April 2021: School Administrator
Decision Making That Sustains People and Deepens Relationships
How a small South Dakota district serves as its community’s hub and heart during a crisis year.
Embedding Local Culture in Student Learning
A rural school district in northern Wisconsin serving Native American youth strives to incorporate local culture and history into its curriculum and instructional life.
Complementing a Strategic Plan with a Learning Agenda
How to reach the results you’re after and avoid doubling down on a tack that isn’t paying off.
The issues that generate the most action among advocates within a school community.
Quid Pro Quo Donors
The case of private fundraising to preserve interscholastic athletics in a strapped district.
Regulating Off-Campus Speech: Guidance on the Way
An expected Supreme Court ruling on a case of derogatory student speech conducted outside of school.
Can You Remedy the Outlier Syndrome?
Dealing with the “lone wolf,” a school board member who is apathetic to the team’s goals.
Leveraging YouTube During a Pandemic
How a school district has been using short videos to its advantage during an extended public health crisis.
Equity Comes Down to Device Access
Why a big-city superintendent was adamant that every child deserved a personal computer to have a chance at real learning.
Instructional Rigor Runs Through School Librarians
Reimagining, redesigning and redefining a familiar staffing role through the eyes of a superintendent in Oklahoma.
One More Question for a Would-Be Superintendent
As a one-time candidate for a superintendency, the former public TV correspondent posed some major moves for change in schooling.
Mitigating Your District’s Cyber Risks
Guarding against losses and exposure of a devastating technology security breach.
Culture, Core Processes and Organizational Excellence
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS of a leader who prioritizes organizational excellence? How can that excellence be achieved during extraordinary times such as those we face today?
An AASA Commission Plots Path to Excellence
Be bold, AASA’s director tells a short-term commission setting goals for student-centered, equity-based education in America.
Putting Teamwork Into Practice
An AASA member profile on Michelle Reid, superintendent, Northshore School District, Bothell, Wash. featured in the April 2021 issue of School Administrator
Jay P. Goldman
Pursuing Organizational Excellence
Some school systems in out-of-the-way places have been pursuing lofty goals of organizational excellence, and they’ve not allowed the uncertain and unpredictable conditions of the past 12 months to derail their work. In fact, some of the tools for continuous improvement they’ve been practicing have come in especially handy.
First-person accounts of these districts’ distinctive efforts are chronicled to an extent in this month’s issue. You’ll read accounts about the school districts in Estacada, Ore., Tea, S.D., Lac du Flambeau, Wis., and Menomonee Falls, Wis. — notably how they’ve tried to ensure effective teaching and learning continued during the year-plus of the coronavirus pandemic. The lead article, “Learning From Our Wicked Challenges,” is written by Patricia Greco, a former superintendent who now works for Studer Education.
Our April issue also includes the fifth in our Thought Leadership Series, a conversation between former superintendent Mary Herrmann and Gary Hamel, co-author of a new book with an applicable theme for all school district leaders, Humanocracy. You’ll also find an ample dose of usual in-the-trenches coverage, such as a how-to on dealing with the “lone wolf” on your school board and an infographic flagging the most common political advocates pressing on district leaders. And don’t overlook a profile of the 2021 National Superintendent of the Year, Michelle Reid.
Always welcoming of your feedback.
Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator