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Tapping Latent Talent

 

Applying a multiplier to stretch the capabilities of staff to tackle the next challenge

August 2014                                       Number 7 Vol. 71 

Features

Freedom Within Fences
BY MERRI ROSENBERG
The commitment to total quality management is at the heart of the latest Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award winner, the 2,760-student Pewaukee, Wis., district. This account shows how nothing escapes the data-driven force field district leaders apply in back-office operations, professional learning and academics.

Extending the Baldrige Moment
BY LISA S. MULLER
A decade after her school district in Jenks, Okla., received national attention for its systemic approaches to teaching and learning, the author details how she and her colleagues sustain the drive for continuous improvement practices.

The Logic of Multiplication in Management
BY ELISE C. FOSTER AND LIZ WISEMAN
How does a school system leader tap into the latent talent that resides inside the district? Answers from two of the authors of a new book, The Multiplier Effect: Tapping the Genius Inside Our Schools.

Control from the Corner Office
BY PEGGY A. HINCKLEY
You can’t run a learning organization and expect your initiatives to flourish unless you’re part of the process, says the author of Monitoring: Keeping Your Finger on the Pulse of School Improvement.

 
 

Beyond Compliance to Performance Improvement
BY BRUCE HAYES AND PHIL ESBRANDT
The authors of Curing Student Underachievement prescribe a decision-making model using data that parallels clinical practices.

 

 

 
 
 
Frontline

STARTING POINT
We're thrilled to point to the latest district to earn a prestigious Baldrige honor.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Perceptions of State Education Agencies

An infographic on how superintendents view their relationship with the state.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five pithy excerpts on various topics from AASA members' recent postings.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
A Yearbook Yikes

Our panel considers the district’s response when a parent threatens legal action over a high school yearbook that was printed with an offensive word attached to her daughter’s photo.

LEGAL BRIEF
Counsel May Be Your Best Friend

BY MICHELE V. HANDZEL
An AASA survey found only 25 percent of superintendents used legal counsel to negotiate their contract terms — which our legal columnist sees contributing to an uneven playing field with the board.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Recovering Your Relationship

BY RICHARD E. MAYER
Active listening, empathy and “relationship radar” may not come naturally to task-oriented leaders, but it’s a combination that worked for a rural superintendent when trouble brewed among his school board.

PUNCHBACK
Myth: Private Schools Are Better
BY GENE V. GLASS
The co-author of 50 Myths and Lies That Threaten America’s Public Schools has answers ready to combat this common claim.

MY VIEW
The Cost of Insensitive School Mascots

BY TERRY B. GRIER
Twice as a superintendent, the author has retired and replaced anachronistic high school mascots. Goodbye Redskins, Indians and Warriors.

MY VIEW
Tweeting Kindergarteners? 
BY CHRIS KENNEDY
After a kindergarten teacher used Twitter to note her pupils’ first tweets together, the superintendent knew he had to see this unlikely scenario for himself.

 

Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A doctoral study measures the impact of a mentoring program on ethical decision making among new superintendents.

BOOK REVIEWS

Public School Advantage TOC
The Public School Advantage
by Christopher A. Lubienski and Sarah Theule Lubienski
Reviewed by
Lyle C. Ailshie

Heart of Leadership TOC
The Heart of Leadership
by Mark Miller
Reviewed by Jeff Smith

School Systems TOC
School Systems That Learn
by Paul B. Ash and John D'Auria
Reviewed by
Edythe B. Austermuhl

Accelerating Literacy TOC
Accelerating Literacy for Diverse Learners
by Socorro Herrera, Della R. Perez, Shabina K. Kavimandan and Stephanie Wessels

Reviewed by
Larry L. Nyland

AMA Boot Camp TOC
AMA Business Boot Camp
edited by Edward T. Reilly
Reviewed by
Jerry Horen

App Generation TOC 
The App Generation
by Howard Gardner and Kate Davis
Reviewed by
William J. Leary


AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
The Meaning of Change

BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
The debut column by AASA’s newly installed president, serving his 20th year as a superintendent.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Noteworthy North of the Border

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s presence in Canada’s Quebec province, where two languages figure large in the schools.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
Leadership in STEM Culture

BY ELEANOR F. SMALLEY
The CEO of JASON Learning describes the changing nature of scientific literacy and its importance in tackling complex problems.

PEOPLE WATCH
Our monthly installment of career moves around the country. Plus: A Sidelight on a music-composing superintendent.

PROFILE
Kevin M. Maxwell

BY MARIAN KISCH
He returned home after years in neighboring places to assume the superintendency in Prince George’s County, Md.

 

 

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READER REPLY (Letters)

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

 

 

 

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