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A Crisis Orientation  

“They don’t teach you this in superintendent school.”

Tom Rogers shared that apt remark while donning an impermeable whole-body garment as protection against hazardous materials. He was just about to set foot inside an elementary school on Long Island heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy, where he had gone to figure out how his intermediate agency could help restore classes for the students.

He’s one of several contributors (Things We Discovered in Sandy’s Aftermath) from the school leadership ranks to this month’s issue on crisis recovery in a school community. In the case of several school systems in downstate New York and along the New Jersey shore, that recovery continues a full year later for the superintendents (Recovery From a Superstorm).

Our lead story (When Catastrophe Strikes) is an interview with Janet Robinson, former superintendent in Newtown, Conn., full of thoughtful insights about dealing with the unthinkable. The Q&A was conducted by James Harvey, executive director of the National Superintendents Roundtable.

Lastly, we examine (A Port in the Storm: School Districts During Off-Campus Tragedies) how off-campus crises affect the operations of the public school district.

Rogers’ advice applies fittingly to leaders in the aftermath of just about any crisis: “[P]lan where you can, improvise when you must.”

Jay P. Goldman, Editor
Voice: 703-875-0745
E-mail: jgoldman@aasa.org

 

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