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ERIC Number: EJ914007
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6439
The Urge to Write
LaFee, Scott
School Administrator, v68 n2 p17-23 Feb 2011
It's said that buried in every journalist is a novel waiting to be written. Something similar seems to apply these days to school administrators, particularly superintendents. Not a novel, perhaps, but some kind of writing, from book to blog. The urge might be personal, but more and more, writing from a school executive's point of view has become a professional standard, and possibly a necessity. Every year, scores of books are published by educators for educators. A growing number of the authors are superintendents. Aside from books, administrators traditionally have penned letters to the editors of newspapers, as circumstances dictated. Others author regular columns or features for their local papers, though that practice has abated as the newspaper industry has changed and shrunk. Magazine articles by superintendents for education-oriented publications, including "The School Administrator," continue to represent significant content. But it's in the ether of the Internet that veteran and new superintendents appear to be truly and fully expressing their voices. From websites to blogs to tweets, growing numbers of administrators are employing direct, digitized tools to communicate with diverse communities--not just local students and their parents or surrounding townsfolk, but with the entire world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A