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School Administrator

March 2014

Students Evaluating Teachers

Schools apply feedback from the
classroom to performance reviews

March 2014                                       Number 3 Vol. 71 

Features

BY SCOTT LaFEE
The notion may seem preposterous, but school systems now are soliciting feedback from students to assess the performance of their instructors. 

     Two teachers, two views
     • Student survey tools
     • Parent input on teachers
     • Katie Regan: Pittsburgh's experience
    Additional resources

Moving Beyond Fear of Student Feedback
BY LISA C. OLIVEIRA
A high school principal finds her teachers care about students’ perceptions and foresees improvements in instructional delivery resulting from their input.
  
Connecting Common Core to Teacher Evaluation
BY CHARLOTTE F. DANIELSON
The noted teacher-trainer expert on why new, rigorous demands on instruction warrant better systemwide supervisory support.
 
BY TONY R. DAVIS
A staff development director with McREL shares observations about how school districts are introducing measures to assess teachers.

 

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor’s overview of this issue on career transitions in and out of the superintendency.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Memberships Paid by Districts

An infographic about the professional memberships underwritten by the school board.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five pithy excerpts from the postings of AASA member superintendents.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
A Confidentiality Conflict
Our panel tackles the fitness of the superintendent’s decision to hire a local newspaper reporter as a part-time communication consultant for the district.

LEGAL BRIEF
Navigating Insurance Payouts in a Storm Aftermath

BY STEVEN R. SMITH
What it took to resolve a dispute over the rebuilding of a tornado-ravaged high school.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Don’t Let Board Members Go Rogue
BY SUSAN B. BIRDSEY
A once-confident superintendent discovered you can’t spend too much time connecting with the board after she watched a single vote unravel hard-earned stakeholder trust.

TECH LEADERSHIP
Meeting Demand for a District’s Mobile App

BY GREGORY C. FARLEY
A technology team in Hazlet Township, N.J., launched a mobile app for community access to the most timely information.

OUR VIEW
A Lead Role for Districts in Teacher Training

BY BARBARA NEMKO and HAROLD J. KWALWASSER
Five reasons why school systems are better positioned than state universities to raise the next crop of teachers to populate their classrooms.

MY VIEW
We Are All in This Together

BY CYNTHIA M. STEVENSON
Four points from the superintendent of a school district that put in place a pay-for-performance measure for its teachers.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK

How do superintendents get new values and past practices of the organization to work in concert with each other, a recent doctoral dissertation asked.

BOOK REVIEWS

 Book6KeystoTeacher

The 6 Keys to Teacher Engagement
by Cathie E. West
Reviewed by
Jim D. Hattabaugh

BookGettingTeacherEval

Getting Teacher Evaluation Right
by Linda Darling-Hammond
Reviewed by
Louis Wildman

BookInsidetheBlackBox

Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice
by Larry Cuban
Reviewed by
Larry Leverett

BookMeaningfulConversations

Meaningful Conversations
by Angela Webster-Smith, Shelly Albritton and Patricia Kohler-Evans
Reviewed by Bob Schultz

BookPracticePerfect

Practice Perfect
by Doug Lemov, Erica Woolway and Katie Yezzi
Reviewed by
Kenneth E. Hoover

BookTeacherEducators

Teacher Educators as Members of an Evolving Profession
by Miriam Ben-Peretz with Sarah Kleeman, Rivka Reichenberg and Sarah Shimoni
Reviewed by
Priscilla A. Boerger


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Trust and Teamwork: Keys to Labor Harmony

BY AMY F. SICHEL
An inclusive, collegial relationship that avoids confrontational positions has been a keystone in the AASA president’s school system.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
The Mismatched Application of Evaluation
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Our assessment of teachers should be tied to skill building, not a tool for pushing out staff.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
The Public Leadership Gap

BY MICHAEL C. JOHANEK
How often are you asked to comment publicly on the hot-button issues of the day?

PEOPLE WATCH
The latest collection of career changes in the superintendent ranks.

PROFILE
Christopher M. Manno

BY PAUL RIEDE
The story of a superintendent in Burlington County, N.J., is one of persistence.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

 

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

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