The School Administrator

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September 2010 Number 8 Vol. 67Doctorates OnlineThey offer convenience and flexibility to educators, but some doubts linger


  • Online Doctorates for Administrators

    by KATE BEEM

    The convenience and flexibility of working on advanced degrees through online courses, along with the loosening skepticism toward such programs, is contributing to substantial gains in popularity in the ranks of educational leadership.

    Similar Reading: Universities Offering Online Doctorates and Gauging Legitimacy of Online Degrees

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  • Online Credentials: A State of Wariness


    The author’s survey of district personnel directors turned up plenty of reluctance toward hiring principal candidates with online credentials. He shares five findings.

    Similar Reading: Asking Hard Questions About Online Preparation

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  • The Pursuit of an Online Doctorate: Three Experiences


    In personal accounts, three sitting superintendents discuss what motivated them to pursue their doctorates in educational leadership through one of the online degree-granting programs. The authors oversee school districts in Croswell, Mich.; Ripon, Calif.; and Plymouth, Mass., respectively.

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  • Interdisciplinary Doctorates


    The introduction of new graduate degree programs for current and aspiring school administrators that combine financial, entrepreneurial and innovation skills from M.B.A.s with instructional leadership preparation.

    Similar Reading: Degrees Designed for the Reform Minded and Harvard Launches a Practice-Based Doctorate

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    Modeling Service for Good Results by Jay P. Goldman

    As superintendent of a 19,600-student district, Valerie Page Truesdale has thrown her all into the life of the classroom.

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    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Aspirin (and More) for an Ailing Relationship by DARCI D’ERCOLE-McGINN

    Having worked with dozens of school boards, the author identified some common patterns that can poison the relationship between superintendents and boards and concocted antidotes to cure each situation.

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    Using a Group Process in Teacher Hiring by THOMAS A. KERSTEN

    Seeking teacher selection based on more than gut reaction, a veteran suburban superintendent created a collaborative approach that increased the number of strong hires. All nine administrators in the district participated in at least one part of the process.

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    The Principals’ Checklist by JOHN C. WALKER

    Dissatisfied by the follow-up activity of his district’s administrative staff after monthly meetings, the author devised a process for ensuring everyone received the same message and handled the appropriate follow-through on priority issues.

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    Guest Columns

    Power and Impact: The Superintendent as Student Mentor by JOSEPH M. PORTO

    To recapture the allure of his profession before he retires, a superintendent formed a year-long relationship with two troubled boys in his school district.

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    Common Core Standards Without National Testing? by JAMES L. WILSON

    A state board of education member in Delaware believes the use of wide-ranging philosophies and practices in schools demand a national test to give parents a realistic understanding of their children’s performance level.

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    Tech Leadership

    Misconceptions of Student Affinity for All Things Digital by JIM HIRSCH

    A disconnect in perceptions between educators and students can cause unintended consequences in the use of technology resources in schools, says the assistant superintendent in the Plano, Texas, district.

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    President's Corner

    Networking in the New World by EDGAR B. HATRICK

    Gone are the days of students sitting quietly in rows, listening to their teachers lecture in front of a blackboard. At all levels today, online delivery of instruction is the thing.

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    Executive Perspective

    An Education in South Africa by DANIEL A. DOMENECH

    A People to People excursion program revealed a familiar pattern — the extreme disparity in a country’s quality of schools dictated by a community’s wealth.

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    AASA School Solutions

    Supporting Technology in an Era of Budget Cuts by JOHN RAYMOND

    The introduction of webware tools to address a threatened pandemic, as well as more common information management needs.

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    Our monthly compilation of appointments, retirements and deaths in the superinten-d-ent ranks. The Sidelight subject totes the distinction of coaching varsity football for the decade he’s been the superintendent.

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