The School Administrator

February 1998The Consulting BoomHow to hire and best use outside experts in your schools

Features

  • The Consulting Boom

    by DONNA HARRINGTON-LUEKER


    School districts are turning to consultants for reasons of economics, accountability and expertise. Also, the role of change agents from the outside and free advice from some consultants. Donna Harrington-Lueker is a free-lance education writer based in Newport, R.I.

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  • Getting the Results You Want

    by CAROL PECK and DEE ANN SPENCER


    Be sure you define the purpose first, then spell out the particulars when you bring a consultant into your schools. Also, one imaginative use and looking to your local university for help. Carol Peck is superintendent of the Alhambra School District, Phoenix, Ariz., and Dee Ann Spencer is a senior research specialist in the College of Education at Arizona State University.

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  • Why Look Elsewhere?: Improving Schools From Within

    by RICHARD P. DUFOUR


    Outsiders don’t necessarily hold the answers for the professional growth of your staff. This veteran superintendent in Lincolnshire, Ill., says school context is the most significant factor. Also, questions to consider when you must seek an outside consultant.

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  • The Consultant From Oz Syndrome

    by GARNETT J. SMITH


    Don’t expect a great wizard to solve the problems that ought to be addressed through dialogue and collective actions of administrators and staff, says this University of Hawaii professor. Also, additional resources.

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  • So You Want To Be an Educational Consultant?

    by JOEL RADIN


    A former district superintendent describes his odyssey into the world of consulting and keynote speaking. Also, advice for the wannabe consultant. Joel Radin is a motivational speaker and educational consultant.

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  • The Private Sector Beckons

    by KRISTA RAMSEY


    Corporate America sees much to like in the management and sales skills of superintendents, who are moving into the upper echelon of private industry. Krista Ramsey, a columnist for The Cincinnati Enquirer, is a free-lance education writer in Cincinnati.

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  • My Life as CEO

    by VERNON JOHNSON


    The mission may be similar, but this ex-superintendent turned corporate executive relishes the stimulation--and doesn’t miss the fishbowl--in his new worklife. Vernon Johnson is chief executive officer of Voyager Expanding Learning, Dallas, Texas

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Profile

    John W. Jordan by JAY P. GOLDMAN



    Superintendent, Oxford School District, Oxford, Miss.

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    Departments

    Focus

    In Dealing With the Press, A Nose for News Can Help by CINDY HORCHEM and G. KENT STEWART



    Instructor of mass media, Washburn University, Topeka, Kan., and G. Kent Stewart, professor of educational administration, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan.

     

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    Guest Column

    Why I’m Giving Up on School Boards by LEE M. SILVER



    Professor, department of molecular biology, Princeton University, Princeton, N.J.

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    Federal Dateline

    An Eye on Congress’ Twisted Trail by NICK PENNING



    Policy analyst, AASA

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    Focus

    Opening Impressions Can Dictate Your Chances by RALPH LIEBER


    Superintendent, South Orange-Maplewood Schools, N.J. and president of Educational Agents Inc., South Orange, N.J.

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    President's Corner

    Keeping Our Eyes on the Real Target by Karl V. Hertz


    President, AASA

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