June 2024: School Administrator

June magazine cover is dark blue and light blue with an illustration of a red-headed man with cogs in his brain being adjusted by another person
CHANGING MINDSETS

This issue examines how school districts can modify attitudes about cellphones in schools, staff training and inclusion of all children with disabilities to improve teaching and learning experiences. 

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We can learn a great deal about how to change people’s mindsets from the wider research field of organizational leadership, so I’m excited that our June issue captures some of that thinking and applies it to leadership of K-12 school systems.

Our lead piece “Breaking Through for Positive Change” by Sally Susman, a corporate executive with Pfizer, speaks clearly to the messaging that organizational leaders must exercise to cut through the noise and division in society today. Susman came to our attention by virtue of her recent book Breaking Through: Communicating to Open Minds, Move Hearts, and Change the World.

Another contributor is Mary Herrmann, a former superintendent who now prepares future superintendents. She shares with us some recent literature in Harvard Business Review and elsewhere that may resonate for our readers when it comes to influencing people’s attitudes and actions.

Other informative pieces on changing mindsets explore cellphone use in schools and getting staff and parents to buy into the inclusion of all students with disabilities in regular classrooms.

On a final note, I want to mark the impending retirement of colleague Mort Sherman, a senior associate executive at AASA. He has been an important contributor over my three-decade tenure with his insightful writing, relevant story ideas and solid leads to writers (including one in this issue). Thank you, Mort, for all of that.

Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator
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 jgoldman@aasa.org
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