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The Apprenticeship Alternative

BY PAUL RIEDE

Work-based learning is taking hold in high schools from Georgia to Wisconsin that have forged valuable partnerships with local employers with skilled needs. But creating wider appeal and committing resources for more career prep remain challenges for educators.

Time for a Redesign

BY TERRY B. GRIER

The importance of matching a school district’s career and technical education to the demands and needs of the local labor market. The author describes what he’s learned about building the Futures Academy.

College and Career Ready

BY CHANEY W. MOSLEY

In Nashville’s career academies, students gain readiness for work and further study through authentic experiences provided by partnerships with local employers and higher education.

Career Skills vs. Academics: Not an Either/Or Proposition

BY EDWARD A. BOUQUILLON

When students graduate from high school, the superintendent wants them to answer two key questions: What do I do well? And what do I love to do?

Partners With Purpose

BY ALLEN S. GROSSMAN, ANN LOMBARD AND JAN W. RIVKIN

School districts and companies typically fail to pursue mutually beneficial opportunities, according to a national study at Harvard Business School led by the authors. But, they say, some superintendents are finding new, deeper ways to work with business beyond a financial gift.

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STARTING POINT

The editor’s appreciation for education lawyers willing to share practical counsel.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY

District-Paid Dues

The degree to which school boards provide support to the superintendent for professional memberships.

BEST OF THE BLOGS

Brief excepts from five of the more intriguing blog postings by superintendents of late.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR

Cutting Arts or Sports?

The panel wrestles with a scenario over cost cutting that will eliminate one valued program or another.

LEGAL BRIEF

Can Parents Be ‘Expelled’ for Bad Behavior?

BY V. WAYNE YOUNG  

Disruptive behavior by athletes’ parents is no longer uncommon. Laws sanctioning misbehavior directed toward educators applies to the sidelines. 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT

Speaking the Language of Board Meetings

BY RYAN DONLAN  

A former superintendent’s proactive measures prevent communication breakdowns at school board meetings by identifying six behavior types.

MY VIEW

Disregarding Data Harms Low-Income Students

BY HAROLD LEVY  

The former chancellor of New York City schools warns about ignoring research findings about giving talented, low-income students the support to keep up with wealthier peers. 

MY VIEW

Helping Principals Beat the Clock

BY JOAN McROBBIE  

The need for a process providing administrators with what they most want — tools to know what’s happening in their classrooms and support teachers’ needs.

FOCUS: CREDIT RECOVERY

A District’s Move to Virtual Summer Coursework

BY AMY GARRETT DIKKERS AND SOMER LEWIS

Reading & Resources

  • Book Reviews
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  • Bits & Pieces

Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

In the Shadow of Reauthorization

BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON

Why we’d welcome your backing of AASA’s prescription for ESEA as it relates to accountability and assessment.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE

Four Champions of Children in Our Profession

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH

A tribute to this year’s best in the school system leadership field.

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS 

An Effective Teacher for Every Student

BY BOBBI DEPORTER

Professional development tailored to close student learning gaps.

PEOPLE WATCH

The latest collection of career updates in the superintendency.

PROFILE

Lillian M. Torrez

BY KRISTIN C. HUBING

The superintendent in Taos, N.M., has come a long way from a difficult childhood.

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Industry Spotlight: School Safety

Visitor Management Systems with Access Control
BY BRETT ST PIERRE
The school environment can improve its state of security through visitor management systems.

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