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School Administrator, May 2015 
  

 

Splendid Recap of 150th

My goodness, what a trip down memory lane your February issue of School Administrator provides! Really, it’s splendid. The stories and the milestones timeline from 1865 to 2015 are remarkable. The staying power of AASA over the years is impressive, as are its accomplishments, particularly in legislation and professional development.
    In addition, your issue shows an impressive array of big names from the worlds of politics, news and entertainment who have met with AASA leaders. You can add an additional cabinet member to that list. The man sitting second from the left in the 1973 photo you published of     President Richard Nixon meeting with the AASA Executive Committee is Caspar Weinberger. He was secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare in 1973.
    Finally, a special shoutout to Marian Kisch’s doggedness in digging up the fact AASA is tied with nine other organizations as the 55th oldest professional association in the nation.
    Here’s to the next 150 years!

James Harvey

Executive Director,
National Superintendents Roundtable,
Seattle, Wash.


Your issue of magazine highlighting AASA's 150-year history is a fun and meaningful read. I'm proud to be a member in good standing for over 43 years. This issue just made that point more forcefully.

Richard B. Warner

Retired AASA Member,
Fargo, N.D.

Gettysburg’s Lessons

As a superintendent who was fortunate to have taken part in a leadership seminar at Gettysburg along with Robert Milward, I thoroughly enjoyed his My View column (“Gettysburg’s Lesson on Situational Leadership,” January 2015).  
    Millward tied General’s Lee’s decisions at the Battle of Gettysburg to a superintendent’s daily decision-making in an uncanny fashion. Leaders at all levels and in varying fields make careful decisions – daily. It was extremely interesting to experience (and then read more about) the use of discretionary orders as they apply to all of us.

Alfonso Angelucci

Superintendent,
Slippery Rock Area School District,
Slippery Rock, Pa.

 
As I flipped through the January issue, a title caught my eye: “Gettysburg’s Lesson on Situational Leadership.” I thought to myself, I know a professor who uses battlefield leaders to demonstrate different types of leadership theory. As I looked at the byline, I recognized it was my former professor, Robert Millward, in the administrative and leadership studies program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
    Millward not only has his students travel to Gettysburg, using it as a platform for the study of leaders and leadership theory, he also has used the Battle of Jumonville Glen, the battle that began the French and Indian War. His doctoral students walk the fields of battle as the history unfolds with the Gettysburg directives of General Lee or the Jumonville decisions of Major George Washington being called to question and debated among the students. Were their commands based upon situational, authoritarian or delegative leadership theory? Being on the actual battlefield, envisioning the historical events that occurred, provided for intense discussion and reflection on the outcome of each engagement.
    Although it has been 10 years since I participated in the study of leadership with the author, I can still smell the trees in the woods, hear the branches break under my feet and see in my mind’s eye the battles unfold. Thank you for the opportunity to reach back and revisit leadership theory through his column.

Luanne L. Kokolis

Associate Superintendent,
Rock Hill School District,
Rock Hill, S.C.

 
    

Cyberbullying

Callie Holtermann’s article on cyberbullying, “Can’t We all Just Be Civil?” (December 2014), was well written and, as both a parent and someone who works with educators, I found it quite enlightening.
    We go through many publications related to education both locally and nationally at our office. I glance at most, but hers I read completely. I can’t recall seeing many written by the true consumer --the student. An article by a by a high school senior in a national publication merited my attention.
      What Holtermann describes as the “senior names” mode of Facebook was especially interesting and new to me.  I wonder if those teenage users realize that sooner or later photo tags (or some new software) may catch up to that trick.
        I encourage your magazine to consider more articles written by motivated and talented students as representative of our consumers. We should try hard to listen as they have much to teach us.

Anthony Farag

Cooperative Purchasing Specialist and Trainer,
Resource Training & Solutions,
Sartell, Minn.

 

Bullying Advice

Michael Weber’s article, “Adult Bullying” (December 2014), was very informative and well written. It’s nice to see a Wisconsin superintendent exemplifying the visionary leadership we have here in our state.

John H. Ashley

Executive Director,
Wisconsin Association of School Boards,
Madison, Wis.


Well-Defined Purposes

Shelley Berman’s article, “Purposes of Education,” as part of your series on future-focused leadership in the magazine’s November  issue was great.

Gregory A. Franklin

Superintendent,
Tustin Unified School District,
Tustin, Calif.

 

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