School Administrator: October 2017
Reimagining Space in Schools
Ending Old-School Nostalgia in Learning Spaces
BY HEIDI HAYES JACOBS
Fresh thinking about classroom setup and architecture and their impact on student engagement by the author of Bold Moves for Schools.
Reimagining and Renovating as Acts of Choice
BY PRAKASH NAIR
How innovative learning spaces and related programming can make public schools more competitive and appealing to students and families.
Building a School's Brand
BY KEITH CURTIS
Smart K-12 school systems revitalize their buildings and identity though design elements.
A View of Facilities From Both Sides of the Table
BY SARAH J. WOODHEAD
Three guiding principles for getting the best school facility design. The author worked for years in central administration before going to work for a school design firm.
A Strategic Role for School Finance Officers
BY ALITA MCCOY ZUBER
Evolving practices are bolstering the academic side of the ledger for school business leaders in the central office.
Recalling a personal impact of school space.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Superintendents with a severance provision in their contract.
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Four pithy excerpts from reflective blog postings by AASA members.
A Threat on Record
What to do about a respected principal caught on a surreptitious audio recording threatening a 14-year-old special education student?
Connections Pushing Our Professional Growth
BY JOE SANFELIPPO
The driver for new learning by staff comes through Twitter, blogs, online workshops and Instagram — tools with a social linkage to like-minded educators.
Transgender Employee Rights in Schools
BY MICHELE V. JONES
The abrupt revelation the day Mr. Sconce, the veteran science teacher, showed up as Ms. Scot. How to address gender transitions among staff.
Your New School Board Member: A Previous Superintendent
BY MICHAEL T. ADAMSON
At first glance, it’s a situation with the appearance of a train wreck waiting to happen. But that’s not always so.
Computer Science for Every Student
BY MICHAEL P. NAGLER
A superintendent says an effective K-12 computer science program should give students multiple pathways and entry points.
Where Will Our Students Stand Without Impact Aid?
BY MARC S. JACKSON
Threats to federal support could sever the cultural ties for this superintendent’s Native American students.
On Computers, Fish and Learning
BY JOHN A. KAUFHOLD
Are educators inadvertently discouraging critical thinking by students?
Reading & Resources
- Book Reviews
- Why I Wrote This Book...
- Bits & Pieces
How to Define Space
BY GAIL PLETNICK
Moving beyond physical dimensions by addressing philosophical and conceptual change.
Space as a Function of the Mind
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s director sheds no tears for the disappearance of anchored classroom desks and chairs for students.
Vera Turner on Professional Learning
The AASA staff member who manages externally funded projects that raise professional calibre.
A monthly compilation of AASA members making career moves. The Sidelight shines on Andre Ravenelle, a superintendent and landscape painter on Cape Cod.
PROFILE: Hollis G. Milton
BY KRISTIN C. HUBING
The superintendent of Louisiana’s West Feliciana Parish Schools found big shoes to be filled.