October 2023: School Administrator
Thunderbird Partnerships: From Fledgling to Flight
How a New Jersey district’s program connects the community’s workplace experts to classroom learning and student growth.
Learning From the Best Abroad
The National Center on Education and the Economy’s CEO shows how some school district leaders are studying the world’s best systems to drive change at home.
Female and Male Career Considerations
Differing factors by gender among those applying for their first superintendency.
Coming Clean on a Child’s Death
A district leader reconsiders his misleading public statement about a son’s fatal use of fentanyl, but what if his ex-wife doesn’t go along?
The Legal Framework for Public Comment Sessions
What are the legal ground rules for free speech at school board meetings?
Clear and Agreed-Upon Written Operating Protocols
The value of keeping explicit expectations for the board and superintendent.
Vulnerability Played to My Advantage
Making personal connections on a human level can ease the transition into a superintendency.
The Prejudice Within
A superintendent reflects on her experience visiting Israel and unpacking her own biases.
Connecting Well Beyond the Classroom
Personalized learning can deliver skills to students in evolving industries.
Embracing the Next Transformative Technology
Exploring the possibilities with artificial intelligence and making students informed consumers.
A District Looks Beyond Diplomas to Deliver Future-Readiness
The final column in a series highlighting AASA demonstration districts focuses on Township High School District 214’s work on career pathways.
Making the Most of His Alaskan Surroundings
The superintendent in Haines, Alaska, emphasizes skill development by students specific to their environment.
Our Entre into AI Literacy
We admittedly did not set out to address artificial intelligence when we began planning the content for this month’s issue of the magazine early in the calendar year. (The original theme was “Connecting to the Outside World.”) With the latest version of the ChatGPT chatbot having been released publicly only a few months prior, the subject was just beginning to make ripples through the K-12 education community.
Those ripples are now ferocious waves, and educators everywhere are thirsting (not unlike editors of education publications) to discover more about AI’s place in teaching and learning and all other facets of school district operations.
At School Administrator, we intentionally chose our entre into this subject a bit gingerly with two feature-length articles. One attends to how a school community might follow a formal decision-making process for the uneasy questions being raised about AI use. The other, co-authored by veteran superintendent Quintin Shepherd, lends an overview of the challenges and opportunities he and his colleagues in the field can expect to address soon.
The debate over embracing or eschewing new AI technologies will extend well past the classroom, of course, and keeping up with the latest artificial intelligence developments will remain a major need for us and for those of you leading educational institutions.