January 2023: School Administrator
Measurements in Education
This magazine issue examines the strategies districts can use to effectively assess systems and students in a changing education landscape.
Data Teams and Collective Educator Efficacy
A school district’s partnership with the American Institutes for Research led to instructional coaches using statistics for improved purposes.
How the Pandemic Changed Our Thinking about Teacher Evaluation
An intermediate education agency refocuses staff performance reviews to include evidence of student engagement.
My Work Is Valued
A wide range of superintendents feel appreciation on the job, a survey suggests.
Our panel analyzes a superintendent struggling to decide whether to reveal information she learned during a relationship with a fellow superintendent.
Employee Political Speech During Polarizing Times
Where’s the fine line that separates acceptable messaging by staff members from unprotected speech?
Managing Public Comment
Practical measures to skirt negative behavior by those with disruptive voices at school board meetings.
Unsecured Guns and the School-Home Partnership
A former superintendent has common-sense precautions to prevent tragic outcomes involving students.
The Beatings Must Stop
Drawing on decades in the superintendency, the author has decided views on the use of in-school paddling in 2023.
Advancing Your Strategic Plan in a Summer Retreat
Four important steps to prepare an administrative growth session.
What We Focus On Grows
Are schools measuring what really matters for learners?
The Questionable Forms of Student Assessment
Student testing has seen major developments since the No Child Left Behind Act.
Harvard District Promotes Dual Languages as Equity Asset
A small district’s unique immersion program helps learners and builds community.
A Latina Pioneer Ready for AASA’s Helm
AASA’s incoming president has been a pioneering leader.
Educating About Violence Prevention
I’d honestly never thought much about a role for educators to play in curtailing the tragic number of injuries and deaths that befall school-age youngsters because of the easy access of firearms in their homes. That changed when I received a manuscript submission last May on this topic from Ken Mitchell, a longtime AASA member who serves as editor of AASA’s quarterly electronic publication, the Journal of Scholarship and Practice. He called his submission a “Dear Colleague” letter.
Mitchell brings a load of credibility to this issue from his four decades in public education, as he references in his My View commentary, “Unsecured Guns and the School-Home Partnership." Sadly, he’s no outside observer to gun violence in schools and beyond. In one episode, during his time as superintendent of a suburban school district in New York, he had to disarm a parent with mental illness who confronted him inside his school district office.
There’s a lot of common sense in his message.