School Administrator

 

December 2012

Common Core

 

Aligning your district's curriculum in time for new assessments in math and literacy

December 2012                                       Number 11 Vol. 69 

Features

Aligning Common Core, One Bite at a Time
BY JOSEPH T. CRAWFORD
Follow a process that allows your staff to design and improve their own curriculum documents and build local expertise on the Common Core, says a consultant who works with school districts.

A Rural County Journeys to the Common Core
BY PANSY T. CEBALLOS
Small, rural school districts face a special challenge when implementing the next generation of academic standards. Here’s how a rural county has followed a four-step collaborative process to work with small districts in central California.

Next-Generation Assessments Aligned to the Common Core
BY JOSEPH L. WILLHOFT
The executive director of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium details the real-world performance tasks in English language arts and math that will be used in 2014-15 under the new Common Core.

Planting My Flag as a Leader of Learning
BY ROBERT R. MACGREGOR
The superintendent in Kelso, Wash., adopts a “cycle of inquiry” to guide his school district’s instructional leadership development.

Frontline

STARTING POINT
Making sense of the Common Core State Standards at the district level.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Reasons for Being Hired

Men and women in the superintendency differ over what personal quality landed them in the job.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Thoughtful excerpts from five superintendents’ blogs.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
A Pass to the Basepaths

Should a student whose family is coping with tragedy receive special consideration at freshman baseball tryouts? A divided umpire crew weighs in. 

LEGAL BRIEF
Not Guilty, But Not Fit

BY V. WAYNE YOUNG
Evidence of misconduct by an educator need not rise to the level required for a criminal conviction to support a dismissal action.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Creating Performance Goals That Matter

BY MICHAEL T. ADAMSON
By establishing meaningful, substantive goals, the superintendent exhibits personal character and the determination to consistently prove one’s value to school system leadership.

TECH LEADERSHIP
Why You Don’t Need an Employee Social Media Policy

BY SCOTT MCLEOD
Don’t be governed by statistically insignificant, unsubstantiated fear. By doing so, school districts may be barking up the wrong tree.  

FOCUS
Surveillance Cameras on School Grounds

BY SARA C. CLARK
Before installing the video cameras as a pro-active safety measure, consider several legal issues.

MY VIEW
The Ritual ‘Hazing’ of Assistant Principals

BY GARY W. HOUCHENS
Troubling findings of a study about the in-between nature and role conflict of the assistant principal in schools.

MY VIEW
The Wild West of Scholastic Sports
BY JOHN E. ROBERTS
New state laws risk bringing anarchy to high school athletics, especially in rules governing eligibility of students.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK

A study explores the supports first-year superintendents experienced.

BOOK REVIEWS

 BookActionResearch

Action Research for School Leaders
by Dean T. Spaulding and John Falco
Reviewed by
Perry Berkowitz

BookBecomingaValues

Becoming a
Values-Based Leader

by Homer H. Johnson
Reviewed by
Jeff Smith

BookCollegeAcceleration

College Acceleration
by Eric J. Ban
Reviewed by 
William J. Leary

BookGettingItDone

Getting It Done
by Karin Chenoweth and Christina Theokas
Reviewed by 
Larry Leverett

BookSmarterBudgets

Smarter Budgets,
Smarter Schools
by Nathan Levenson
Reviewed by 
Art Stellar

BookWeCanDoMore

We Can Do More
With Less
by Thomas F. Kelly
Reviewed by 
Charles Rudiger


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Is Common Core a National Curriculum?

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
Leave the debate to others, says AASA’s president. The focus for educators must be on the task at hand.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Raising the Bar on National Standards and Assessment

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
The high performance expectations of the Common Core will benefit our nation, but schools buffeted by the economic recession may not be ready to proceed.
 

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly tally of AASA members’ promotions and retirements.

PROFILE
Amy F. Sichel

BY MARIAN KISCH
Thirty-six years in one district, building a reputation as a collaborative yet no-nonsense leader.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters) 

 

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

 

 

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