Best of the Blogs
School Administrator, April 2018


“Whenever I hear of a suicide, it triggers memories of my brother who also died from suicide a few years ago. At that time, I was told that suicide is the most selfish act one can commit. I do not agree because I now know my brother was suffering from depression, anxiety, paranoia, and effects from medication — in other words, a mental illness.”

From “Tragedy” by Jerry Ness (superintendent, Fergus Falls, Minn.) on his blog Supt Ness


“[S]tandardized assessments have a place in public education. They can help to identify specific attributes of student learning, highlight disparities in achievement, be effective gauges of content and skill mastery and inform curricular and programmatic decisions. Sadly, here in NJ, we have veered sharply from standardized assessments simply having a place to occupying too much space.”


From “New Standards, Old Thinking” by Charles Sampson (superintendent, Freehold Regional High School District, Englishtown, N.J.) on his Superintendent’s Blog


“We have been able to identify and eradicate misunderstandings regarding personalized learning in an effort to provide clarity. Clearly identifying what personalized learning is not has assisted in the development of understanding …”

From “Creating Clarity” by Bill Adams (superintendent, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Schools, Janesville, Minn.) on his blog Sup’s Slants


“All educators need mentoring. Yes, I said ‘all’ because not even I do it right every day. I have mentors too! And as a marathon coach, I know that my role is to assist, inspire and motivate those with whom I run.”

From “The Role of Instructional Coaches” by Lisa Marie Gonzales (assistant superintendent, Dublin Unified School District, Dublin, Calif.) on her eponymous blog


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