School Administrator: January 2021
Early Learning Done Remotely
A Conversation With John Kotter: Leading Transformative Change
Our Thought Leadership Series features retired superintendent Larry Nyland interviewing John P. Kotter, author of That’s Not How We Do It Here! A Story About How Organizations Rise and Fall … and Can Rise Again.
Brain-Compatible Instruction for Young Learners in a Remote World
BY LINDA L. JORDAN
An understanding of neuroscience contributes to growth experiences of youngsters, even in virtual settings.
Trauma Sensitivity in Early Learning
BY SUSAN F. COLE AND JOANNE E. CAMILLO
Caring connections with students and families can help combat the pandemic’s severe effects.
My Learning Curve for Early Learning
BY PETER DALLAS FINCH
School system leaders with limited exposure can be pacesetters in lifting early childhood education.
What Head Start Can Teach Us About Engaging Families
BY DEBORAH L. BERGERON
The national director of Head Start, a former principal, on mutually advantageous, reciprocal connections.
The Power of Play
BY PASI SAHLBERG
A Finnish educator’s views on the essential place of unstructured school time during the school day.
Our attention to the pandemic’s powerful punch to those in the early levels of education.
STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Social Media Presence
How many superintendents are daily users and how many try to stay away?
BEST OF THE BLOGS
Excerpts from four thoughtful blog posts relating to superintendents’ work in the most trying times for our public schools.
Tattling on Truant Peers
What’s a school district administrator to do with knowledge shared by a son about his friends’ inclination to skip online classes in a neighboring school system?
Reducing Liability From Complaints
BY SARA G. BOUCEK
Limiting the school district’s risk will mean de-escalating parental or citizen beefs before they reach the courts.
Policy Pitfalls Awaiting Triage
BY COURTNEY SANIK
Working together to update your school board policy book that often grow dusty without periodic attention and renewal as conditions change.
There’s No Leadership Without ‘Nuance’
BY MICHAEL FULLAN
The venerable book author wonders whether school leaders today carry the ability to link contextual details to the big picture to effect complex change.
One Study Is Enough to Be Dangerous
BY NORA E. GORDON
Educators ought to be wary of relying on a single piece of research to back one’s position with confidence.
Janitor to Custodian to Superhero
BY PETER C. BLAKE
A small-city superintendent shares his appreciation for those staff members who maintain school buildings as healthy workplaces amidst the pandemic — often out of sight but not out of mind.
Reading & Resources
- Book Reviews
- Bits & Pieces
Creating Spaces for Collaboration
BY KRISTI WILSON
Symbiotic exchange leads to sharing, learning and strategizing, especially when it comes to educating our youngest students.
Our Actions on the Early Learning Front
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
How your professional association is making a major commitment to growing early childhood programs nationally.
A monthly compilation of members’ career movements.
PROFILE: Kenny Rodrequez
BY JOETTA SACK-MIN
The superintendent in Grandview, Mo., had all of his communication channels open and operating when the pandemic struck.