The School Administrator

Sept 1999

September 1999 Number 8, Vol. 56Engagement, Not EnragementWhat it means to build and sustain relations with the public

Features

  • The Tough Sledding of District-Led Engagement

    by JEFFREY S. KIMPTON AND JONATHAN W. CONSIDINE

    The Annenberg Institute finds school leaders in several communities are shaping the dynamics of reform through meaningful involvement of parents, citizens and community leaders.

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  • The Sad State of Education Coverage

    by JOSEPH P. BATORY

    Despite news reports on his own district that ranged between bizarre and sensational, a superintendent sees a new opening for better media relationships.

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  • Finding the Public in Public Engagement

    by DAVID MATHEWS and RANDALL NIELSEN

    What promise do public-building strategies hold for educators? The Kettering Foundation offers ideas for reconnecting public schools to the larger community.

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  • Connecting the Disconnected

    by LARRY LEVERETT

    To overcome widespread cynicism, the superintendent in Plainfield, N.J., uses his bully pulpit to convene community members in dialogue.

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  • From Public Enragement to Engagement

    by JEFFREY S. ARNETT

    The director for communications for the Rockwood, Mo., schools details his district's venture to restore public confidence.

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  • Rebuilding the Stock of Social Capital

    by THOMAS H. SANDER and ROBERT D. PUTNAM

    Schools have a leading role to play in reversing the decline in civic connectedness, according to the author of "Bowling Alone."

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Profile

    James E. Barker



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    Departments

    Focus

    Altering the Public's Image to Match Reality by JON WEIDLICH


    Director of school-community relations, Lakota Local School District, West Chester, Ohio


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    Getting Your Message on the Air by CINDY HORCHEM


    Assistant professor of mass media, Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., and G. KENT STEWART, professor of educational administration, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.


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    Professional Growth Plans Offer Alternative to Teacher Checklists by STEPHEN G. BARKLEY and REGINA COHN


    Executive Vice President, Performance Learning Systems, Emerson, N.J., and REGINA COHN, associate superintendent, Roosevelt, N.Y., School District

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    Mentoring for Superintendents on Service Learning by CYNTHIA PARSONS


    Founder and coordinator, SerVermont, Chester, Vt.

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    President's Corner

    Bemoaning Fate Won't Garner Public Support by JOSEPH J. CIRASUOLO


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    Guest Columns

    Out of the Classroom But Not Out of Teaching by GEORGE BESCULIDES


    Superintendent, American Community Schools, Athens, Greece


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    Going Back to School as Principal by KATHRYN S. WHITAKER


    Professor of educational leadership, University of Northern Colorado, College of Education, Greeley, Colo.

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    Who Motivates the Motivator? by JULIE BARTKUS


    President, Motivate Teachers, Lowell, Mass.


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    Executive Perspective

    To Lead My Trek, I Pick Scotty by Paul D. Houston



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