School Administrator

 

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Central-Office
Re-imagination

 

 

How school districts bolster principals'
instructional practices

April 2014                                       Number 4 Vol. 71 

 

 

 

Features

Re-imagining the Central-Office Role
BY TRENT E. KAUFMAN, EMILY DOLCI GRIMM AND DAVID S. DOTY
Focusing on the daily practices and processes of district-level staff may be as important as anything else in effecting fundamental shifts in classroom instructional practices. The authors are principals with a Salt Lake City consulting firm.

Principals as Instructional Leaders
BY STEPHEN FINK AND MAX SILVERMAN
A framework for central-office support of site administrators promises better progress in teaching and learning. The authors clarify the role of principal by fundamentally remaking the job of the principal supervisor. 

Reculturing the Central Office
BY SUSAN ENFIELD AND ALAN SPICCIATI
How the central administration in Washington’s Highline district is playing a transformative role in supporting instruction at its 39 schools. The authors serve as the district’s superintendent and chief accountability officer, respectively.

Front and Center: The Role of Human Resources
BY ELIZABETH ARONS
Principals are quick to acknowledge that a high-functioning human resources staff is the best support they have. Conversely, a dysfunctional, compliance-driven operation is their worst nightmare.

Navigating the Sea of Criticism
BY TERRY B. GRIER
A veteran of 30 years in the superintendency details his five principles for surviving and thriving in the school system’s top leadership role. The author was a finalist for 2014 National Superintendent of the Year.

 

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor gains from attending AASA conferences, too.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Salary Ratios

An infographic looks at compensation as a ratio of median salaries of teachers and superintendents by district enrollment.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Quotable excerpts from five postings by AASA member superintendents.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR 
An Accidental Drinking Discovery

Our ethics panel considers penalties for the senior basketballers caught by the coach consuming a beer outside town.

LEGAL BRIEF
‘Call My Lawyer!’ The Need for Private Counsel

BY V. WAYNE YOUNG
A superintendent faces situations where seeking advice from the board attorney is unwise or awkward. Those are moments for hiring an attorney.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Resolving Board Interference Contractually
BY MICHAEL T. ADAMSON
A superintendent defines acceptable board member behavior in his contract — a distinctive measure to deter inappropriate acts that our columnist considers melodramatic.

MY VIEW
The Demise of the Imagination in School

BY SIDNEY TRUBOWITZ
The author is longing for the day when teachers exercise creativity and encourage children to dream and suspend belief.

MY VIEW
The Redneck Superintendent: Poverty’s Effects on Leadership

BY MARSHA L. CARR
The author’s humble origins have her asking: Is there a difference between superintendents raised in lower socioeconomic conditions and those from better-off circumstances?

MY VIEW
A Stressful Standoff and a Lesson About Trust
BY TEENA P. McDONALD
An experienced superintendent learns a key lesson during Week 2 of a new job: Don’t let the board look like the “bad guy.”

FOCUS
Politics or Marketing: Which Side of the Coin Wins the Toss?
BY KARA GAE NEAL
Tips from a former superintendent on promoting the school district’s public face.

 ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
A doctoral study looks for this characteristic among district leaders in Indiana.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Kirk Lewis, superintendent in Pasadena, Texas, on his reason for writing Put Away Childish Things (Xulon Press, 2013)

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Book10Lessons

10 Lessons from New York City Schools
by Eric Nadelstern
Reviewed by 
Larry L. Nyland

BookContoursofGreatLeadership

Contours of Great Leadership
by Rosemary Papa, Fenwick English, Frank Davidson, Mary K. Culver and Ric Brown
Reviewed by
Paul M. Hewitt

BookEveryChildEveryDay

Every Child, Every Day
by Mark A. Edwards
Reviewed by 
Larry L. Nyland

BookMultiplierEffect

The Multiplier Effect
by Liz Wiseman, Lois Allen and Elise Foster
Reveiewed by
Jeff Smith

BookScrewedup

Screwed-up
School Reform

by Richard G. Shear and Bruce S. Cooper
Reviewed by Jim Frenck

 BookSelfinSchooling

The Self in Schooling
by Henry G. Brzycki
Reviewed by 
William A. Clark

 


 

 AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Promoting From Within

BY AMY F. SICHEL
The merits of looking internally for superintendent cabinet members.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Where We Stand Legislatively
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
The role of AASA governance in drafting the blueprint for the advocacy front.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 
Leading With Analytics

BY JOHN L. GATTA
Attending to student learning through systems thinking at the district level.

PEOPLE WATCH 
The latest developments on the personnel front, notably the comings and goings of superintendents.

PROFILE
Elaine E. Pinckney

BY SARAH E. CARR
A superintendent who’s unified a diverse Vermont school system.

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READER REPLY (Letters)


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