School Administrator: September 2019
Executive Coaching and Mentoring
Vignettes of Superintendent Mentoring
School Administrator asked three mentors of new and aspiring superintendents — Gail Pletnick, Amy Sichel and Stephen Joel — to share a personal narrative about their experiences on one side or the other of a coaching equation.
Coaching and Mentoring Superintendents of Color
BY MARIA G. OTT
Generating support behind the unique circumstance of being “the first” in a majority-white school community by a superintendent who experienced that.
BY MATTHEW B. TAYLOR
A leadership consultant on the use of emotional intelligence in coaching school leaders.
Coaching as a Way of Being
BY JILL A. BAKER AND KELLY D. AN
In Long Beach, Calif., leadership development means distinct programs for aspiring central-office administrators as well as principals and teachers.
Lead by Example
BY DUANE (D.T.) MAGEE
A superintendent in Iowa creates a yearlong internship for a high school senior to experience the challenges of organizational leadership.
A superintendent hosts a yearlong high school intern.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
How widely are superintendents’ salaries limited by their state government?
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Samples of high-minded insights appearing of late on four superintendents’ blogs.
Reconsideration of a Hire
Our professional panel digests the board’s intent to undo a groundskeeper hiring after discovering his crime conviction as a minor.
Petitioning the Board on Coaching’s Merits
BY ISOBEL STEVENSON
Position the request around developing a more nuanced view of the local schools.
The Elusive Pursuit of a Defamation Claim
BY MICHELE V. JONES
The law requires public officials prove malicious intent, making it difficult to counter critical slurs and published falsehoods.
The Danger of Pressuring Kids Early
BY RICH KARLGAARD
A case for letting students bloom outside the heavy hand of adults in their young lives.
Silos and Sheep Mentality Threaten Democracy
BY GEORGE A. GOENS
Opening students’ eyes beyond a binary view of their world and a dangerous cycle of indifference.
FOCUS: MENTAL HEALTH
The Timeliness of Actions When a Staff Member Dies
BY NANCY L. WAGNER AND JOHN W. CORBETT
How two superintendents of neighboring school systems in suburban Chicago networked in dealing with unexpected deaths of two staff members over a weekend.
Reading & Resources
- Book Reviews
- Bits & Pieces
Leveling Up Leadership
BY DEBORAH L. KERR
The opportunity for personalized development through coaching.
AASA’s Mentors Making a Mark
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
A professional coach helped a newcomer (the author) launch a successful 27 years in the superintendency.
Valerie Truesdale on Leadership Services
BY JOETTA SACK-MIN
A former superintendent brings her know-how and skill set to AASA’s professional development for incumbents and aspirants.
A monthly recap of professional comings and goings in the AASA ranks.
PROFILE: Jeffrey K. Butts
BY JULI VALENTINE
An education in horse training before becoming an educator and award-winning superintendent.