The School Administrator

October 1998Sizing Up PrincipalsPeer assessments, performance contracts, evaluation instruments

Features

  • Holding Principals Accountable

    by DOUGLAS B. REEVES


    Based on his consulting in various schools, an assessment consultant serves up advice for effectively evaluating site administrators. Doug Reeves is president of the Center for Performance Assessment, Denver, Colo. Also: Two professors at Sam Houston State University, Genevieve Brown and Beverly J. Irby, offer seven policy considerations for district leadership.

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  • Instruments for Evaluation

    by LARRY LASHWAY


    The careful choice of a formal assessment instrument can lend depth and breadth to performance reviews of principals. Larry Lashway is coordinator of the collaborative teacher education program at Grays Harbor College, Aberbeen, Wash., and a research analyst with the ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management. Also: A summary of assessment tools and what to do after the assessment.

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  • Leadership Skills in School and Business

    by JAMES H. STRONGE


    Can leadership attributes from the corporate world be applied to the school arena? James Stronge, the Heritage professor of education at the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., makes the connections. Also: Additional reading.

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  • Principals Evaluating Peers

    by LIBIA S. GIL


    The superintendent in Chula Vista, Calif., details how her district turned to its site administrators to promote their own leadership capacity. Also: What principals think of peer review.

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  • Performance Contracts for Principals

    by ROD PAIGE, SUSAN SCLAFANI and MICHAEL J. JIMENEZ


    To attract a new breed of building leaders, the Houston Public Schools offer higher pay for heightened expectations and less job security. Rod Paige is superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, Houston, Texas. Susan Sclafani is the district's chief of staff for educational services and Michael J. Jimenez is deputy superintendent for human resources.

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  • Autocrats, Bureaucrats and Buffoons: Images of Principals

    by JEFFREY GLANZ


    Stereotypical attributes of school leaders emerge from the author's study of films and TV sitcoms over the past generation. Jeffrey Glanz is an associate professor of education at Kean University, Union, N.J.

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Profile

    Clarence P. Penn Jr. by JAY P. GOLDMAN


    Retired superintendent, Surry County, Va.

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    Departments

    Focus

    The Rules for Rule-Making in Education by LARRY L. BURRISS and KATHLEEN P. GLASCOTT


    Professor of journalism, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Kathleen P. Glascott, associate professor of elementary and special education, Middle Tennessee State University


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    Focus

    Tightening Security Through Phone Line Pictures by DON SADLER



    Director of facilities management, Huntsville City School District, Huntsville, Ala.

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    Guest Column

    Why an M.B.A. Compares Favorably to a Doctorate by STAN FORTUNA JR.



    Superintendent, Oakridge Public Schools, Muskegeon, Mich.

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    Federal Dateline

    Ireland's Loss Remains Our Gain by ANDREW J. ROTHERHAM


    Legislative specialist, AASA

    Focus

    Attending to One's Inner Needs by CHARLES PATTERSON



    Superintendent, Killeen Independent School District, Killeen, Texas

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    Guest Column

    The Eye of the Storm: One Year Later by William H. Dodson



    Superintendent, Pearl Public Schools, Pearl, Miss.

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    President's Corner

    Is the Grass Greener Across the Atlantic? by Daniel A. Domenech


    President, AASA

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