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Resource Bank

 

ABSTRACT

Dual Leadership
A 2014 doctoral dissertation at Capella University examines teacher perceptions of the role played by an administrator who served simultaneously as principal and superintendent.

Researcher Bennie S. Berry studied three small, rural school districts, where he examined the dual administrator’s part in influencing school climate and promoting student achievement.

Berry found that administrators with simultaneous duties practiced distributive leadership styles. The administrators were generally successful and viewed in a positive manner by teachers. Successful administrators who had simultaneous duties were successful when they conveyed their visions, delegated duties and empowered their staff.

Copies of “Leadership Qualities Found in Administrators Performing Simultaneous Duties Identified by Teacher Experiences” are available from ProQuest at 800-521-0600 or disspub@proquest.com.

 

BITS & PIECES

Anti-Bias Curriculum

The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework, developed by Teaching Tolerance magazine, is a roadmap for educators to implement anti-bias education at every grade level.

The framework addresses the concepts of identity, diversity, justice and action.

Find the framework at http://www.tolerance.org/anti-bias-framework.

College Readiness

Education researchers from Stanford University, Brown University and the University of Chicago have released a “College Readiness Indicator Systems Resource Series.”

The series is a suite of educational products designed to help school districts use data to identify the supports students need to graduate high school and succeed in college.

Download the series at http://ccsr.uchicago.edu.

School-Parent Relations

An updated edition of How to Deal with Parents Who Are Angry, Troubled, Afraid or Just Plain Crazy, by Elaine K. McEwan, is available through the National School Public Relations Association.

New features include a healthy-school checklist to determine a school’s parent-relations culture, goals at a glance and a facilitator guide.

Order a copy at www.nspra.org.

Value of Assessment

“Make Assessment Matter,” a new study by the Northwest Evaluation Association, finds students, teachers and administrators all see value in student assessments if the results are used to support learning.

The study, a follow-up to the 2012 study “For Every Child, Multiple Measures,” also highlights the lack of formal assessment preparation teachers receive during their training.

For more details, visit www.nwea.org.

AASA App

The AASA mobile app, sponsored by Parentlink, delivers news and information about AASA’s policy and advocacy resources, AASA leadership and staff contacts, association schedules and event agendas, job classifieds, children’s programs, as well as latest news and updates.

The app is compatible with both iPhone and Android devices and is available as a free download from the Apple App store and the Google Play store, or as a smartphone-ready web app for all other users. To find out more, visit http://aasa.org/app.aspx.  

Refugee Assistance

The Office of Refugee Resettlement website describes the Refugee School Impact Program, which provides funding for effective integration and education of refugee children.

State and state-alternative programs receive grants to support affected school districts that serve school-age refugees. (Visit www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/orr/programs/school-impact.)

AASA’s Children’s Programs website www.aasa.org/ChildrensPrograms.aspx will post updated information. Contact Sharon Adams-Taylor at 703-875-0720.

Children’s Support

AASA Children’s Programs assists superintendents seeking to address policy and practice on school discipline, college access, school breakfasts, childhood obesity, coordinated school health and health insurance enrollment, and professional development redesign consistent with the Common Core standards.

To learn more, visit www.aasa.org/ChildrensPrograms.aspx.

Newcomer Membership

Do you know of a first-time superintendent in a neighboring school district? You can invite him or her to join AASA by sending along the electronic sign-up form, which is available at www.aasa.org/Join.aspx.


 

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