AASA New Superintendents E-Journal

July 2010

Leadership in an Era of Expanding or Diminishing Resources: Remembering the Statistical Phenomenon of Regression to the Mean; Building Trust With Your Board; Addressing Uncomfortable E-Mail Communications


 

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Contents

Leadership in an Era of Expanding or Diminishing Resources: Remembering the Statistical Phenomenon of Regression to the Mean
By Shane Higuera
Effective district leaders recognize the effects economic cycles can have on school districts.By applying a basic understanding of cycles, new superintendents can implement effective leadership strategies regardless of where the economy is within the business cycle.

Building Trust With Your Board
By Sharon W. Cox
Trust is the bedrock of all successful relationships, the foundation of a culture that supports risk taking and innovation in continuous improvement efforts. A former board member offers advice for fostering a culture of trust and collaboration with your board.

Addressing Uncomfortable E-Mail Communications 
By Merle Horowitz
The volume of e-mail that educators receive has increased incrementally as parents and students take advantage of the communication opportunities fostered by the Internet. New survey findings suggest a need for school districts to address appropriate e-mail propriety to support their administrators and professional staff members.