School Administrator: August 2018
Career Pathways for Students
Connecting High Schoolers to Apprenticeships
BY BRENT T. PARTON
Increasing attention nationwide is being given in high schools to programs that deliver worksite preparation.
Learning From Practice: How European Apprenticeships Impact the U.S.
BY LUDGER A.M. DEITMER
A German researcher describes his country’s model for preparing non-college-bound students for meaningful entry into the skilled labor force.
Global Internships in Sandusky
BY JULIE LENNER-McDONALD
With the area’s factories gone, an Ohio district devises a senior year program emphasizing soft skills and worksite credentials in relevant fields.
College Is the Means, Career Is the End
BY ROBERT B. SCHWARTZ
The author’s case for downplaying a college prep curriculum for all in favor of ensuring all students have developed professional skills for the workplace.
The New Reality of Career and Technical Education
BY KIMBERLY GREEN
Overcoming tired stereotypes to promote programs for students in high-demand, advanced fields.
The Overlapping Worlds of Work and Education
BY SANDY HUSK
Teachers in the AVID program align skill building in classrooms with tomorrow’s workplace expectations.
Transitioning Students With Disabilities
BY PAUL RIEDE
Grassroots efforts to support students with intellectual disabilities as they move on to college and career training.
Substantive alternatives to the “college for all” camp.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
The extent to which school boards today are making public their superintendents’ job evaluations.
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Four pithy excerpts from the most thoughtful blog posts by superintendents.
A Hairy Backtrack
Our panel tackles the case of a principal’s job offer withdrawn from a primary grades teacher who refused to shave his long beard.
Managing Public Comments at Board Meetings
BY MICHELE V. JONES
The law does not guarantee a person’s right to speak at a board of education meeting, so how should you permit open feedback?
Board Committees That Work
BY DOUG EADIE
A poorly designed structure of standing committees just might be the cause of micromanagement.
Superintendent Blogging Should Be a Fixture
BY CHRIS J. KENNEDY
Blogging may not be the central force the author expected in schools today, but its interest among district leaders is taking a firm hold.
FOCUS: PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT
Three Types of Mentors Support Our New Hires
BY NICHOLAS J. MYERS
The nurturing process extends well beyond induction week.
One-on-One With Every District Colleague
BY MATT J. TEETER
The new superintendent in Willard, Mo., on his successful mission to meet each employee in his district during his first year.
Reading & Resources
- Book Reviews
- Why I Wrote This Book...
- Bits & Pieces
Test-Driving the Future
BY CHRISTOPHER O. GAINES
The debut column of AASA’s new president asks: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Filling in Skill Gaps With Youth Apprenticeships
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s executive director has seen up close the merits of vocational programs for school-agers.
Our monthly record of members on the move, plus a Sidelight shines on a St. Louis-area superintendent who leads yoga sessions.
PROFILE: Michelle R. Saylor
BY PAUL RIEDE
Exceeding expectations in her own schooling en route to a top post.