February 2022: School Administrator
Adult Wellness Support at a Systems Level
One district has begun to make systems-level changes to address as many of the root causes of burnout as feasible.
Availing Opportunities in Your Federal Funds for Technology
The challenges of obtaining federal funds for technology are real, too, with limits on the horizon for use of the substantial support
Crossing the Dividing Lines to Narrow Gaps
As online classes, both synchronous and asynchronous, became necessary during the COVID-19 health crisis, the existing problem of the digital divide was exacerbated.
The Road to Recovery Is Paved With Relationships
Five steps educators can take to catalyze connections for students within and beyond school
What’s Your Community Thinking? Survey Methodology Defines What You’ll Hear
The authors contrast opt-in and random-sample approaches to public feedback in the buildup of a referendum campaign
The tasks that consume superintendents’ time.
Working Remotely But Responsibly?
Teachers granted permission to work from home for health reasons show up in travel photos during the pandemic. Our panel considers a fitting response.
Considerations for Remote Board Meetings
A veteran education attorney on weighing the continuance of virtual school board sessions.
Divided Boards and Dissension
Three ideas from the author on appropriate leadership responses to the polarization on your governing body.
The Nefarious TikTok Challenge
A superintendent’s strategies for addressing deviant student behavior.
Remembering Two Who Brought Us to SEL
A friend’s tribute to two late leaders in social-emotional learning research and development.
What I’m Learning About the Personal and the Practical
A retired educator’s high-minded thoughts about assuming an interim superintendency.
Deciding If a Severe Weather Closure Is the Best Course
A meteorologist’s guidance on evaluating a weather threat when making a snow day call.
Live Well, Lead Well
AASA’s newest campaign promotes the necessity of school leader self-care.
Remote Learning’s Enduring Qualities
The lasting impact of virtual instruction as an ancillary component of in-person learning.
Navigating Rough Times With His Compass
The superintendent in Everett, Wash., uses a strategic compass for navigating.
Connectivity in Human Terms
Nearly two years ago, when schools everywhere scrambled to provide broadband access during remote teaching and learning, we figured a theme issue on digital connectivity made a lot of sense. But as we moved through the opening months of the 2021-22 school year with the majority of schools operating in-person, we concluded that the human connections among educators and with students de-served as much attention.
The expanded focus brought us to Susan Enfield, the widely admired superintendent of Washington’s Highline Public Schools, a school district that has committed to ensuring human connectivity through its distinctive practices. You can read about these in an article by Enfield and a companion piece by a district colleague on supporting the well-being of staff members.
Of course, we don’t want you to overlook the contribution of Jessica Rosenworcel, the recently appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, on her agency’s multi-program support of digital connectivity for families and schools. Aleck Johnson of EdTech Strategies details how local schools might take advantage of those federally funded opportunities.
On the matter of connections, we hope you will reach out to us at School Administrator to let us know what we might offer in 2022 that will best meet your needs and interests. I’ll be on the other end of any connection you make.