December 2022: School Administrator
Community-Based Schooling and Partnerships
This magazine issue examines the case for community school districts and external connections.
Leveraging Purposeful Partnerships
Three considerations when looking outside the district to increase leverage and capacity for organizational improvement.
Words on Wheels for Success in a Tax Election
The story of how a suburban Minnesota school district bounced back from defeat at the polls when new school revenues were desperately needed.
Community Schools Blend and Braid Federal, State and Local Funding
What does it cost to operate community schools?
Partnerships Empower Community Schools and a Healthier Public
The power in community partnerships to serve.
Top factors that might drive superintendents from their posts.
Sharing a Lunchroom Virus
Is a supervisor obliged to inform employees about a colleague testing positive for COVID-19? Our panel weighs in.
When Athletic Coaching Turns Abusive
A New Jersey-based attorney on how the law informs anti-bullying measures involving staff.
Readiness for the School Board Newbies
Helping incoming board members understand their responsibilities upon entering the post.
Customer Service Delivery to Parents
Easy access to information, timely responses and efficiency add up to superior support for families.
Three Avenues for Sustaining One’s Leadership
Practical measures for administrators’ self-renewal at the school year’s midpoint.
Protecting Your School District’s Reputation
When fast-spreading online misinformation consumed her district, a director of communications learned a few effective countering tactics.
Interdependence of Schools and Communities
Active community partnerships require the district’s focus on three key areas.
The Essential Place of Integrated Agencies
How community partnerships increase focus on the needs of the whole child.
Broadening Students’ Skills and Readiness Beyond School
The fourth column in our series showcases Ephrata, Pa., one of AASA Learning 2025’s Lighthouse school districts.
Serious About Engaging All Parties
The superintendent in Chesapeake, Va., has a winning formula for communicating data.
Jay P. Goldman
Schools and Communities Intertwined
I’ve spent a lot of time watching webinars on all sorts of subjects in K-12 education over the past couple of years, which has been a great learning regimen for a desk-based editor. In recent months, there’s been plenty of online opportunities to learn about full-service community schools, a concept that makes so much sense at this moment coming out of a disruptive public health crisis.
The Learning Policy Institute has been at the center of promoting the concept, especially as the U.S. Department of Education prepared this fall to receive grant applications for the use of $68 million, the largest-ever funding for community schooling. Grant announcements are expected soon.
Anna Maier, a lead policy adviser at the Learning Policy Institute, serves as our principal contributor on the subject this month. She has worked on community school implementation with several school districts and draws heavily on that knowledge in her writing. Our readers may find her companion article on the blending and braiding of federal, state and local funds of particular value.
Both AASA President Shari Camhi (“Interdependence of Schools and Communities,”) and Executive Director Dan Domenech (“The Essential Place of Integrated Agencies,”) have important messages, as well, about community schools.
Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator