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 School Administrator: May 2015

Librarian as Digital Maven


Features

Second-Order Leadership

BY MARK A. EDWARDS

Over the eight years of his school district’s digital conversion in Mooresville, N.C., the author has presided over a new culture that’s distributing the role of leadership to disperse corners.

From Media Specialists to Digital Literacy Leaders

BY DEBBIE T. TURNER AND MICHELE D. WHITE
 
Recognizing the importance of school media centers to student success, the Mobile County, Ala., schools are transforming library media specialists into digital leaders, coaches and collaborative partners.

Teacher Librarians: Mavens in a Digital Age

BY STEVEN T. WEBB AND MARK C. RAY
 
The school district in Vancouver, Wash., is leveraging its librarians in new ways to address teachers’ instructional capacity and the readiness of students for whatever lies ahead.

A Small District Acting Big on Tech Use

BY JAMES S. ROBERTS
 
The superintendent in a rural Indiana farming community describes the five key strategies of launching his district’s one-to-one digital initiative. Every student in four schools now uses a personal technology device.
 

 
 Frontline

STARTING POINT

The editor’s admiration for a superintendent who’s stayed tied to a school district he’s now put on the map

  

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Gender and Longevity

How men and women compare in tenure of current position.
 

BEST OF THE BLOGS

Brief excerpts from five superintendents’ reflective blog posts.

  

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
The End-Around Faculty Play

How to deal with board members who surreptitiously meet with teachers from a school upset about their principal.
  

LEGAL BRIEF
The Rights (and Challenges) of Minority Board Factions

BY NANCY F. KRENT
Individual board members ask what rights they hold against an intransigent majority, while board majorities try to defuse disruptions caused by an angry dissident member.
  

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
Acting Consistently Can Stem Nepotism

BY CHERYL W. RYAN
Erasing all doubt about hiring decisions may not be feasible, but ensuring the processes are rock solid helps a superintendent maintain order when chaos at a board meeting threatens.
  

MY VIEW
One Insider’s Perspective on Special Education

BY LEWIS COLLINS
A veteran educator says you can be both compassionate and fiscally smart in fulfilling the federal mandate to serve children with disabilities.
  

MY VIEW
Time to Lead by Outrage

BY GEORGE A. GOENS
Speaking out boldly for what one believes about public schools and then acting on those convictions.
  

FOCUS
Community Relations: Repurposing Your Schools

BY JOSEPH F. ORTIZ
How a district shuttered two unneeded schools without public anguish.
  

READING & RESOURCES 

  • Book Reviews
  • Abstracts
  • Bits & Pieces
      
Insight

PRESIDENT'S CORNER
Making Memories of a Lifetime

BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
Personal takeaways from the Lifetouch Memory Mission in the Dominican Republic.
 

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Realizing the Possibility of Personalized Learning

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s executive director comments on the educator’s Holy Grail — instruction tailored to every student’s needs. 
  

PEOPLE WATCH

Career transitions of late among those in the superintendency. 
  

PROFILE: Philip D. Lanoue

BY PAUL RIEDE
The Clarke County, Ga., superintendent is the 2015 recipient of his profession’s highest honor.
 
 

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READER REPLY


INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Special Education

BY LIZ GRIFFIN
The top issues relating to school districts’ special education services.
  

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