September 2016: School Administrator


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Editor's Note

Advice May You Never Need

The superintendent’s platter is routinely overflowing and full of complicated matters. Yet nothing could be more emotionally wrenching than bearing the responsibility for sharing the traumatic news of a student suicide with members of the school district and the wider community.

Glenn “Max” McGee, an accomplished veteran of several decades in public school leadership, captures with sensitivity, candor and deep insight that unsparing experience in our cover story, one of the most comprehensive pieces we’ve ever published in School Administrator. We believe McGee’s detailed examination of how the Palo Alto, Calif., school district has responded in the aftermath of a suicide cluster deserved the fullest attention we could provide, and we encourage you to circulate it widely through our digital edition.

We’re supplementing McGee’s report on his school district’s prevention measures with stories that address the impact of stressful college admissions, how to deal with grief among students and staff members and the process of referrals to community-based mental health services. Another article looks at what could be newfound attention to student mental health under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

While we genuinely hope no superintendent finds a need to put into action some of the strategies McGee and his colleagues had to devise, we do welcome reactions to our coverage from our readers.

Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator

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