November 2022: School Administrator
Social Media and School Culture
This issue examines the effects of social media on wellbeing and school culture.
Strategic Reshaping of Culture to Advance Equity
Co-authors of a new book on organizational culture as an essential element for making progress on the equity front.
Growing a Great Culture for Work and Learning
Effective leadership strategies that can contribute to a more productive culture in schools.
Student Board Member: Social Media as an Assault Tool
A student member of the board in a Maryland district on her experience facing harsh attacks on Twitter.
Distractions Are Gone Along With Our Phones
A middle school principal in California explains the no-cellphone policy.
How We Use Social Media To Tell Our Story
How the Arlington Heights, Ill. school district uses social media to its advantage.
Our Joint Push for Social Media Firms to Stop Phony School Accounts
Leaders of two education associations on their letter to major social media firms.
Male and female superintendents turn to attorneys differently when negotiating employment agreements.
One Strike Against Another
Should a superintendent comply with the board’s instruction to dismiss union leadership after a one-day work stoppage?
When Public Records Requests Become ‘Weaponized’
Inundated with coordinated information requests intended to disrupt schools or create false narratives, how ought school district leaders proceed?
Uniqueness of Evaluation by a Lay Board
Clarity in how the school board assesses its superintendent must start with this question: Is the current process moving the school district forward?
What My Child With Down Syndrome Taught Me
How parenthood informs a superintendent about making schools more inclusive and integrated.
The Children Are Watching Us
In a dreadfully confusing world, young people model their behavior on the adults they know and observe.
Elevating Support for New Assistant Principals
A district in Massachusetts extends its support of new administrators through individualized mentoring.
Social Media and Positive School Culture
Managing social network use so that it stays pure.
Our Concerns About Social Media’s Major Downsides
The ups and downs of technology as a powerful ally or potential danger.
Naperville’s Essential Integration of SEL
The third column in a year-long series showcasing each of the AASA Learning 2025’s Lighthouse school districts.
Deep Connections to Her Community
Hartford’s superintendent builds relations with families to enable students to reach their goals.
Jay P. Goldman
Hope for Technology’s Better Uses
When it comes to the place of smartphones and social media in society, it’s impossible to restore the genie to the bottle. Yet educators have a duty to limit the havoc these forces can exact on schools and their students and staff.
Technology empowers us all, yet it’s individuals who hold the power to shape the world of education. Making our schools healthier and more productive places requires better policies and practices — the message that I hope emerges from our coverage of cellphone use in schools and social media use in school systems in this month’s issue.
As more school districts begin to limit cellphone use in schools, Delaney Ruston’s article, “Containing Cellphone Harm,” and Matthew Burnham’s companion piece, “Distractions Are Gone Along With Our Phones,” are especially timely. So too is the writing by superintendents Mark Benigni and David Schuler on their districts’ uses of social media.
But if we need any further reminders about the harmful downsides of these forces, I commend your attention to the article by Hana O’Looney, who spent last year as the student member of a school board, and the call for action at major social media firms by leaders of two national organizations.
Remember, educators do hold the power in their hands.
Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator