September 2021: School Administrator
So You Want to Relocate?
What to know about the desperate search by school boards for experienced leadership emerging from a dark period
Don’t Be Shy: This Interview Opener Is All About You
Mastering the delicate balancing act of creating a memorable impression without promoting one’s ego in pursuit of a superintendency
The Seven R’s of Collaborative Leadership
Superintendents and boards leveraging shared governance to meet the pressing needs of the day
What changes did superintendents’ spouses make to accommodate the demands of the district leader’s job?
The Queue for Vaccinations
What position should a state superintendents’ association take on prioritizing school districts with the neediest students to receive COVID-19 vaccinations for staff?
The Legal Frontier of Native American Team Names
Being on the right side of the law when it comes to the use of school sports mascots and nicknames.
Ways for a Board to Show Its Accountability
How superintendents can support school boards in demonstrating their oversight role.
School Finance 101 in Four Short Videos
Step-by-step visuals inform the public on a school district’s spending plan.
Navigating the Vitriol Over Critical Race Theory
Educators can sustain respectful debate by sticking to the facts of history.
Contributing My Rural Voice From the Field
An Arizona superintendent’s take on her unique experience as a yearlong U.S. Department of Education fellow.
Paving a Long-Term Path to Sustainability
A superintendent on the importance of informing the public about district plans for capital spending.
Rebuilding a Sense of Belonging
Rebounding from pandemic fatigue to focusing on continuous improvement of schools.
The Regrettable Losses to Our Profession
AASA’s executive director reflects on the prevailing circumstances leading to forced career moves and retirements.
‘She Loves What She Does’
The superintendent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, exemplifies the power of hope and a positive attitude.
Jay P. Goldman
Marking a Moment in Time
Even just a few months into the coronavirus pandemic last summer, it was becoming clear to anyone who follows the state of the superintendency that school system leaders were experiencing quite extraordinary pressures. The sort of pressures that led superintendents to make announcements in September, the start of the school year, about their plans to retire the following January or June.
The early announcements rarely cited a particular reason for the pending departures, yet they signaled a wholesale movement of leadership talent. It’s been as striking as it’s been harsh.
We wanted to use this month’s issue to capture this historic moment when it comes to the superintendency field. We called on several distinguished, longtime practitioners, Carl Cohn, Max McGee and Terry Grier, as contributors on various pieces of the story that you’ll find beginning with Cohn’s “An Impossible Position."
I think it’s notable that this issue also carries a conversation between distinguished book author Jon Gordon (who writes about positivity in leadership) and Jill Siler, who is moving this month from the superintendency into a new role with the Texas Association of School Administrators. It’s the latest installment of our magazine’s Thought Leadership Series.
Jay P. Goldman
Editor, School Administrator
Awards of Excellence
This issue was the recognized as a Top 25 Best Single Issue from the Trade Association Business Publications International.
The National School Public Relations Association awarded School Administrator magazine with the Award of Excellence, the top recognition level, for the September 2021 issue on the state of the superintendency in the magazine category.