to adopt practices to better serve their brightest students, according to the co-authors of Failing Our Brightest Kids.

 

Our Detracked System: College Curriculum for All

BY WILLIAM H. JOHNSON

For the past two decades, the 3,600-student Rockville Centre, N.Y., district has accelerated instruction for students of every ability level and a range of socioeconomic backgrounds. The superintendent for the entirety of that period describes the district’s inclusive practices.




 
 Frontline

STARTING POINT

The particular issues that confront gifted education make for lively reading.


STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Legal Counsel on Contracts

AASA study findings on use of a lawyer to negotiate the superintendent’s contract.


BEST OF THE BLOGS

 

Five blog posts bearing thoughtful reflections from AASA members around the country.

 

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
A Penalty on the Handoff

The wife of a fired high school coach (and a teacher herself) mails copies of the football team’s playbook to upcoming opponents.
 

LEGAL BRIEF
When 'Dear Colleague' Isn't a Friendly Greeting

BY NANCY F. KRENT

Appropriate responses when a school district receives a letter from the Office of Civil Rights about a claim of discrimination.

 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Showing Respect to Your Meeting Visitors

BY BRAD HUGHES

Strategies for handling public passion at board meetings. Start by sharing rules of how meetings are conducted, what is permissible and what is out of bounds.

 

TECH LEADERSHIP
Aspirational Data Practices for Student Privacy

BY KEITH R. KRUEGER

How student data should best be protected is addressed in a new set of guiding beliefs from the education community.

 

MY VIEW
Harmful Assumptions About Students With Disabilities

BY LAURA A. SCHIFTER

With high expectations, educators can have a profound impact on students whose learning needs fall outside the “typical.”

 

MY VIEW
The Downside of Humble Frugality

BY KEN DESIEGHARDT

School districts often make do with limited resources to keep patrons from worrying. But such humbleness can backfire.

 

MY VIEW
Leading by Tether Through the Storms

BY PATTY KERO

A true tale about the connected nature of leadership, learned by a future superintendent growing up in northern Alberta.

 

MY VIEW
A Super Superintendent? Not Really

BY CHRIS LEE NICASTRO

The author says she left “the best job in education” when she moved from a superintendency to a state commissionership.

  

READING & RESOURCES 

  • Book Reviews
  • Abstracts
  • Bits & Pieces
      
Insight

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Connecting ‘Heroes’ on LeadershipExcellence

BY DAVID R. SCHULER

AASA’s president considers his superintendent colleagues among our nation’s everyday champions of children.


 

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Finding Your Affinity Through AASAConsortiums

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH

Your association coordinates programs to engage members in areas of interest, allowing interaction and collaboration among colleagues nationwide.

 

PEOPLE WATCH

Our monthly compilation of who’s moved up and who’s moved into retirement.
 

PROFILE: MaryEllen Elia

BY LIZ GRIFFIN

The new state commissioner in New York found ways as a superintendent to apply admirable leadership qualities to harrowing scenarios.


 
 

Plus


READER REPLY

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Health & Wellness

BY MERRI ROSENBERG

School districts are discovering changing needs in what equipment to provide students.

 

LEADERSHIP LITE