September 2020: School Administrator
A Model for Promoting Student Voting
A school district in North Carolina launched a comprehensive voter education program
On Civility: Five Rules for Engagement
Education leaders should not avoid weighing in on the hard issues of the day, but who wants to be caught between polar extremes?
College Degrees Earned by Superintendents
An infographic on the academic credentials of superintendents.
A Deceptive Illness
Is disciplinary action warranted when a support staffer in the superintendent’s office takes medical leave owing to the pandemic that turns out to be false?
The Drip, Drip, Drip of Misinformation
A superintendent’s tack for pro-actively stemming misleading and unfair postings about the schools before they take on a life of their own.
Using Personal Devices for Work (and Vice Versa)
Consider the potential legal entanglements of mixing use of the device in your hand between work and pleasure.
Defining Ethical Decisions Alternatively
Making the most defensible and sustainable decisions by looking through more than one lens.
The Healthy Superintendent Is an Effective Superintendent
Why every school system leader ought to devise a continuous improvement plan for attending to her or his own wellness.
Inspiring All Youth Through Diverse Classroom Libraries
Curating the library books made available to students in culturally responsive ways can ramp up engagement in learning.
‘I Wouldn’t Want Your Job’
When others say that they wouldn't want your superintendent job during a troubled time, you know they need your leadership more than ever.
Civics Lessons in Challenging Times
MANY OF EDUCATION’S INEQUITIES were uncovered with the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and, more specifically, the nationwide school closures.
Coming Back Better
AASA has been a guiding force in raising essential questions and staking out priorities before schools can reopen safely.
Building Equity by Building Relationships
Building equity tops the agenda for the superintendent of Washington’s Highline Public Schools.
Civil discourse is always a fitting path for those charged with making weighty decisions in public life — maybe never more so than now in the stressed state of our democratic republic.
That ought to make Jason Glass’s thoughtful set of five rules of engagement (“On Civility”) requisite reading for anyone in the ranks of public school leadership right now. The author draws on his experience leading a sprawling school system just outside Denver, Colo., where he counts residents about equally split between registered Republicans and Democrats and where the population bears facets of urban, suburban and rural socioeconomics. It’s the sort of place where everyday decisions could land you in the vise between polar extremes.
Glass has had plenty of chances to exercise his own rules in recent months to come up with the best decision on school reopening for his school community in Jefferson County, Colo., where he’s been superintendent for three years. He departs this month for a new political landscape, that of his native Kentucky, where he has been appointed state education commissioner.
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