School Administrator

 

April 2012

Management After a Crisis

 

Coping and Leading When Disaster
Strikes A School District

April 2012                                       Number 4 Vol. 69 

Features

When Crises Call
BY MARIAN KISCH
Four stories of professional responses and personal coping by superintendents in the aftermath of a lethal tornado, massive flooding, the shooting death of a principal and the fatality of four varsity football players in a car crash.

The Political and Cultural Complications of Bullying
BY SCOTT LAFEE
All but two states have anti-bullying laws on their books mandating preventive measures and responses from school districts. But these laws don’t stem fractious disputes, waged by outside forces, over how to combat abusive behavior.

The Basics of Cyberbullying
BY BRIDGET ROBERTS-PITTMAN, JULIE SLAVENS AND
BRADLEY V. BALCH
What are the legal considerations for punishing student behavior that originates off school grounds and during nonschool hours?

The Post-Crisis Crisis: Managing Parent and Media Communications
BY KENNETH S. TRUMP
On matters of school safety, what makes the biggest difference is the leader’s understanding of social media and the ability to craft messages that matter.

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor’s admiration of superintendents who are thrust unexpectedly into leading communities through the aftermath of all manner of serious crises.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Short postings with keen insight by five superintendents: David Britten, Daniel Frazier, Chris Kennedy, Cynthia Lane, and Michael Smith. 

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Hallway Propaganda

Our panel of ethicists assess the case of a teacher who insists on sharing his partisan political beliefs on his classroom’s hallway door.

LEGAL BRIEF
Superintendent Accountability for Employees’ Abuse
BY MICHELE V. HANDZEL
Protecting the welfare of students means taking appropriate action within a reasonable amount of time after learning of allegations of wrongdoing by a staff member. Failure to act promptly led to a criminal jury’s indictment of one superintendent in upstate New York. 

TECH LEADERSHIP
Rethinking Technology Restrictions in School

BY SCOTT MCLEOD
Are school leaders’ fears overblown, leading to unwarranted bans on cell phone use by students and air-tight Internet filters?

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Humiliating a District Employee in Public
BY RICHARD E. MAYER
What could one superintendent have done to short-circuit a board member’s terrible tirade at a public meeting? 

FOCUS
Preparing Our District to Compete Internationally

BY CHRISTOPHER P. CLOUET
The White Plains, N.Y., district has devised a model with global facets, which include an internationally focused curricula, the study of Portuguese, Chinese and Russian languages and overseas partnerships.

MY VIEW
Value Driven

BY R. GERARD LONGO
When he became a superintendent, the author began by outlining his core values in writing and committed to annually re-examining them.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
A recent doctoral dissertation looked at superintendents’ new solutions to current economic constraints.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Professor Vicki Gunther answers, "Why I Wrote This Book ... ."

BOOK REVIEWS

BookCordofThreeStrands 

A Cord of Three Strands
by Soo Hong
Reviewed by
Jerry Horgen

BookCustomizedSchooling

 Customized Schooling
by Frederick M. Hess and Bruno V. Manno
Reviewed by
Valerie A. Storey

BookDreamCreateSustain

Dream! Create! Sustain!
by Francis M. Duffy
Reviewed by
Jim Hattabaugh

BookFindingPreparingandSupporting

Finding, Preparing, and Supporting School Leaders 
by Sharon Conley and Bruce S. Cooper
Reviewed by
Leon T. Hobbs

BookFromSilostoSystems

From Silos to Systems
by Sally B. Kilgore and Karen J. Reynolds
Reviewed by Justin B. Henry

BookSuccessfulGrantWriting

Successful Grant Writing for School Leaders
by Kenneth T. Henson
Reviewed by
Robert S. McCord


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Strength in Crisis

BY PATRICIA E. NEUDECKER
In times of crisis in a school community, it’s caring staff and community that, when put to the test, make the biggest difference of all.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Four Who Epitomize the Work of Many

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
A perennial opportunity for AASA’s executive director to cheer for a quartet who shine in “one of the toughest jobs in America.”

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 
Connecting Teacher Wish Lists With Donors

BY BOB THACKER
An organization whose mission is to provide teachers with needed supplies. 

PEOPLE WATCH 
Superintendents on the move to new positions or leaving their posts for retirement.

PROFILE
Heath E. Morrison

BY JAY P. GOLDMAN
One of the youngest recipients of the National Superintendent of the Year award calls himself “a teacher on special assignment.”


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READER REPLY (Letters)


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