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Kisch, Marian – School Administrator, 2012
Natural disasters, as well as crises of the man-made variety, call on leaders of school districts to manage scenarios impossible to predict and for which no amount of training can adequately prepare. One thing all major crises hold in common is their far-reaching effects, which can run the gamut from personal safety and mental well-being to the…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Athletes, Death, Crime
Steiner, Lucy; Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – School Administrator, 2012
When the Minneapolis Public Schools first set out to hire turnaround school principals, administrators followed their usual process--which focused largely on reputation and anecdotal support and considered mainly internal candidates. Yet success at the complicated task of turning around the fortunes of a failing school depends on exceptionally…
Descriptors: Personnel Selection, Principals, Employment Qualifications, Job Skills
Phillips, Vicki L. – School Administrator, 2011
The idea behind public charter schools was to develop flexible models of public schools and to incubate innovative ideas that then could be shared with the district's public schools. Today, almost 20 years since the first public charter school opened its doors in Minnesota, one still does not see consistent, productive collaboration and shared…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Public Schools, Cooperative Planning, Participative Decision Making
Beem, Kate – School Administrator, 2010
As Internet technology encroached on the public school classroom about a decade ago, Kim Ross, superintendent of the Houston School District in Houston, Minnesota, saw an opportunity. At first, he and his administrative team simply wanted to offer students in the district of 1,300 access to more classes via the web than what a district that size…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Public Schools, Online Courses, School Districts
Graves, Bill – School Administrator, 2010
For decades, people questioned the sense of having two school districts, each with its own superintendent, central office and high school, operating in the same small town of The Dalles on the banks of the Columbia River in north-central Oregon. But election campaigns to consolidate repeatedly failed because each community had strong emotional…
Descriptors: Consolidated Schools, High Schools, School Districts, School District Size
LaFee, Scott – School Administrator, 2009
Citizens now expect access to information, particularly from public institutions like local school districts. They demand input and accountability. Cultural and technological changes, such as the Internet, make it possible for districts to comply. Yet transparency--the easily seen and understood actions of a school district and the thinking behind…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Access to Information, Public Relations, School Districts
Gibbons, Kimberly – School Administrator, 2008
No matter how one formally define response to intervention (RTI), most definitions contain common components: scientific, research-based instruction; the use of learning rate and level as the basis for determining effectiveness of intervention; and decisions about intensity and duration of interventions based on a student's response to…
Descriptors: Intervention, Disabilities, Earth Science, Evaluation Methods
Beem, Kate – School Administrator, 2008
A 2004 College Board survey revealed that school districts around America wanted to offer Chinese, but finding qualified teachers was a problem, says Selena Cantor, director of Chinese Language and Culture Initiatives for the College Board. So last year, a new College Board program brought guest teachers from China to school districts in 31…
Descriptors: Chinese, Teacher Exchange Programs, Second Language Programs, School Districts
LaFee, Scott – School Administrator, 2007
On the morning of Dec. 12, 2006, hundreds of federal agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement descended upon six Swift and Co. meat-packing plants in Texas, Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota and Utah affecting communities. These federal crackdowns on illegal immigrants reverberate in schools too, forcing superintendents to confront some…
Descriptors: Childrens Rights, Immigration, Immigrants, Superintendents
McNulty, Raymond J.; Quaglia, Russell J. – School Administrator, 2007
Rigor, relevance, and relationships are three elements that provide the hallmark for education today. These three elements are integrally connected; if one is missing in a teacher's teaching practices, he or she is not doing his or her best to prepare students for success in school and in life. To ensure the inclusion of both rigor and relevance,…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Difficulty Level, Relevance (Education), Teacher Student Relationship
Kenney, Linda Chion – School Administrator, 2006
This article discusses how school districts are taming uncivil behavior especially by parents in the stands. Spurred on by incidents of bad sportsmanship, the Albert Lea district, working through a committee of stakeholders, published a set of standards that spell out for players, coaches, students, parents and community members the school…
Descriptors: Aggression, Ethics, Sportsmanship, School Districts
Goldman, Jay P. – School Administrator, 2005
Could a North Dakota farm boy with a smallish frame, bookish appearance, understated speaking voice and aw-shucks humility possibly be a good fit to lead a powerhouse, cosmopolitan private school for American students living abroad, whose governing board consists mainly of high-flying corporate executives and well-heeled attorneys? The answer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Leadership Qualities, Administrator Qualifications, Boards of Education
Rofes, Eric – School Administrator, 1999
Some superintendents successfully exploit competitive intentions of the charter-school movement to improve district schools. A 1997 study of randomly selected districts found that half had experienced little financial effects from charters. Districts often lose certain ethnic groups and disgruntled parents. Ripple effects and policy…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Charter Schools, Competition, Educational Change
Wolak, Mark; And Others – School Administrator, 1992
The mission of the Rum River (Minnesota) Special Education Cooperative is to help local school district staff integrate students with challenges in regular education settings. Currently, almost all children attend a home school in their local communities. The expanded opportunities in regular classrooms have raised disabled students' expectations…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Benefits, Elementary Secondary Education, Mainstreaming
Snyder, Karolyn J.; Anderson, Robert H. – School Administrator, 1988
Organizational transformation, rather than improvement, is fast becoming the focus as dynamic and energetic leaders open new frontiers in work life and productivity. Schools can move beyond tinkering with structures and processes by creating a vision of school greatness. Florida's and Minnesota's experiments with professional partnerships are…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, Productivity, Quality of Working Life