School Administrator

November 2013

Exiting Gracefully

Transitioning out of the superintendency
and toward new horizons

November 2013                                       Number 10 Vol. 70 

Features

When and How to Leave Gracefully
BY ART STELLAR
Transitioning out of a superintendency requires a deft hand … and a strong resistance to saying what really may be on your mind. A veteran of six superintendencies fills in the details.

A Transition of Overlapping Superintendents
BY SCOTT LAFEE
The pairing together of the incoming and outgoing superintendents for a year makes for a distinctive handoff of district leadership. Three scenarios illustrate the merits and the trying circumstances involved.

Starting Strong
BY JOSHUA P. STARR
Before Day 1 of his new superintendency, the author launched a systematic plan of listening to and learning about the community he’d be leading.
BY SARAH CARR
School administrators who make a career move into higher education often discover reality differs sharply from expectations. A half dozen superintendents detail their transitions into the professorship.

 

Frontline

STARTING POINT
The editor’s overview of this issue on career transitions in and out of the superintendency.

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY
Rehired After Retired

About one in 10 takes another superintendency after officially retiring elsewhere.

BEST OF THE BLOGS
Our monthly capture of lively excerpts from five member superintendents’ blogs.

ETHICAL EDUCATOR
Who Pays To Be at the Table? 
To build relationships with community partners, school district administrators use public funds to purchase tables at fundraising dinners for board members and educators. Is this expenditure appropriate?

LEGAL BRIEF
Should ‘Morality’ Be in Your Contract?

BY MAREE F. SNEED
Recent controversies raise the question of whether the superintendent’s board pact should include morals clauses.
 

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT
When Board Meetings Go South

BY RYAN DONLAN
The author has a five-part formula for dealing with public challenges to the school board at meetings.

FOCUS
Going Solar Atop School Buildings
BY JIAN TING
A small Ohio school district installed rooftop solar panels that will generate 80 percent of electrical need.

MY VIEW
Superintendents Who Are Inviting, Entrepreneurial and Gritty

BY PAUL D. KNOWLES
A retired superintendent sees some key personal characteristics lacking among too many education leaders.


ReadingandResources

RESOURCE BANK

A recent doctoral study examines the oversight superintendents do to improve instruction.

BOOK REVIEWS

 BookCoTeachingthatWorks

Co-Teaching That Works
by Anne M. Beninghof
Reviewed by
Edythe B. Austermuhl

BookIntelligentLeadership

Intelligent Leadership
by John M
attone
Reviewed by
Barbara A. Klocko

BookMyLifeinSchool

My Life in School
by Tom Sobol

Reviewed by
Diane E. Reed

BookSexualMisconduct

Sexual Misconduct
in Children

by Wilson Kenney

Reviewed by Marilyn King

BookSuccessUnderStress

Success Under Stress
by Sharon Melnick
Reviewed by William J. Leary

BookSuperintendentsFieldbook

The Superintendent's Fieldbook
by James Harvey, Nelda McCabe, Luvern L. Cunningham and
Robert H. Koff
Reviewed by
Darroll Hargraves


AASAInsight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER
Prevention and Preparation

BY AMY F. SICHEL
With her own community as illustration, AASA’s president discusses the systemic approach for school districts to be ready for the next crisis.

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE
Reinvention Rooted in the Modern Era
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
AASA’s executive director believes the latest work by author Thomas Friedman proposes reforms for public education grounded in the last century.

PEOPLE WATCH
Our rundown of superintendents on the move.

PROFILE
Michael R. Cormier

BY PAUL RIEDE
Fatherly advice paid off for a veteran superintendent in Maine.

Plus

READER REPLY (Letters)

LEADERSHIP LITE

 

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