School Administrator

 

April 2013

Blended
Delivery

 

Moving into cyber learning
to expand options, fight privatizers

April 2013                                       Number 4 Vol. 70 

Features

Delivering Instruction Online
BY LISA ANDREJKO
What one savvy superintendent says your school district can expect by committing to cyber learning opportunities in-house.

Competing With Cyber Charters
BY JEFFREY M. TAYLOR
The steps and admitted missteps of a Pennsylvania district as it built an online course program to recapture its own students.
 

The Blossoming of Blended Learning
BY JUDY BAUERNSCHMIDT
An online education director in Colorado creates an option for students to combine virtual learning and traditional courses as part of their academic schedules. She raises the questions you should be asking. 

Reaching Scale Beyond a School-Level Innovation
BY CHRIS DEDE
A Harvard professor illustrates what it takes to replicate a good idea by drawing on the example of a technology initiative in California’s Lemon Grove schools.

 

Frontline

STARTING POINT
Online course delivery in higher education is taking odd turns that the editor thinks are worth monitoring.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Female Superintendents by Locale

What recent data say about the student size and racial makeup of school districts with the highest percentage of women superintendents.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Excerpts from five AASA members’ blogs in communities coast to coast.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The Slacking Staffer

Our foursome of ethicists plots the best course for dealing with a valued support staffer whose performance has plummeted just two years before retirement.

LEGAL BRIEF
Sensitive Issues in Superintendent Searches

BY JOY BASKIN
For candidates, the stakes are high, with so much on the line. Boards that are hiring don’t make it easy for sitting superintendents by fishing for confidential details. 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Five Ways To Unknowingly Undermine Your Board
BY HARRY R. PRINGLE
Sometimes, it’s the superintendent whose actions paralyze a school board. An attorney who has worked with hundreds of boards shares a few common failings.

TECH LEADERSHIP
Facebook’s Time Has Come in Your Schools

BY NICOLE KIRBY
It’s now a vital public relations vehicle for communicating, connecting with stakeholders and collecting feedback.

FOCUS
Streamlining Central-Office Staffing

BY LOUIS J. PEPE
To increase operational efficiency, a New Jersey district developed recommendations for creating, eliminating and retaining positions.

MY VIEW
A Generation Apart: What We Expect From Teachers
BY KIMBERLY MORITZ
With a daughter in her third year of teaching, the author observes a world of difference in what’s expected of today’s practitioners.
 

MY VIEW
Gratitude Past Due: Lessons on Culture, People and Determination

BY PAMELA R. MORAN
A veteran superintendent reflects on a few enduring lessons she learned from a mentor early in her teaching career.


Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
Superintendent Competencies

A doctoral study examines differing views of board presidents and superintendents about performance competencies of public school leaders.

BOOK REVIEWS

 BookTheAdvantage

The Advantage
by Patrick Lencioni
Reviewed by
Brian L. Benzel

BookEroticCapital

Erotic Capital
edited by Catherine Hakim
Reviewed by
Joseph W. Rudnicki

BookMovingintotheSuperintendency 

Moving Into the Superintendency
by Thomas A. Kersten
Reviewed by 
Marc Space

BookMultiplication

Multiplication Is for White People 
by Lisa Delpit
Reveiewed by 
Edythe B. Austermuhl

BookPrincipalsasMaverick

Principals as
Maverick Leaders

by Sharron Goldman Walker and
Michael Chirichello
Reviewed by 
Jerry Horgen

BookSchoolTurnarounds

School Turnarounds
by Heather Zavadsky

Reviewed by
Larry L. Nyland


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Technology Balances Difference Between Large, Small Schools

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
Technology applications should eliminate whatever’s considered a disadvantage in small and isolated schools.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Four Reasons To Be Proud

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
The communities led by the four finalists for National Superintendent of the Year are proof that public education is functioning at high levels.
 

PEOPLE WATCH
Dozens of appointments and retirements in the school system leadership ranks.

PROFILE
Mark A. Edwards

BY MARIAN KISCH
The superintendent’s creative thinking has moved the Mooresville, N.C., schools to the frontier of instructional technology and brought him recognition as the 2013 National Superintendent of the Year.
 

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