The School Administrator

May 2011 Cover

May 2011 Number 5, Vol. 68Latino Leadership and LearningPromising practices for English learners, and fast tracking underserved students



    Personal Adversity, Professional Excellence by PAUL RIEDE

    Penny Fisher endured a lot of personal adversity early in life, but lately she’s been recognized for her professional excellence as one of the four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year.

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    Punchback: Answering Critics

    Reasons for Wariness About ‘Evidence-Based’ Claims by WILLIAM J. MATHIS

    When free-market-oriented think tanks wave around glossy reports touting research-supported findings, all too often the ideas are advanced by vested interest groups. Readers must be cautious.

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    How Parent-Friendly Are Your Schools? by STEPHANIE D. SANDIFER

    A short list of questions compiled by a former district administrator for gauging how welcoming your campuses feel to visitors.

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    A Referendum Campaign Mounted on a District Website by GEOFFREY W. ZOELLER JR.

    Tactics of a New Jersey school district that primarily used electronic communication tools to gain public approval of a $17 million building referendum.

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    Guest Columns

    What Hospitals Can Teach Us About Performance by JUSTIN D. BAEDER

    While tending to a premature newborn for three weeks, the author, an elementary principal, drew parallels between delivery of service in hospitals and schools.

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    Going Back to School … at Age 62 by DENNIS W. KELLISON

    What would motivate someone with 20 years in the superintendency to enter a doctoral program in organizational leadership just months into his retirement?

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    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    A One-Team Mentality by JOE S. FRONTIERA

    What to do when you inherit a board culture that features an us versus them dynamic? Though it may be hard to know where to start, the author discusses five measures to cultivate a more productive working environment.

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    President's Corner

    Something to Ponder by EDGAR B. HATRICK

    Diane Ravitch’s words to the assembled at AASA’s national conference in Denver continue to reverberate. She served compelling criticism of federal efforts, calling out those leaders “who misled either intentionally or from lack of understanding.”

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    Executive Perspective

    The Unfortunate Devolution of Bilingual Instruction by DANIEL A. DOMENECH

    As a young administrator, one of his first projects involved training teachers to be effective in bilingual classrooms. AASA’s executive director still is fighting for educational opportunity for Latino students.

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    With the end of the school year in sight, the list of superintendent retirements grows large. This month’s transitions also include some recent promotions.

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