School Administrator

 

May 2012

Differentiated Instruction

 

How to move past the sticking points

May 2012                                       Number 5 Vol. 69 

Features

Common Sticking Points About Differentiation
BY CAROL ANN TOMLINSON AND MARCIA B. IMBEAU
The foremost authority on differentiation recites the 10 most likely objections and excuses and suggests how you can address teachers’ hesitancy.

Differentiation: A Strategic Response to Student Needs
BY KELLY A. HEDRICK
The Virginia Beach schools have embraced a new instructional philosophy, in part by tying it to teacher evaluation.

The Promise of Single-Sex Classes
BY SANDRA STOTSKY
Based on her study of five schools, a university researcher finds satisfaction among parents and educators … and a readiness to quash all gender-based classrooms before key questions are settled. 

The Inspirational Leader
BY MARK D. BENIGNI AND MARK A. HUGHES
What can district leadership do to support educators’ dreams and nurture their creative visions? The board president and superintendent in Meriden, Conn., share their ideas.

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor touts School Administrator's role as a conveyor of creative solutions to common issues.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Sharp insights in four blog postings by superintendents across the country.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR 
The Delayed Dismissal

Our panel tackles the thorny issue of minimizing the disruption to students over the firing of a teacher who admits to having an affair with an 11th grader.

LEGAL BRIEF
Who Should Negotiate Your Contract?
BY MAREE F. SNEED
Having negotiated more than 50 times for superintendents, the author sees a strong rationale for hiring your own counsel to settle the terms of a new contract. Relying on the board’s attorney may not be in your best interest. 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Building on Common Ground

BY MICHAEL T. ADAMSON
How can the superintendent harness the expertise of the school board to help in reaching the public’s expectations?  

FOCUS
Dealing With Outrageous Online Comments

BY FRANCES L. O’REILLY
Using supportive community members to combat false assertions on news media’s public comment boards.

MY VIEW
Ensuring Summer Isn’t a Vacation From Learning
BY WILL MILLER
The Wallace Foundation president on preventing students’ backward slides.

OUR VIEW
School Reform With Good Ears

BY MONTE MOSES AND JIM NELSON
Lasting improvements in learning will only succeed when adults recognize this: Students are hungry to be heard.

MY VIEW
Reversing the Downslide of Student Enthusiasm

BY LEE JENKINS
His survey of 2,000 teachers raises wonder about the decline of students’ motivation from kindergarten through 9th grade.

ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
A dissertation examines perceptions in a school district enduring a series of controversies, including the turnover of the superintendency six times in 13 years.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
What motivated Shawn Jospeh to write The Principal's Guide to the First 100 Days of the School Year.

BOOK REVIEWS

BookBreakingFree 

Breaking Free From Myths About Teaching and Learning
by Allison Zmuda
Reviewed by
Anne S. McKenzie

BookFullEngagement!

Full Engagement!
by Brian Tracy
Reviewed by
Jim D. Hattabaugh

BookKeepingandImproving

Keeping and Improving Today's School Leaders
by Bruce S. Cooper and Sharon Conley
Reviewed by
Linda Gray Smith

BookPerfectTest

The Perfect Test 
by Ron Dietel
Reviewed by
Zach Kelehear

BookSchoolBoardsinAmerica

School Boards in America
by Gene I. Maeroff
Reviewed by 
Joseph W. Rudnicki

BookValueAddedMeasures

Value-Added Measures
in Education

by Douglas N. Harris
Reviewed by
Lane B. Mills


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Differentiated or Customized?

BY PATRICIA E. NEUDECKER
In a new way of thinking, student learning must become the constant with time, place, space and staffing the new variables.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Connecticut’s Model for Transformation
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
A state’s well-received plan for personalizing education for students

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 
Program Evaluation Made Easy

BY BENJAMIN T. SAYESKI
A consulting firm that pulls together all the data pieces for a school district. 

PEOPLE WATCH 
This month’s collection of AASA members on the move professionally.

PROFILE
Diane L. Frost

As one door has closed, this superintendent has discovered another worth opening, leading to national recognition for her leadership.

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READER REPLY (Letters)


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