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Common Core C's of Change

 

Countering falsehoods and staying the course

May 2014                                       Number 5 Vol. 71 

 

 

Features

How To Talk Publicly About the Common Core
BY JIM DUNN
A 38-year veteran in school district communications suggests ways to counter the media pundits, bloggers and politically motivated individuals expressing doubts about the value of Common Core standards in elementary and secondary education. Well-funded opposition on both the political left and right is showing up in various places.

The Common Core C’s of Change
BY SUSAN SMITH BUNTING
The superintendent of a forward-looking Delaware school district details her hard push to put in place the new standards in the face of opposition in her community.

Common Core: Too Little Change, Not Too Much
BY MICHAEL J. PETRILLI
A conservative supporter of the new academic standards puzzles over the critics’ claims he hears about nationalized curricula and too-burdensome demands on students. The real challenge will be in how local school districts adjust math and literacy instruction in classrooms.

Curricula for the Common Core
BY LYNNE A. MUNSON
With all content producers claiming to be “Common Core-aligned,” how do you separate the strong from the weak? The new academic standards offer the chance to consider a new breed of curriculum sources. Should your school district create its own or find the best options in the marketplace?

Frontline

STARTING POINT
Practical thinking from school leaders who are countering the Common Core’s critics.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Evaluation Frequency

An infographic about the frequency of performance evaluations.

BEST OF THE BLOGS 
Four excerpts from AASA members’ recent postings.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Unmagnetic Appeal

Our panel considers a superintendent’s response to complaints that magnet schools are destabilizing the district’s neighborhood schools.

LEGAL BRIEF
What’s in That Phone? Searching Students’ Devices

BY NANCY F. KRENT
Administrators must confront when and what they can lawfully search inside students’ handheld devices when determining whether misconduct has occurred.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Virtues of Board Unanimity

BY GENE I. MAEROFF
A school board president concedes the nine members of the board tend to vote alike and most decisions are unanimous. Why should this warrant public criticism?

OUR VIEW
Teachers Are the Solution, Not the Problem

BY GEORGE GOENS AND PHIL STREIFER
All we need is a better brand of teachers, the critics argue, ignoring one critical fact: Teachers do not control significant factors affecting student performance, notably poverty.

MY VIEW
The Penalty Box for Our Students
BY KIMBERLY MORITZ
From her time at the hockey rink, a superintendent refers to her district’s in-school suspension room as “the box” in a rethinking of student discipline.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK
Superintendent Selection

A doctoral study examines selection criteria school boards use in the eyes of professional search consultants.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member George Goens, consultant in Litchfield, Conn., on why he wrote (with Phil Streifer) Straitjacket: How Overregulation Stifles Creativity and Innovation in Education (Rowman & Littlefield Education, 2013)

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

BookConfessionsofaBadTeacher
Confessions of a
Bad Teacher

by John Owens
Reviewed by
Priscilla A Boerger

BookCulturesBuilttoLast
Cultures Built to Last

by Richard DuFour and Michael Fullan
Reviewed by
Marilyn King

BookFewerClearerHigher
Fewer, Clearer, Higher

by John Baldoni
Reviewed by George E. Pawlas

BookFosteringPurpose
Fostering Purpose
by Levi Brackman
Reviewed by
John Fagan

BookGoodStruggle
The Good Struggle
by Joseph L. Badaracco
Reviewed by
Darroll Hargraves

BookPowerfulPhrasesforDealing
Powerful Phrases for Dealing with
Difficult People

by Renee Evenson
Reviewed by Lylia King

BookSchool-BasedInstructionalRounds
School-Based Instructional Rounds
by Lee Teitel

Reviewed by
Marilyn King

BookSimpleChoices
Simple Choices
Lisa Graham Keegan
Reviewed by
Philip E. Geiger

BookSocialMediaforSchool
Social Media for
School Leaders

by Brian J. Dixon
Reviewed by
Philip E. Geiger

 


 

AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
2014 National Conference on Education — A Winner!
AMY F. SICHEL
The sounds of the latest AASA conference are still ringing sweetly for AASA’s president.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Cohort Skill Building for the Superintendency
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s newest programming contribution to building a sharp cadre of newcomers in the profession.

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly installment of career movements includes many transitioning into retirement.

PROFILE
Alberto M. Carvalho

BY SARAH E. CARR
A profile of the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year, the leader in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

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READER REPLY (Letters)

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

 

 

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