School Administrator

March cover

Flipped
 Learning

Upending time on task 
in school and at home

March 2013                              Number 3 Vol. 70 

Features

Flipped Learning
BY SCOTT LaFEE
Reversing the use of students’ learning time in school and at home is the hottest idea in personalized instruction. Whether it becomes a permanent fix or is just a fad remains to be determined.
Grassroots Gains: Byron's Flipped Classrooms
BY KATHLEEN P. FULTON
A rural school district in Minnesota has replaced textbook buying with a digital approach to instruction in all content areas.

       April Lynn Burton: My mistaken thinking in a flipped classroom
     •  Patrick Twomey: Reluctant adopters don’t stop a whole-school flip

Scholastic Journalism: Skills for the 21st Century
BY MARY L. STAPP
Superintendents who champion their student publications see the connection between journalism study in high school and the development of the habits of mind students will need in a competitive global marketplace.

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The study of journalism in high school and participation on a student publication remain excellent ways for students to develop the critical academic skills they will need.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Is the School Board Evaluated Formally?

The monthly infographic answers the question: Is the school board evaluated formally?

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Excerpts from five superintendent blogs worth following from New Jersey to British Columbia.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Cookies at a Cost?

Our panel of ethical experts chews on a scenario that finds school district staff routinely using public monies to provide drinks and snacks at after-school meetings.

LEGAL BRIEF
Assessing Your Contract’s Evaluation Clause

BY V. STANLEY B. EISENHAMMER
The most important provision of any superintendent’s contract is the evaluation clause. When well constructed, it can serve several strategic purposes.

TECH LEADERSHIP
Rewiring Our Thinking About Wireless Devices

BY JARED P. MADER
How Pennsylvania’s Red Lion schools have adapted the wireless devices of students and staff to productive purposes in school.

OUR VIEW
The Limited Use of Technology in Teachers’ Hands
BY BO YAN AND MIKE SLAGLE
If we can discover new uses of technology that enable teachers to do their jobs faster, easier and better, it is hard to imagine why teachers would not embrace those uses.

MY VIEW
The Energizing Nature of Collaboration
BY MICHAEL A. HAYNES
The process of writing a joint grant proposal sparked professional conversations for the author, a superintendent in Wisconsin.

Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A doctoral study of three long-term rural superintendents and their high-achieving school districts.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Philip Esbrandt on co-authoring Curing Student Underachievement: Clinical Practice for School Leaders.

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 Book Taking Charge
Taking Charge
by Paul Shaw 
Reviewed by
Bob Schultz

Book Finding Superman
Finding Superman
edited by Watson Scott Swail
Reviewed by
Janice Sandbank

Book Practical Guide
 A Practical Guide to Teaching and Learning

by Oran Tkatchov and Shelly Kraynak Pollnow
Reviewed by 
Jim Frenck

Book Education Questions
Education Questions to be Answered
by Ronald W. Holmes
Reveiewed by 
John C. Fagan

Book Bilingual Development
Bilingual Language Development and Disorders in Spanish-English Speakers
editied by Brian A. Goldstein

Reviewed by 
Josephine-Nelson Moffett

Book Kick Start
Kick Start Your Class
by LouAnne Johnson
Reviewed by 
George E. Pawlas


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Teachers Determine Success
BY BENNY GOODEN
Stop the drumbeat of blaming teachers, urges AASA’s president.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Personalized Learning Closer to Reality

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s executive director on the push for individualizing instruction, something educators long have considered the “golden chalice.”

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly status report on the career movements of AASA members nationwide. Also, the Sidelight shines on a superintendent with a kaleidoscope-building hobby.

PROFILE
Laval S. Wilson
BY BETSY SAMSON
He’s spent 37 years as a superintendent in eight school systems, and he may hold off retirement for yet another so he can advocate for student needs.
 

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READER REPLY (Letters)

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