School Administrator

 

Sept. Cover

Casting for Global Comparisons

 

Why superintendents sought to partake of international testing for their schools

September 2014                                       Number 8 Vol. 71 

Features

A School Test Globally Administered
BY JACK DALE
A veteran school leader’s rationale for measuring high schools’ performance in math, science and reading and school-based influences against worldwide competition. The author formerly was superintendent of large county districts in Virginia and Maryland.

Stating Our Fiscal Impact
BY BARBARA J. HICKMAN
How the superintendent in Flagstaff, Ariz., used an independent study to document the significant value of her school district’s operations to the economic standing of the community.

Standing Up for Public Education
BY JOHN M. KUHN
Angered by the sweeping putdowns of teachers, a Texas superintendent shares why he raised his voice to lead the pushback against state legislators who were too willing to bad-mouth schools and allow inequities in public support to reign.

Pushing Back the ALEC Agenda
BY BILL GRAVES
Vigilant public education groups, including AASA, are keeping a wary eye on one organization’s aggressive agenda for promoting conservative legislative measures from state to state.

 
 
 
Frontline

STARTING POINT
How an article we published two years ago inspired a reader to proceed with a bold idea.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Superintendent Mobility
An infographic examining superintendent career moves over the past decade.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Five brief excerpts from AASA members’ blog postings.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The Retributive Board Member
Our panel considers how a superintendent should respond to a school board member with a professional grudge.

LEGAL BRIEF
'It's None of Your Business!' Or Is It?
BY V. WAYNE YOUNG
Are schools responsible for student behavior from door to door — that is, from the time they leave their house until they enter the school and vice versa?

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Realizing When It's Time To Move On
BY JIM BUCKHEIT
When the signs first appear of a forced departure from a job, to whom should you turn for a sympathetic ear and objective sounding board?

FOCUS: DISTRICT PROCUREMENT
Hands-On Participation in a Purchasing Request
BY RICHARD L. GAY
The RFP process in Baltimore County, Md., used multiple factors, the bid price being just one, when launching a massive 1:1 learning initiative.

MY VIEW
Challenging Students Through Our Expectations
BY ERIC J. SMITH
Over his 42 years as an educator, the author often heard this from well-meaning educators: “I don’t want to put the child in a situation where he or she may fail.” Said another way, “I have low expectations for this child and don’t think he/she can succeed.”

MY VIEW
Walking in Others' Shoes 
BY WILLIAM A. CLARK
A new superintendent’s entry plan had him shadowing staff members in all corners of the school district — his attempt to better understand their roles.

MY VIEW
Using Student Voices To Drive Improvement

BY NICHOLAS I. CLEMENT
As a superintendent, the author ran student focus groups to collect feedback about the learner experience in his schools.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
AASA member Paul Houston, president, Center for Empowered Leadership, and AASA emeritus director, on why he wrote (with Steve Sokolow) The Wise Leader: Doing the Right Things for the Right Reasons (iUniverse, 2013)

Reading and Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A new doctoral dissertation examines teacher perceptions of administrators serving as both principal and superintendent.

BOOK REVIEWS

Review School Board Guide
A School Board Guide to Leading Successful Schools
by Stephanie Hirsh and Anne Foster
Reviewed by 
William A. Clark

Review Boards that Lead
Boards that Lead
by Ram Charan, Dennis Carey and Michael Useem
Reviewed by Kenneth E. Hoover

Review Endangering
Endangering Prosperity
by Eric A. Hanushek, Paul E. Peterson and Ludger Woessmann
Reviewed by
Justin B. Henry

Review Practical Drucker
The Practical Drucker
editd by William A. Cohen
Reviewed by
Jim Hattabaugh

Review Portraits
Portraits of Promise
by Michael Sadowski
Reviewed by
Priscilla A. Boerger

Review School Bus 
Stop the School Bus
by Gerald N. Tirozzi
Reviewed by
John C. Fagan


Plus

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
The Problem With International Assessments
BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
Something’s amiss when school reform initiatives imposed by state and federal governments are driven by international test comparisons.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Caring More About Our Home Front
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s presence in Canada’s Quebec province, where two languages figure large in the schools.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS
The Hidden Problem in Employee Health Plans
BY JONATHAN HEATH
An often-unrecognized problem could have a fiscal impact on school systems.

PEOPLE WATCH
Professional career moves of AASA members nationwide.

PROFILE
Michele W. Taylor
BY KATIE REGAN
The superintendent in Calhoun, Ga., is committed to improving outcomes in the same community that gave her a start.  

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