The School Administrator

Jan 2004 Cover

January 2004Foreign TravelSchool leaders reap tangible benefits from overseas study


  • Foreign Exchange

    by Carol Brzozowski

    In a global society, foreign study missions provide U.S. school leaders with the information and insights they need to strengthen what’s delivered in their schools and to gain a better appreciation of the distinctive qualities of the American system. Recent participants on overseas trips describe the benefits they reaped from their experiences.

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  • Navigating Whole-District Change

    by Francis M. Duffy

    Moving an organization toward higher performance is not a linear projection. Real-life change doesn’t happen in predictable stages. Given the complex and puzzling environment of school systems, the author cautions educators that change needs to be navigated, not managed. He provides eight principles for transforming an entire school system into a high-performing organization of learners.

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  • System Change Through Community Schools

    by Martin J. Blank and Dan Cady

    Community schools make a difference in the lives of students in ways that traditional schools, acting alone, do not. These two leaders of the community schools movement tell stories of superintendent leadership in four small to mid-size districts that illustrate how schools are changing from the inside out. The authors share how superintendents braided state and community services to solve problems of family mobility, insufficient health care and unsafe more | purchase issue
  • Examining Elections Past

    by Don E. Lifto and J. Bradford Senden

    Veteran educators discuss how to do a post-mortem on school district election results to investigate what worked or what did not to plan for your next successful bond or operating levy vote. Understanding exactly who participated in a recent finance election is one starting more | purchase issue


    A Crusader for Early Literacy by Jay P. Goldman

    The superintendent in Kennewick, Wash., Paul W. Rosier, is a big-picture guy who has focused on early literacy skills with excellent more


    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Surviving Your First Contract by Judith A. Ferguson

    Practical considerations for superintendents who want to ensure a civil relationship with the board extends beyond the terms of their first contract. The author is a past president of the New Jersey Association of School more
    Guest Columns

    Songs of Life for School Leaders by William R. Capps

    In Alaska, the native Americans speak of education being about the songs of life. School administrators need to embrace the songs of life too, but it is all too easy to forsake the beauty of the lyric and melody in the rut of more

    Your Actions Speak Volumes About You by Sarah J. Noonan

    Conduct a self-audit by thinking about whether your actions are consistent with what’s important to you. By doing so, you can recognize if you suffer from a credibility more


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    Tech Leadership

    Unconventional Wisdom About Buying Technology by Michael F. Sullivan

    Conventional wisdom says you shouldn’t buy anything in education until you see the research. But what about that research?read more
    President’s Corner

    Good News To Share With Gusto by John R. Lawrence, president, AASA

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    Executive Perspective

    Aligning Body and Mind by Paul D. Houston, executive director, AASA

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