March 2023: School Administrator
Multidisciplinary Teams Tackle School Safety
The co-founder of a national advocacy group in Newtown, Conn., on a holistic approach that incorporates staff at various levels to create a safe environment.
Addressing Student Mental Health With an Eye on What’s Ahead
How you deploy the staff you have can make a big difference in the delivery of much-needed services.
Schools as Mental Health Providers
Despite a widespread shortage of specialists, resource help and partnerships are available to frontline educators through a new AASA cohort.
The age of superintendents now versus 20 years ago.
A Chasm Between History and Politics
Our panel analyzes a superintendent’s response to a parent complaint concerning a history lesson about the Tulsa Massacre.
What To Avoid When Working With a School Attorney
A helpful checklist for dealing efficiently and cost-effectively with your school district’s lawyer.
A Parting Gift Before Departing the Board
Tangible ways to support board members in preparation for their search for a superintendent successor, paving the way for a smooth transition.
The Humanizing Power of Podcasting
A district administrator finds hosting a podcast to be a unique way to communicate with students, parents and employees.
Finding Our Present in Our Past
A deep dive into his district’s archives lets a superintendent in a rural community in New York ponder his recent decisions.
A Soon-to-Be Lost Generation of Educators
A New Jersey superintendent on what it means to the field to lose the dedicated service of those like a 35-year educator in his district.
Seven Keys to Working With Local Media
A public relations specialist’s ideas for effective press connections.
It’s About ‘the Why’ Behind the Problem
Digging deeper into the reasons we need mental health supports in schools.
A Newcomer’s Take on a Continuing Mission
The debut column of AASA’s new executive director considers the work facing education leaders moving forward.
Convergence of Digital Learning for Staff and Students Alike
The seventh column in a series about AASA demonstration districts spotlights the Elizabeth Forward School District in western Pennsylvania.
An Inspiring Presence on Social Media
A superintendent in California knows how to inspire and connect with her peers through social media.
Jay P. Goldman
Assessing Threats Deftly
Perhaps one of the most sensitive facets of safety in schools right now involves the work of assessing potential threats of students to commit violent actions.
That’s the topic thoughtfully explored by Dewey Cornell in his piece “Behavioral Threat Assessment and Intervention in Schools." A forensic psychologist who has advised federal law enforcement, Cornell takes great pains to ensure the prevention measures of threat assessment are applied with care in K-12 education. He details the most common misconceptions about threat assessment and the potential dangers when applied in a zero-tolerance environment.
This issue also features the work of Michele Gay, co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. The national advocacy and training group is based in Newtown, Conn., where Gay lost her daughter Josephine Grace in the mass tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. In her article “Multidisciplinary Teams Tackle School Safety," she describes a more holistic approach for security that incorporates an array of staff roles.
Other contributions to this theme issue on safety and mental wellness include Deanna Ashby, a former superintendent in Kentucky, and Anne Brown of the Cook Center for Human Connection.
We welcome your comments.
Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator