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MacGregor, Robert R. – School Administrator, 2012
As the superintendent of a school district, how do you establish yourself as a leader of learning? This question was paramount to the author as he began his first year as superintendent in Kelso, a 5,000-student district in southwestern Washington. He wanted his staff and all stakeholders to know he was serious about instructional improvement and…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Public Schools, Instructional Leadership, Instructional Improvement
Harrington-Lueker, Donna – School Administrator, 2008
Six years ago, to gauge the challenges facing new school system leaders, "The School Administrator" tracked the challenges of six superintendents who had assumed their first superintendency in summer 2001. The story of their experiences, "Superintendent Rookies," appeared in the magazine's October 2002 issue. The six…
Descriptors: School Districts, Educational Change, Counties, Superintendents
Banks, Patricia Anne; Maloney, Richard J. – School Administrator, 2007
In most districts, the evaluation of superintendents by the members of the board of education takes place in executive session of the board behind closed doors. Few board members or superintendents question the status quo. Most evaluation forms are merely collections of subjective checklists that catalog approved personality traits, attributes,…
Descriptors: School Districts, Personnel Evaluation, Superintendents, Boards of Education
Sneed, Maree – School Administrator, 2007
This article discusses the interpretations of the court's ruling in "Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District 1." The decision handed down June 28, the last day of the Supreme Court's term, does not prohibit school districts from voluntarily integrating schools as long as the school district meets certain legal…
Descriptors: Race, Voluntary Desegregation, Interests, School Districts
Jacoby, Jill – School Administrator, 2005
The Warden School District, with 977 students, sees itself as a district ready to address the challenges of rapidly changing demographics. Over the past decade, the percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch has grown from 50 percent to 72 percent. The ethnically diverse district found a useful framework for its work in the…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Guides, School Districts
Goldman, Jay P. – School Administrator, 2004
From the day he landed in the southeastern Washington community of Kennewick as district superintendent, Paul Rosier let it be known through his actions, as well as his words, that he intended to be the school district's instructional leader. Rosier is a big-picture guy who likes to spend time peering through small windows. In a masterful way of…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Instructional Leadership, Literacy, Educational Strategies
Pardini, Priscilla – School Administrator, 2003
Describes how to upgrade a school district's central-office facilities without incurring taxpayer enmity. Includes case studies from Harford County, Maryland; Orange and Broward Counties, Florida; South Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Mt. Baker, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; and Rochester, New Hampshire. (PKP)
Descriptors: Central Office Administrators, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Schools, Secondary Schools
Jones, Michael H. – School Administrator, 2002
Personal account of his first-year experience as superintendent of the East Valley School District, a suburban district in Spokane, Washington. (PKP)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Styles
Enoch, Steven W. – School Administrator, 1995
A Washington principal has developed nine strategies to increase parent-teacher conferences' value. Teachers should identify a student's strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing, listening, and speaking; highlight areas where progress is lacking; provide parents with work samples; discuss the student's participation level; and identify growth…
Descriptors: Family School Relationship, High Schools, Parent Teacher Conferences, Student Evaluation
Jeanroy, Don – School Administrator, 1996
Facing an ever-increasing student retention rate, staff at a Washington elementary school implemented a multiage program. Teachers received considerable training but experienced burnout the first year. Four years later, retention is down, test scores and attendance are up, discipline referrals have decreased, teacher turnover is low, and parents…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Attendance, Developmental Programs, Discipline
Penning, Nick – School Administrator, 1989
To confront the growing proportion of disadvantaged children amidst the shrinking pool of future workers, Jule Sugarman (Washington State Secretary of Social and Health Services) has proposed a Children's Trust to fund existing and new programs for children. The program would be funded by a .3 percent payroll tax for both employers and employees.…
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Disadvantaged, Education Work Relationship, Elementary Secondary Education