School Administrator: November 2017
Race & Education
Leadership Through an Equity Lens
BY MATT UTTERBACK
How his adopted brother’s struggles prompted a superintendent to confront the power of white privilege and build an inclusive learning environment across his suburban Portland district.
Choosing Integration and Making It Last
BY ALLISON RODA AND PAUL L. TRACTENBERG
The Morris, N.J., schools present a rare counter-story to segregated and unequal education — one of the nation’s most racially and socioeconomically diverse districts.
Recruiting Our 'Missing' Students
BY CHRIS BELCHER
A superintendent details his mission to enroll underrepresented students in Advanced Placement classes.
Equity Goals and Equity Visits
BY THOMAS HATCH AND RACHEL ROEGMAN
Participants in a superintendent network jointly study each other’s diverse schools in pursuit of high-leverage academic goals.
Combating Hatred Among Us
BY TERRANCE L. FURIN
A racially charged exchange between two school leaders reveals the pressing need for sustained reflection on our core democratic values.
Becoming an Ally in the Battle for Social Justice
BY VERONICA MCDERMOTT
A former superintendent describes what she has learned about white privilege as she pursues educational equity and promotes cultural understanding.
What a superintendent’s Twitter feed revealed about his priorities.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Measures of Effectiveness
Superintendents rank the factors that best gauge school quality.
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Excerpts from four superintendents’ insightful blog posts.
The 'Morally Offensive' Magazine Cover
The principal cancels a journalism class’s subscription to Time over the image of a breast-feeding mother, and the dispute reaches the superintendent’s desk.
Livestreaming to the World From Classrooms
BY JENNIFER DELGADO
Broadcasting live on social media lets stakeholders experience school events, but there are risks to consider.
'Who's Paying You?' A Question of Outside Employment
BY V. WAYNE YOUNG
The important matter of public perceptions, in addition to legalities, of the superintendent’s work activities for a third party.
Expect Consequences When Social Media's Unchecked
BY C. ED MASSEY
The superintendent can help prevent unfortunate mistakes by board members by promoting a few sound principles.
The Day 'Charlottesville' Captured New Meaning
BY ROSA S. ATKINS AND PAMELA R. MORAN
A dramatic societal change as witnessed by the superintendents in Charlottesville, Va., and the surrounding Albemarle County.
Using Questions To Blow the Lid Off What's Possible
BY CHARLES F. YOUNG AND LISA M. GONZALES
The act of reframing a situation by school leaders to give better direction and focus.
Our Agility in Responding to Constant Change
BY KIMBERLY S. MORITZ
Educators tend to complain about change that wouldn’t qualify as real change in other workplaces today.
Taking Time for Relationships
BY AMY ILLINGWORTH
A central-office leader uses short personal visits with staff members across the district.
Reading & Resources
- Book Reviews
- Why I Wrote This Book...
- Bits & Pieces
Loving Diversity in Public Education
BY GAIL PLETNICK
Resonating points in common about schooling with our neighbor to the north.
Our Campaign for Equity
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Positioning superintendents as thought leaders on equity in education.
Julie Luetjen on Human Resources Management
The out-of-view personnel work that keeps AASA running effectively.
Our monthly list of AASA members transitioning in their careers. Also, the Sidelight shines on Zeffro Gianetti and his lifelong interest in drum performing.
PROFILE: W. Burke Royster
BY PAUL RIEDE
Following his dad to a pre-eminent post in South Carolina.