February 2019: School Administrator
Unpacking an Invisible Burden: Children’s Mental Health
We must understand where students come from and how that impacts everything they experience in the classroom
Trauma-Sensitive Practices in Brockton's Schools
Three R’s help develop a trauma-sensitive schools
Comfort in Crisis
Therapy dogs in classrooms offer support to children stricken by trauma and others learning to read
Long-Term Effects of Therapy Dogs in Schools
It is unclear whether dogs have long-term effects on student learning
Resilient Schools Put Educators First
When it comes to serving students who struggle, a network of schools in Alberta is attending as well to staff well-being
Excitement About District's Future
Gallup’s survey of superintendents captured their feelings about their districts’ futures.
Top-Ranked But Suspicious
A meritorious teacher of 30 years is accused by a 4th grader of battery. The superintendent, though distraught, places the teacher on leave but questions himself over his action.
Using Facebook Live to Drive Engagement
Streaming videos is part of one Texas school district's innovative marketing. The author details three key stages of a live broadcast.
Bless You (and Your E-mails, Too!)
Dealing with a school employee whose e-mail signature includes a quote from Christian doctrine. Should policy prohibit?
Two Sides Evaluating Each Other Annually
The use of a board/superintendent evaluation checklist gives the author a chance to deliver feedback to his board individually and collectively.
My Shadowing Lesson: The Importance of Play
Public schools are the birthplace of future citizens and public leaders
It's Time We Advocate for the Poor
The causes of poverty are difficult factors to overcome
Differentiating Funding and Improvement Priorities
Two important aspects of establishing funding priorities often are overlooked
Harmony and Rhythm With My Paddle
WHEN OUR LOCAL community college invited me to serve on a panel as part of the leader development program for employees, I accepted enthusiastically.
Creating Cultures Through Cohorts
Professional networking with critical friends may be the most valuable use of training time for school system leaders.
A Half-Century of Moving Children Forward
A 50-year educator in Connecticut who hasn’t run out of challenges to address.
Optimism & Other Insights
ONE OF THE NEWER sections in our magazine is the State of the Superintendency, an infographic that sheds statistical light on various facets of school system leadership. This month’s installment shares superintendents’ optimism about the future of their own districts compared to schooling nationwide.
The data that fuel the infographic each month come from surveys conducted by AASA’s public policy department, AASA’s state affiliates and the Gallup organization, which since 2013 has been surveying superintendents annually.
Our magazine’s principal designer, David Fox of Auras Design in Silver Spring, Md., finds imaginative ways to display the comparative data in various formats. His efforts to bring alive mundane statistics has enabled the State of the Superintendency to become one of our magazine’s most avidly followed sections. In our comprehensive readership study last summer, it ranked third among 19 sections with 58 percent of respondents saying they read it regularly.
We’d love to know what you derive from the data.