February 2024: School Administrator
From Data Privacy to Data Justice
The risks of discrimination and exploitation of students in elementary and secondary schools that arise from the use of new technologies.
Who’s Responsible for Student Data Privacy?
It’s not only the tech team that needs to be paying attention. Everyone in the school district plays a part in prevention.
The decline over a decade in the mean age of superintendents.
Sterling Words But Whose Were They?
Our panel analyzes how a superintendent should act upon discovering the newly hired principal used ChatGPT to craft his application essays.
Accommodating the Transgender Student
The legalities of inclusion when it comes to overnight school field trips.
How Board Business Impacts Achievement
Getting the vision of board members focused on district values will contribute to better student learning.
I Don’t Have an Opinion on That
Do superintendents really need to take positions on everything, even topics unrelated to education?
Saying ‘Sorry’ as a Basis to Good Relations
Building connections with others sometimes means assuming personal responsibility in stressful situations.
Determining a District Website’s Return on Investment
Metrics for measuring whether your web presence is being optimized.
An Ounce of Prevention
The cost of not doing enough can be steeper than being prepared to head off an attack.
Our Preventative Measures for Cybersecurity’s Dangers
The work of AASA’s Student and Child Privacy Center in combating digital crimes committed against schools.
Steering the Wheel of Our Editorial Processes
School Administrator magazine’s senior editorial assistant makes use of her education and journalism work experiences to address a broad range of editorial responsibilities in her work.
Building Confidence as the Great Equalizer
The Caldwell, Idaho, superintendent on the importance of expressing confidence in organizational leadership.
I’ve been impressed by the increasing number of AASA members who have been turning to book writing and periodic blog writing to articulate what’s inside their heads when it comes to running school systems in this most challenging of times.
In case you missed our January issue, you’ll find evidence of their substantive contributions to the book publishing front. We compiled a list of 44 titles that were authored or co-authored by an AASA member between 2020 and the present. It’s an impressive collection that includes a few highly personal accounts of their work lives, a book for young children and other works commanding attention on timely and relevant matters (Equity-Focused Leaders, The Trust Imperative and Leading Through Chaos, to cite just a few titles).
Further evidence of the writing bug among school leaders can be found in the professional blogs they maintain. Our magazine staff has created a directory of several dozen on the AASA website, where the best of the bunch are those education leaders who contribute their observations and reflections at least once a month.
I find it valuable to learn what’s on their minds. That explains why you’ll find two My View columns appearing in this issue that originated as postings elsewhere: “I Don’t Have an Opinion on That” by Chris Kennedy and “Saying ‘Sorry’ as a Basis to Good Relations” by Brian Ricca.
If you’re working now on a book or maintaining a blogsite that’s not on AASA’s radar, I hope you’ll reach out to let me know of your extracurricular writing efforts. I’d sure like to learn from you.