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Faith in the Classroom

 

Bible classes, comparative religion electives,
Muslim students, common ground

October 2012                                       Number 9 Vol. 69 

Features

Beyond Tolerance
BY DAVID S. DOTY
Dealing with religious belief in public schools need not be full of emotion and conflict. A superintendent in Utah shares his strategies for creating a civil atmosphere in increasingly diverse communities.
 
Electing Comparative Religion
BY KATHY WILDMAN ZINGER
The author developed a popular high school course on world religions, but she says sustaining it requires administrative support and community buy-in.
Bible Study in Public Schools
BY PAUL RIEDE
High schools now offer elective courses on the Bible that adhere to a secular, literary approach. However, too many cross the line between academic enrichment and devotional instruction.
Muslim Students in Post 9/11Classrooms
BY AMEENA K. JANDALI
Preventive measures and interventions can stem stereotypes and bullying that accompany Islamophobia in schools. 

When Worldviews Collide
BY CHARLES C. HAYNES
When conflicts arise over sexual orientation and religious expression, educators can help students master the skills of civil discourse, so that schools remain safe places for student speech
 

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor ties his own past as a pupil to this theme’s look at religion in the public schools.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five pithy excerpts from recent postings by superintendents around the country.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Lesson in First-Person Reality

Unsettled by an exercise to study marginalized groups up close, a doctoral student complains about using deception in learning. Our panel weighs in.

LEGAL BRIEF
Politicking Rules for the Campaign Season
BY NANCY FREDMAN KRENT
In the lead-up to political elections, educators must balance the free speech of faculty and students with the need for decorum on school grounds.

TECH LEADERSHIP
Updating for Mobile Devices, Social Networking
BY KEITH KRUEGER
Innovative educators can be found revamping their districts’ acceptable use policies to create thoughtful uses of pervasive technologies in school. 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
When Is It Time to Say Goodbye?

BY DONALD R. MCADAMS
Sometimes a superintendent needs to depart because board-induced stress has siphoned all joy out of the work. The decision is always personal, but the author shares a few considerations.

FOCUS
What We Learned in Rebuilding Our Offices

BY STEPHEN C. JOEL
How the leadership in Lincoln, Neb., is coping with last year’s fire that leveled district headquarters. The superintendent’s hard-earned lessons in disaster recovery.  

MY VIEW
Politicians Have a Role in Bullying, Too

BY KENNETH R. BACA
A superintendent believes the mean-spirited and hurtful rhetoric of the election season has an inevitable impact on the behavior of the young.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK

A
doctoral dissertation uncovers seven predictive factors on the likelihood of a woman being appointed superintendent.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Patricia L. Pickles on why she wrote Are You In a Pickle? Life Lessons Learned Along the Way: Students' Performance and Achievement Gaps.

BOOK REVIEWS

 Books American Public School  

The American Public School Teacher
by Darrel Drury and Justin Baer
Reviewed by
Elaine Giugliano

Books Brain and Strengths-Based

The Brain and Strengths Based School Leadership
by Sheryl G. Feinstein and Robert W. Kiner
Reviewed by
Leon T. Hobbs

Books Everyday Engagement

Everyday Engagement
by Katy Ridnouer
Reviewed by 
Jim Hattabaugh

Books Highly Qualified Teacher

The Highly
Qualified Teacher

by Michael Strong
Reviewed by 
Edward J. Sullivan

Books Homelessness

Homelessness
Comes to School
by Joseph Murphy and Kerri Tobin
Reviewed by 
Valerie A. Storey

Books How Not To Be

How NOT to Be a Terrible School
Board Member
 

by Richard E. Mayer
Reviewed by 
Justin B. Henry


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Is Separation of Church and State Outdated?

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
Students and school employees do not leave their religious beliefs at the schoolhouse door, but neutrality remains foremost for those in charge.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Incubating a Force of County Leaders

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
With startup backing from AASA, the newly formed Large Countywide and Suburban District Consortium hopes to become a formidable presence on the national scene.

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
The Good News About Leading Turnaround Schools

BY ALAN M. BLANKSTEIN
Early gains are possible at turnaround schools, the HOPE Foundation’s president argues. 
 

PEOPLE WATCH
Our roll call of AASA members who’ve advanced in their careers or retired in recent months.

PROFILE
Robert T. Mills

BY MARIAN KISCH
A Canadian member of AASA’s governing body prefers the role of collaborator.

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