School Administrator

 

August 2012

Strategic
Staffing

 

Landing your best forces in
schools with greatest needs

August 2012                                       Number 7 Vol. 69 

Features

Strategic Staffing
BY ANN B. CLARK
The five tenets of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s initiative that places the most skilled educators in the district’s schools with the most severe learning needs.

Leading the Wagon Train
BY SUZANNE L. GIMENEZ
A self-described take-charge principal details how she’s used strategic staffing to turn around a floundering school in Charlotte, N.C.

Turnaround Principal Competencies
BY LUCY STEINER AND SHARON KEBSCHULL BARRETT
Even the best principals may be thwarted in tough turnarounds by staff members or parents. How do you identify individuals with the leadership skills to persist in such cases? 

Hiring for Attitude
BY DAWN EGAMI HUCKABY
Nevada’s Washoe County schools look beyond the credentials of prospective teachers to examine their behaviors, core beliefs and demonstration of those beliefs in a classroom setting. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Capital in Turnaround Schools
BY KRISTEN FERRIS
Success in recruiting top talent to the neediest schools and retaining them seems focused on changing working conditions, based on the experiences of three districts.


Frontline

STARTING POINT
Our magazine’s upcoming themes and how you can contribute.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Excerpts of six insightful blog postings by superintendents.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Reserved for Heavy Hitters

Coveted parking spaces for high-ranking officials only?

LEGAL BRIEF
The Riskiness of Retaliation by Employers
BY V. WAYNE YOUNG
Whistle-blower protections apply to claims by district staff. 

TECH LEADERSHIP
What Superintendents Can Learn From Twitter
BY DANIEL L. FRAZIER
Messages of only 140 characters can effect significant change.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
There’s Always the Next Board Election

BY DONALD R. McADAMS
A cozy board/superintendent relationship is overturned by a board election.

MY VIEW
Imposing a Scarlet Letter on America’s Teachers
BY CHARLES MARANZANO JR.
A veteran superintendent wonders whether the publication of teachers’ individual performance ratings is intended to shame marginal teachers into higher levels of productivity. 

MY VIEW
The High-Flying Power of a Team

BY MARY ALICE HEUSCHEL
A rich metaphor in a superintendent’s 45-minute flight with the Blue Angels.

OUR VIEW
Will Superintendent Talent Emerge From Conflict?

BY PAUL D. KNOWLES AND GORDON A. DONALDSON JR.
What becomes of the pipeline when candidates see the role as turbulent?



Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A doctoral study on superintendents of color in addressing achievement of marginalized students.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Author Harold Kwalwasser on "Why I Wrote ..." Renewal: Remaking America's Schools for the 21st Century.

BOOK REVIEWS

 BooksValueAddedAnalysis  

How to Use Value-Added Analysis to Improve Student Learning
by Kate Kennedy, Mary Peters and Mike Thomas
Reviewed by
Charles V. Khoury

BooksIUsedtoThink

I Used to Think ... and Now I Think ...
edited by Richard F. Elmore
Reviewed by
Diane E. Reed

BooksLivingSchool

The Living School
by Jerry Rice
Reviewed by 
Donald Trombley

BooksMorethanaSmartGoal

More than a SMART Goal 
by Anne E. Conzemius and Terry Morganti-Fisher
Reviewed by 
Linda Gray Smith

BooksSimplyBetter

Simply Better
by Bryan Goodwin
Reviewed by 
Jim Frenck

BooksWorkingwithDifficult

Working with Difficult and Resistant Staff
by John F. Eller and
Sheila A. Eller
Reviewed by
William J. Leary


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
The People in Schools Determine Success

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
The debut column of AASA’s new president.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
One Whammy After Another
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Can districts overcome the economic recession to meet escalating expectations?

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
The Other New Normal

BY SUHAIL FAROOQUI
The challenge of communicating with and surveying your district’s stakeholders.
 

PEOPLE WATCH 
Our monthly tally of appointments, retirements and deaths in the member ranks. Sidelight shines on Todd Lettow, a trumpeter.

PROFILE
Susan S. Bunting
BY BETSY SAMSON
Her student experience influenced Selbyville, Del.’s, superintendent.
 

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READER REPLY (Letters)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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