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December Cover

Cybercivility

 

 

A district devises its own tactics for stemming outrageous online behavior

December 2014                                       Number 11 Vol. 71 

 

 

 

Features

Cybercivility
BY MICHELLE R. DAVIS
How one suburban district is using a task force of students, educators and outsiders to deal with the tide of inappropriate online behavior. The district's initiative has devised a series of practical tools.

    Defining Cybercivility
    Benefits of districtwide attention
    A positive fight against bullying
    Additional resources

Teens and Social Media: Can't We All Just Be Civil?
BY CALLIE I. HOLTERMANN
A high school senior's keen insights on why her peers post online without considering the consequences and why she hesitates to get caught up in social media fervor.

Adult Bullying
BY MICHAEL R. WEBER
A Wisconsin Superintendent's techniques for recognizing and responding to harassing behavior in a school district when it's the adults committing the boorish actions.

Building District Character, School by School
BY KATHLEEN A. HOEKER
A New Jersey district with 9,000 students tries to scale up its culture-building initiative to reach every site after being recognized with several National Schools of Character.

    School systems prioritizing character development
    11 principles of character

Frontline

STARTING POINT
In our look at civility, we turn to a high schooler with some countervailing ideas on social media use.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Employment Rollover

About one in three superintendents hold employment contracts with an evergreen clause.

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

ETHICAL EDUCATOR 
Siting the Homeless

The city wants to use a public park to temporarily station homeless families. But it's just a block from an elementary school.

LEGAL BRIEF
Controlling the Thermostat on Attorney Fees

BY NANCY F. KRENT
A veteran school board lawyer offers five ways district leaders can minimize legal costs.

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Governance and Management Cut Both Ways

BY DONALD R. McADAMS
Superintendents rightly complain that board members cross the line between governance and management, yet boards occasionally have reason to dip into the management of district affairs.

PUNCHBACK
Myth: Incompetent Staff Can't Be Fired

BY GENE V GLASS
Those who tell tales of corporate CEOs dismissing dozens of useless employees each morning before breakfast are out of touch with reality.

MY VIEW
Eye-Opening Moments as My District's 'Undercover Boss'
BY KEITH JACOBUS
What did the superintendent learn from shadowing staff members on their jobs?

MY VIEW
The Shorcomings of School District Websites

BY SUSAN  GRAY
The author examined 700 district websites and found herself surprised by what she could not find.

MY VIEW
Minding the Millenial Principalship Gap

BY JAY A. GREENLINGER
The face of school leadership is getting younger. Want proof? Type "newest school principal" in a Google search box.

 Reading&Resources

RESOURCE BANK
A 2013 doctoral study examined high school principals' decisions to remain long-term in one post.

WHY I WROTE THIS BOOK
Nancy Sindelar, an AASA executive consultant and AASA member since 2013, on writing Influencing Hemingway: People and Places that Shaped His Life and Work (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014)

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Books - How To Innovate

How to Innovate
by Mary Moss Brown and Alisa Berger
Reviewed by
John C. Fagan

Books - Everyone

Everyone at the Table
by Ellen Behrstock-Sherratt, Allison Rizzolo, Sabrina Laine and Will Friedman
Reviewed by
Bob Schultz

Books - Dilemmas

Dilemmas in Educational Leadership
by Donna J. Reid

Reviewed by
Paul A. Shaw 

Books - Reforming

Reforming a School System, Reviving a City
by Gene I. Maeroff
Reviewed by
Art Stellar

Books - Reinventing

Reinventing Schools
by Charles M. Reigeluth and Jennifer R. Karnopp
Reviewed by Frank Kelly

 Books - Sexual Harassment

Sexual Harassment and Bullying
by Susan L. Strauss

Reviewed by
Marilyn King

 


 

 AASA Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
A Look at Civility

BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
Public schools reflect their communities, meaning most of society's divisive issues involve students and educators.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Our Partnership with Community Colleges

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Blurring the line that separates K-12 and higher education benefits institutions and students event more.

PEOPLE WATCH 
Our monthly installment of AASA members' career moves around the country.

PROFILE
Nicholas M. Gledich
BY ANN D. HELMS
For the superintendent in Colorado Springs, "putting out fires" was more than a figure of speech.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

 

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

 

 

 

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