School Administrator

 

June 2013

A Second Chance for Dropouts

 

Getting students back on track before it's too late

June 2013                                       Number 6 Vol. 70 

Features

A Second-Chance Academy for Dropouts
BY DANIEL P. KING
The superintendent of a district in South Texas has devised an early-college program that’s reaching students who’ve fallen short before it’s too late.

Game Changing in Union City
BY DAVID L. KIRP
The author embedded himself for a year in an urban district in New Jersey, where he documented the incremental turnaround of a failing system — without charter schools, mass firings or closures of schools.

Grit, Character and Other Noncognitive Skills
BY PAUL TOUGH
The author of How Children Succeed says we should reconsider the factors that contribute most to student success. Hint: It’s not test-taking skills.

Course Credit Recovered
BY LORA L. WOLFF
What did an Iowa school district discover about using student tutors in a summer program to help lagging classmates get back on academic track?

The Skills Gap Myth
BY PETER CAPPELLI
A professor at the Wharton School wonders why we blame the public schools when businesses should be faulted for their own practices in hiring and training.

 

Frontline

STARTING POINT
Our magazine is publishing in three platforms, print, web and digital, beginning this month.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
District Diversity and Superintendents of Color

The infographic shows where you’ll find the highest concentration of superintendents of color.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Lively takes from five superintendents’ blogs around the country.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR 
Sales in the Classroom

What does our panel say about a teacher who wants to profit off a software teaching tools she devised in her classroom?

LEGAL BRIEF
Private E-mail Going Public
BY MAREE SNEED
With an embarrassing case in mind, a veteran education attorney says a superintendent should have no expectation of privacy in e-mails sent from a district computer or using district e-mail. 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Helping the Board Take Its Own Temperature

BY NICHOLAS D. CARUSO JR.
Advice for the superintendent to help the board work through its own issues, based on what the author calls “the trust equation.”  

FOCUS
A Preflight Checklist Before Contract Negotiations Take Off
BY HOWARD W. SMITH
Before bargaining positions are stated in extreme terms, the use of a structured and transparent process can facilitate sharing of data, perceptions and goals.

FOCUS
Shadow Days Open Eyes and Minds of District Leaders
BY BRIAN K. EDWARDS
This school district assigned 26 central-office administrators to spend a full day alongside a student. The experience was eye-opening.

MY VIEW
Selfishly Speaking

BY MOE GLENNER
What’s wrong with wanting only employees who will put aside personal aspirations to achieve team goals? The author says selfish workers play a key organizational role.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
Succession Politics

A doctoral dissertation at the University of California, Riverside, studying the sexual politics of the superintendency found a significant association between a superintendent’s gender before turnover and the successor’s sex. 

 

 

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Christopher H. Tienken on co-authoring (with Donald C. Orlich) The School Reform Landscape: Fraud, Myth, and Lies (Rowman  & Littlefield, 2013).

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

BookBeGood 

Be Good
by Randy Cohen
Reviewed by Paul A. Shaw

BookLeanIn

Lean In
by Sheryl Sandberg
Reviewed by Sarah Jerome

BookMakingCivicsCount

Making Civics Count
by David E. Campbell, Meira Levinson and Frederick M. Hess
Reviewed by Priscilla A. Boerger

BookNewSchoolManagement

The New School Management by Wandering Around
by William A. Streshly, Susan Penny Gray and Larry E. Frase
Reviewed by
William A. Clark

BookWhySocialMedia

Why Social Media Matters
by Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes
Reviewed by 
Jim D. Hattabaugh

BookWorldClassLearners

World Class Learners
by Yong Zhao
Reviewed by
Frank Kelly


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Dropout Causes Are Many, Solutions Few

BY BENNY L. GOODEN
Poor nutrition, inadequate health care, substandard housing and neglect have a major impact on student dropout numbers, though some believe prevention is an exclusive duty of America’s schools.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
A Total Child Model We Should Emulate

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Admiration for Bill Milliken and the group he founded, Communities In Schools, one of the nation’s most successful dropout-prevention programs — based on the author’s work leading schools in Virginia and New York.
 

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly update on the professional comings and goings of AASA members.

PROFILE
C.J. Huff

BY LIZ GRIFFIN
The superintendent responsible for rebuilding the Joplin, Mo., schools in the aftermath of a destructive tornado in 2011.

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