The Benefits of Alternative Licensing
Well-designed alternative licensing programs can offer a strong support structure. With careful planning, the training can be much more potent than most district induction programs. In addition, programs such as these can be used to recruit specific groups of teachers – such as more male teachers or more math teachers – into the profession.
A Healthy Partnership
A board can help keep the board-superintendent relationship healthy by making a strong commitment to ongoing management of the relationship with their superintendent, and by reaching agreement with their superintendent on the ingredients of an effective communication strategy. High-impact school boards take responsibility for maintaining productive partnerships with their superintendents.
An Interview with Daniel Domenech
Former Fairfax County (Va.) Schools Superintendent Daniel Domenech returns to Washington, D.C., as the new executive director of the nation's largest superintendents association. Known for his hands-on style, Domenech wants to have a bigger seat at the table as Congress continues its work on the revision of No Child Left Behind.
Growing the Next Generation of Administrators
Due to the leadership shortage school districts are facing, succession planning is more critical than ever. It involves a proactive process of systematically identifying, developing, retaining, and promoting people with high potential to ensure leadership continuity in key positions. "Growing your own" can save considerable time and money in the long run.
Taking Risks for Reform
When ASBJ asked education consultant Deborah Meier to name some failed and successful school reforms of the past three decades, she e-mailed back this short reply: "In fact, the successes have also been the failures." Let's take a look at what has worked, what hasn't, and why.
Doing Your Superintendent's Performance Evaluation Right
School boards around the country have taken very practical steps to ensure that the very precious, high-stakes--but oh, so fragile--working relationship with the superintendent remains close, positive, productive, and enduring. Easily the most important step is implementing a well-designed and executed process for evaluating superintendent performance.
Crafting a Contract with Your New Superintendent
Superintendent contracts often are much more than a legal document that specifies employment terms. In most cases, they are a symbol of the desired relationship between the board and superintendent, and they are very local in nature.
How Can You Support New Principals?
Diversity, reform initiatives, accountability demands, scarce resources, and other changes have put more demands on the principal than ever. We also know that principals are important to the academic success of our students and our schools. But how can we help our principals if we don't support them?
Rudy Crew's Lessons Learned From the Miami School Chief
An interview with Miami-Dade County Public Schools' superintendent Rudy Crews, 2008 National Superintendent of the Year.
Time Management for Administrators
A principal can enter the building with a set schedule that completely changes before the first cup of coffee is poured. How you manage the day's demands and constraints ultimately will determine your success in the workplace. How can you juggle all of these demands successfully? The answer, in a word, is simple. It's called planning.
Newsmaker: Retiring AASA Chief Paul Houston
Paul Houston started his education career as a "wayward English major," became a principal by age 25, and hasn't looked back much since. But, on the eve of his final conference as executive director of the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Houston took some time to reflect on his 40-plus year career in education and the organization he has served since 1994.
Preparing New School Administrators for Success
Today's school leaders face increased demands to raise the academic bar while closing the achievement gap. There is a greater focus on more collaborative leadership, more demands for community involvement, and a greater need for data-driven decision making and the use of technology. Montgomery County Public Schools' Leadership Development Program for new middle and high school assistant principals provides leaders with the tools to meet these challenges.
Finding and Keeping School Adminstrators
Once they realized that the best way to find and keep qualified building-level administrators was to grow them themselves, the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES created their Leadership Institute with four goals in mind: identify entry-level school leaders from educators within their schools and region; give candidates a chance to learn about educational leadership; offer them incentives to pursue graduate programs for administration certification; and provide them with paid internships.