April 2016: School Administrator
Four Keys to College and Career Readiness
Analysis of entry-level college courses and high-quality high school programs revealed what it takes to succeed at two-year and four-year postsecondary institutions.
Character Education on a District Level
Ask community members what they want in school climate and they’ll answer: ‘Develop the whole child’
Alternative Measures of Intelligence
Five reasons why IQ tests have no value in K-12 schooling … and never did
A Gallup survey asked superintendents what contributes most significantly to their impact on the job.
Hunting He Will Go
Is punishment deserved for a teacher who leaves a .50-caliber rifle displayed visibly inside his pickup truck in the school lot?
Your Defense Against Blogger Attacks
Responding to misinformed nonsense is rarely warranted. Remaining a positive steward is.
When a Board Member Breaks Confidentiality
A teachable moment for a superintendent dealing with a leaker on the board.
Digital Equity in School Communities
Addressing at-school access widen achievement gaps by children from low-income and minority families who lacked broadband and devices to do homework when they went home. Access outside of school needed to be addressed.
A 2-Minute Drill for Community Awareness
A superintendent’s unscripted tool for regularly connecting with his fast-growing Texas district.
Why Retain a Supervision Model From the 1860s?
What's the continuing point of dropping into classrooms to observe teachers once or twice a year?
Knowing When To Move On
A superintendent's personal reflections on making a career move when everything in the district is running just swell.
Pausing From the High-Stress Treadmill
My district spent the last several months exploring our school calendar and focused beyond start and end dates. We wanted a new daily schedule and yearly calendar that takes into account the social and emotional wellness needs of our students and staff.
Seizing the Moment for Better Assessment
The reauthorization of federal law, while short of what’s needed, united education groups in purpose.
School Culture With a Home Court Edge
A firm’s data reports that address social and emotional learning.
A Force in the Capital for Good
A West Virginia superintendent with political connections to make a difference.
The Evergreening of Succession
One subject that never falls far from attention is that of leadership succession within public school districts. It’s what we in the periodicals world call an “evergreen” topic.
This issue looks at several school systems that have made succession planning a formal and ongoing process and includes a detailed interview with Kevin Maxwell, a veteran superintendent now leading the Prince George’s County, Md., schools. Several of the highlighted districts have been part of a multiyear program under the AASA umbrella, funded by The Wallace Foundation.
At the same time, I’d argue that leadership succession always has been a fixture in School Administrator. Regular readers know that each issue carries a People page with 4-6 short items about AASA members involved in a recent or upcoming change in their professional life and a list of about two dozen transitions for job appointments, retirements and deaths. You might be surprised to know we are one of the few associations to tout career moves of members in every issue — something we’ve been doing since August 1992 — and the only publication covering K-12 education I’m aware of to do so!
While many of the names appearing on the People page come to our attention through news clippings, press releases and announcements in our state affiliates’ newsletters, we’re always pleased to receive the information directly from our members. You’re welcome to ping me through one of the channels below.