August 2023: School Administrator
The Delicate Handling of Equity Work in Conservative Communities
Three superintendents tread cautiously while making progress in their school districts.
The Invisible Subgroup: LGBTQ
As a mentor to aspiring superintendents, the author is asked how to deal with the “partner game” when interviewing with school boards.
Superintendents’ views of their boards have changed somewhat over the course of the pandemic.
A Pedagogical Purpose for the N-Word?
A superintendent teaching the historical impact of racism in a graduate school law course wants to quote a U.S. senator’s use of a racial slur.
Coach-led Prayer at Football Games
What’s permissible in light of the Supreme Court’s decision on religious practices at school sporting events?
The School District’s Triangle of Success
Consider the chief financial officer essential to the district governance conversation, expanding it to a three-way partnership.
Retaining New Teachers by Strengthening Their Induction
Supporting teachers in their early years by building structure into their professional work.
Engaging Reluctant Staff in New Initiatives
Practical solutions for getting buy-in when putting in place strategies or moving in different directions.
Inclusion as the Sum of Us
The new AASA president’s debut column examines school leaders’ duty to maintain a welcoming environment.
Empathy for Building a Sense of Belonging
To support inclusivity practices in schooling, we need to listen to understand, to truly hear others.
Equity Drives Mission for Early College in High School
Eleventh in a series about AASA demonstration districts spotlights the West Allegheny School District in Pennsylvania.
Acting on Implicit Bias to Benefit All
The superintendent in Northfield, Minn., recognizes how his implicit biases come into play.
Marking Progress on Inclusion
The notion of educating children with intellectual and developmental disabilities in school settings with their same-age peers seems simple enough. It’s been anything but as our magazine’s continuing focus on the subject of inclusion over the past 30 years would suggest.
We renew our attention here by focusing on the work waged by Kurt Schneider, superintendent of a cooperative of 18 school districts in the suburbs just north of Chicago. Schneider has prompted significant moves to educate much higher totals of students in their least restrictive environments in a state that historically has ranked close to the bottom on those measures. The story starts on page 15.
During his seven years in charge, the TrueNorth cooperative has demonstrated how to deliver services to all students in new and different ways based on what the research says about better outcomes emerging when kids are educated together in schools.
Schneider has presented progress on his inclusion leadership over the past three years at the national conference of TASH, a disability advocacy organization. It’s where I also learned about the work of two other important contributors to this month’s issue — Kate Cavanaugh, an elementary school principal in Lake Forest. Ill., and Shannon Hitch, special services director in Lake Washington, Wash. I commend your attention to their practical, can-do thinking in their respective articles.