School Administrator: September 2020
Educating for Democracy
Fulfilling the Democratic Aims of Education
BY ERICA R. HODGIN, JOSEPH KAHNE AND JOHN S. ROGERS
A systemic approach for generating learning opportunities for students to be informed participants in civic and political life.
Democratizing Schools From the Inside Out
BY CARL D. GLICKMAN AND IAN M. METTE
Broadening civic education to connect participatory student learning to the wider world.
Civic Education in the Elementary Years
BY SHELDON BERMAN
A school district’s curriculum for teaching community values, while affirming cultural diversity, for contributing in a democratic society.
On Civility: Five Rules for Engagement
BY JASON E. GLASS
A veteran school system leader on tackling the hard issues of the day without being caught between polar extremes.
Civil discourse rules proffered by Jason Glass, one of this month’s featured contributors.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
College Degrees Earned
An infographic on the academic credentials of superintendents.
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Four thought-provoking excerpts from members’ recent blog postings.
A Deceptive Illness
Is disciplinary action warranted when a support staffer in the superintendent’s office takes medical leave owing to the pandemic that turns out to be false?
The Drip, Drip, Drip of Misinformation
BY CURTIS E. FINCH JR.
A superintendent’s tack for pro-actively stemming misleading and unfair postings about the schools before they take on a life of their own.
Using Personal Devices for Work (and Vice Versa)
BY JOY S. BASKIN
Consider the potential legal entanglements of mixing use of the device in your hand between work and pleasure.
Defining Ethical Decisions Alternatively
BY MICHAEL ADAMSON
Making the most defensible and sustainable decisions by looking through more than one lens.
The Healthy Superintendent Is an Effective Superintendent
BY NICHOLAS I. CLEMENT
Why every school system leader ought to devise a continuous improvement plan for attending to her or his own wellness.
Inspiring All Youth Through Diverse Classroom Libraries
BY DAVID C. BANKS
Curating the books made available to students in culturally responsive ways can ramp up engagement in learning.
‘I Wouldn’t Want Your Job’
BY JIM MAHONEY
When others say that about you during a troubled time, you know they need your leadership more than ever.
Reading & Resources
- Book Reviews
- Bits & Pieces
Civics Lessons in Challenging Times
BY KRISTI WILSON
The teachable moments in the COVID-19 pandemic for attending to the inequities in education.
Coming Back Better
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA has been a guiding force in raising essential questions and staking out priorities before schools can reopen safely.
A monthly compilation of comings and goings by AASA members. The Sidelight shines on a member with a big collection of animal figurines at home.
PROFILE: Susan Enfield
BY JACQUELINE HYMAN
Building equity tops the agenda for the superintendent of Washington’s Highline Public Schools.