April 2021: School Administrator


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Editor's Note

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

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