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Bechler, Kent L. – School Administrator, 2013
In the book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," author Michael Lewis describes how the Oakland Athletics, one of the poorest teams in Major League Baseball, became one of the most successful teams by using simple analytical methods that had existed for years but had been largely ignored by the baseball executives. "Moneyball"…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Minority Group Students, Data Analysis, Academic Achievement
Fox, Kathy R.; McNulty, Carol P. – School Administrator, 2013
Monique was the kind of student every college professor remembers fondly. She seemed to excel in all areas. She enrolled in additional course work to earn a double academic major, completed an academic honors program for which she received national recognition, earned accolades for her high grade-point average and competed on the university swim…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers
Lencioni, Patrick – School Administrator, 2013
For the last 15 years, the author's firm has been helping organizations become healthier and maximize their human potential by using the model outlined in his latest book, "The Advantage," which is the culmination of his previous books and models. Schools and school districts have embraced the model and enjoyed the competitive advantage…
Descriptors: Public Education, Organizational Development, Leaders, Teamwork
Zavadsky, Heather – School Administrator, 2013
A team of 4th-grade teachers in California's Sacramento City Unified School District collaboratively examines student writing products using a rubric that outlines elements in high-quality persuasive writing. The teachers analyze how they taught and assigned the written work in relationship to what the students produced. They focus on what a few…
Descriptors: Writing Instruction, School Districts, Grade 4, Intervention
Causton, Julie; Theoharis, George – School Administrator, 2013
Today, when trying to find a way to an unfamiliar destination, many rely on global positioning systems, or GPS technology. "Recalibrating" and "Whenever possible make a legal U-turn" are now ubiquitous phrases in the audio backdrop to many car trips. One can think about modern-day inclusive education in similar terms. The…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Inclusion, Federal Legislation, School Districts
Pudelski, Sasha – School Administrator, 2013
Eight years ago, Carleen Doucet was making her regular visits to schools in the Lafayette Parish district of Louisiana, where she works as the system's crisis intervention specialist, when she noticed a disturbing trend: More students with severe emotional disabilities were enrolled in the district than ever before. Few teachers and other school…
Descriptors: School Personnel, Aggression, Crisis Intervention, Disabilities
Weber, Cindy – School Administrator, 2013
School funding always will be a concern to school leaders, but it is an issue that districts have little control over. Teacher evaluation too often is a matter of compliance in school districts, and the author has always wanted to do something about it. Because of recent legislative changes to teacher evaluation in Michigan, where the author led a…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, School Districts, Professional Development
Riede, Paul – School Administrator, 2012
A growing number of teachers across the U.S. are comfortable using the Bible as a teaching tool. Public school courses involving study of the Bible have spread to at least 43 states, and at least seven state legislatures have approved laws encouraging some form of Bible study. High schools now offer elective courses on the Bible that adhere to a…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Reading Materials, Elective Courses, Religious Factors
Jandali, Ameena K. – School Administrator, 2012
"Terrorist," "son of bin Laden," "camel jockey," "raghead," "towel-head"--variations of the same epithets resurface in each generation with the same painful impact. While Muslim students in public schools were objects of derision and harassment long before 9/11, the situation in the past decade has become markedly worse. Bullying and harassment…
Descriptors: Prevention, Bullying, Muslims, Misconceptions
Haynes, Charles C. – School Administrator, 2012
Escalating conflicts over issues involving sexual orientation in public schools often pit conservative Christians against proponents of gay rights--with school leaders caught in the crossfire. Some beleaguered school administrators attempt to put a lid on the controversy by censoring student expression on one side or the other. But that tactic…
Descriptors: Homosexuality, World Views, Conflict, Sexual Orientation
LaFee, Scott – School Administrator, 2012
The typical superintendent these days is male (though the percentage of female superintendents is steadily rising, now accounting for one in four, according to AASA's 2010 decennial study of the superintendency), in his 40s and almost always married with children. When educators become superintendents, the issues of family dynamics and related…
Descriptors: Quality of Life, Superintendents, Women Administrators, Family Work Relationship
Carr, Sarah E. – School Administrator, 2012
Superintendents know they work and live in a giant fishbowl. School board members, teachers, community members and the news media have been known to scrutinize what kind of vehicle they drive, who they socialize with outside of work, whether they drink alcohol, where they live and when they leave the house each morning. But when the harsh glare of…
Descriptors: News Media, Superintendents, Boards of Education, Public Officials
Lockwood, Shannon R. – School Administrator, 2012
Superintendents whose young children attend public schools in their school district face a special challenge. How do you go about ensuring your children are treated like other students, neither advantaged nor disadvantaged by their unique connection to the chief executive of the school system? This article shares the experience of a superintendent…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Educational Environment, Personal Narratives, Expectation
Chrostoski, Eric W. M. – School Administrator, 2012
Superintendents whose young children attend public schools in their school district face a special challenge. This article shares the author's experience as the son of a superintendent. Throughout his years in primary and secondary school, his mother, Jean Chrostoski, served as the superintendent of the schools he attended in the small Illinois…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Superintendents, Mothers, Public Schools
Talbott, Brian L., II – School Administrator, 2012
Many a young boy wishes to grow up to be like his father someday. The author's father, Brian L. Talbott, was named superintendent of Educational Service District 105 in Yakima, Washington, the same year he entered 1st grade. He continued in this position through his elementary years. His stomping grounds changed during the summer between 6th and…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Personal Narratives, Parent Influence, Fathers
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