School Administrator

 

September 2013

Complexity
in the Superintendency

 

 

Overcoming unexpected challenges and competing interests in a complicated leadership role

September 2013                              Number 8 Vol. 70 

 

Features

A Complex Web: The New Normal for Superintendents
BY JAMES H. LYTLE AND HARRIS J. SOKOLOFF
A superintendents network in Pennsylvania tries to make sense of systems that “may be beyond our cognitive limits.”
 
The Complicated Layers of Competing Interests
BY JAY D. BADAMS
While addressing Erie, Pa.’s, dire fiscal state, the superintendent discovers the challenge of finding common ground and agreeable solutions.
 
Dealing With the Unexpected
BY JOHN L. BARRY
The parameters of responsibility for the superintendent extend beyond the district borders as the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., shows.
 
Undone by the Media
BY RICHARD LEE COLVIN
The story of how a superintendent’s inability to communicate publicly sabotaged Alan Bersin’s promising instructional reforms in San Diego.
 
Strategic Change by Committee
BY GREGORY P. SHEA AND CASSIE A. SOLOMON
A whole-system approach created by the authors turns around a school district’s special education grievances into a favorable state.

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor shares a few findings from a just-completed readership study of AASA’s magazine, e-newsletters, website and social media.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Hesitancy About the Job

The factors that scare away potential candidates from pursuing their first superintendency.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Our monthly selection of pithy excerpts from five blogs maintained by AASA members.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The Slacker and the Self-Starter

How to manage two curriculum directors whose work ethics are heading in opposite directions.

LEGAL BRIEF
Starting a Foreign Student Program at Your School

BY MICHAEL J. MURRAY
How a Maine district is navigating the immigration system to bring tuition-paying foreign students to its schools for a year at a time.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
A Board Member Who Performs Favors

BY RICHARD E. MAYER
What’s wrong with an elected official supporting a parent’s request? This board member of 30 years says multiple issues come to mind.

MY VIEW
My Sabbatical Year in China: Likes and Dislikes
BY RANDY REFSLAND
Observations of a Wisconsin superintendent on his year supporting Advanced Placement courses in 14 Chinese high schools.

MY VIEW
A Smart Time to Plan for Next Summer

BY LAURA V. ZAKARAS
It’s not too soon to start beefing up the district’s summer learning program, using evidence collected by the Wallace Foundation.

MY VIEW
What Your Patrons Really Want To Know

BY KENNETH S. DESIEGHARDT
A half dozen aspects of school operations that community members can never hear enough about.


Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A recent doctoral study identified ways female school leaders achieved and then safeguarded the superintendency.
 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 book_BeaChangemaster
Be a CHANGEMASTER
by Karla Reiss
Reviewed by
Justin B. Henry

book_Cage-BustingLead
Cage-Busting Leadership
by Frederick M. Hess
Reviewed by
Ronald S. Thomas

book_EndofExceptionalism
 The End of Exceptionalism in American Education
by Jeffery R. Henig
Reviewed by 
Paul M. Hewitt


book_FirstYearExperiences
The First-Year Experiences of Sucessful Superintendents
by Kerry L. Roberts, Sid T. Womack and Shellie L. Hanna
Reviewed by 
Brian L. Benzel

 

book_InstructionalRounds
Instructional Rounds
in Action

by John E. Roberts
Reviewed by 
Marilyn King

 

book_LeadWithaStory
Lead With a Story
by Paul Smith
Reviewed by 
Bob Schultz


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Navigating the Superintendency

BY AMY F. SICHEL
A Top 10 list of enabling ideas gleaned from colleagues over her years in the field
.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Opening U.S. Students’ Eyes to China

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s executive director shares his recent travels with the People to People Student Ambassador Program.  

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
Rising To Defend the Best in Public Education

BY SUHAIL FAROOQUI
A commentary by the CEO of K12 Insight on backing hope with action.

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly compilation of comings and goings in the school system leadership ranks. The Sidelight shines on member Michael Haynes, an avid ski jumper in all seasons.

PROFILE
Daniel P. King
BY PAUL RIEDE
A veteran superintendent on the Texas-Mexico border inspires by example.

 

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

 

 

 

 

 


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