School Administrator

 

January 2014

Instructional Rounds

 

Group observations of teaching practice,
then diagnosis and plans of action

January 2014                                       Number 1 Vol. 71 

Features

Targeting Improvement: Instructional Rounds
BY COLLEEN GILLARD 
Not unlike physician training, this model emphasizes collegial observations of the teacher in the classroom, followed by diagnosis and a plan of action.

Getting the Most Out of Rounds
BY THOMAS FOWLER-FINN
The author works with schools on an improvement process based on group observations targeting classroom practice, not the person.

Teachers at the Center of Improvement
BY LEE TEITEL
School-based instructional rounds in a Connecticut district engage teachers as classroom observers, leading to adjustments in their instructional practices.

Beyond Rounds To Build Supervisory Skills
BY STEVE S. MYERS AND DAVID L. GOEHNER
Superintendents in an intermediate agency in Washington formed an instructional rounds network to improve their management direction of principals.


Frontline

STARTING POINT
Our monthly analysis of an ethical dilemma proves to be a popular read.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Doctoral Holders

Trend lines about those earning Ed.D. or Ph.D. degrees.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five quotable excerpts from top superintendent blogs.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The Flexing of a Benefactor’s Strong Arm

A prominent community member contributes significantly to the district, then seeks special treatment. Our panel lends the analysis.

LEGAL BRIEF
Disciplining Students for Off-Campus Conduct

BY DAVID B. RUBIN
Well-intentioned efforts to ensure safe behavior may exceed the school district’s authority.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Who Owns the Floor at Board Meetings?
 

BY NICHOLAS D. CARUSO JR.
Managing the public comment period is a matter of proper control.

FOCUS: COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Partnering Carefully With Advocacy Groups
BY TOM SALTER
Be mindful of that controversial plank lurking in the platform of a potential outside partner.

FOCUS: FACILITIES MANAGEMENT
Energy Efficiencies in a Building Project

BY MARK HANSON
A few strategies for thinking green when a school district considers renovations or construction.

MY VIEW
Poor Sports
BY MICHAEL MUGITS
Where’s the discussion of priorities when interscholastic sports draw a pass from the same financial threats that pinch academics?

MY VIEW
I Want Google and Apple Clamoring for Our Students
BY JAN E. CHRISTENSEN
A Silicon Valley superintendent’s lament about the opportunity gap facing her students for lack of equitable support of public schooling.

ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
A recent doctoral study examined superintendents’ inner circles.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Steve Jenkins on co-writing Conflicts in Culture: Strategies to Understand and Resolve the Issues (R&L Education, 2013)

BOOK REVIEWS

BookCheatingLessons 
Cheating Lessons
by James M. Lang
Reviewed by
Paul A. Shaw

BookFourCs 
The Four C's of Successful Teaching
by B.C. Tozer
Reviewed by
Priscilla A. Boerger

BookInfrastructureofAccountability 
The Infrastructure of Accountability
edited by Dorothea Anagnostopoulos,
Stacey A. Rutledge and Rebecca Jacobsen
Reviewed by 
Kenneth E. Hoover

BookLeadershipandTeams
Leadership and Teams 
by Lyle Kirtman
Reveiewed by 
Edythe Austermuhl

BookLearningtoBreathe
Learning To Breathe
by Patricia C. Broderick
Reviewed by 
Christopher Clouet

BookMusesGotoSchool
The Muses Go to School
edited by Herbert Kohl and Tom Oppenheim
Reviewed by 
Zach Kelehear


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Outside Partners in Tough Times
BY AMY F. SICHEL
Experiences of the author’s district in cultivating financial support, sans commercial content

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Encouraging Signs at Our Women’s Forum

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Positive vibes in the air as women make strides in the ranks of education leadership.

AASA SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 
Hope and Opportunity Need Not be Costly
BY JOHN MURRAY 
The CEO of AdvancePath Academics describes the success his program has had with reaching at-risk students.

PEOPLE WATCH
A monthly rundown of AASA members making career moves nationwide.

PROFILE
David K. Pennington
BY LIZ GRIFFIN
AASA’s incoming president brings quiet, analytical leadership to the helm in Ponca City, Okla.

 

 

 

 

 

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READER REPLY (Letters)

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