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 School Administrator: August 2015

Are Sports Eclipsing Academics?


Features

A League of Our Own

BY AMANDA RIPLEY

The author of The Smartest Kids in the World believes American high schools would do well to right-size interscholastic sports programs to better compete with the graduates of education systems globally.
 

Is There a Future in School Sports?

BY CHRIS KENNEDY
 
A superintendent’s case for a forward-thinking approach to interscholastic athletics addressing safety, cost and the balance with academics.


Feeding and Fertilizing School Athletics

BY JOHN E. ROBERTS
 
Meeting the market demand of students and their parents would help public schools stem further encroachment by non-school-based sports programs, where the developmental needs of youngsters aren’t always the foremost concern.
 

Concussion Schooling for Students

BY REBECCA RICHARDSON
 
A school district in Ontario has added mandatory instruction about head injuries to change the culture over an emerging public health concern. It’s quickly becoming a model for schools across Canada.

Losing Touch With Physical Education

BY JESSICA A. SKOLNIKOFF AND ROBERT P. ENGVALL

Why it is that while obesity among teens and pre-teens has become a mounting concern, physical education instruction in K-12 schooling has been marginalized.


 
 
 Frontline  

STARTING POINT

Athletics in American Schools

The editor’s choice of this month’s theme was triggered by author Amanda Ripley’s study of U.S. schools’ place in a changing world.
  

STATE OF THE SUPERINTENDENCY

Performance Measures in Contracts

How commonly are superintendents evaluated against established outcomes?
  

BEST OF THE BLOGS

Five intriguing postings from some of the most thoughtful superintendent bloggers.
  

ETHICAL EDUCATOR

Poaching Prevention

Is it appropriate to penalize an incoming teacher for breaking a contract in early summer to head for work elsewhere? Our panel analyzes the scenario.
  

LEGAL BRIEF

Communicating Student Sexual Orientation

BY PERRY A. ZIRKEL
Tread carefully and avoid kneejerk reactions based on personal morality. There’s privacy law involved.
  

BOARD-SAVVY SUPERINTENDENT

Dealing With a Bully in Public Session

BY RICHARD E. MAYER
Dealing with someone who uses a board meeting to make inflammatory statements requires restraint — and previous training.
  

TECH LEADERSHIP

Principles for Districts’ Social Media Policies

BY SCOTT MCLEOD
Advice for school districts struggling to keep relevant and current with digital devices and expectations for online communication today.
  

FOCUS: PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT

Recruiting for Hard-to-Staff Schools

BY SHARON KEBSCHULL BARRETT
Four districts follow a model that yields top candidates for teaching in challenging places. Here are the most distinctive aspects.
  

MY VIEW

My Week in the Marine Corps

BY CARMELLA S. FRANCO
During a week of leadership training with the military, a retired superintendent learned about teamwork and motivation.
  

MY VIEW

Addressing Incivility in a Civil Manner

BY JOHN R. GRATTO
In 23 years as a superintendent, the author found it possible to navigate his way out of the cauldron of conflict.
  

MY VIEW

Tough Calls, On the Court and Off

BY BOB KATZ

The author studied a veteran superintendent who doubled as a top college basketball referee. He describes the high-pressure, real-time dilemmas that professionals face in both sectors.

 

 READING & RESOURCES 

  • Book Reviews
  • Abstracts
  • Bits & Pieces
      
Insight

PRESIDENT’S CORNER

Promoting Physical and Mental Fitness

BY DAVID R. SCHULER
The author, in his debut column, touts the importance of healthy life choices.
 

EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE

Cultural Change at the Core of a Tech Tool

BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
During a district’s digital conversion, being patient with teachers and students is preferable to a headlong rush.
 

SCHOOL SOLUTIONS

Building Community Trust, One Conversation at a Time

BY SUHAIL FAROOQUI
Don’t shrink in the face of the competition of school choice.
 

PEOPLE WATCH

Recent professional transitions in and out of the superintendency. The Sidelight shines on acrylic painter Joe Cronin, a 50-year AASA member.
 

PROFILE

Patrice M. Pujol

BY KRISTIN C. HUBING
The banks of the Mississippi River in Louisiana always has been home for this suburban superintendent.
 

Plus

READER REPLY

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Retirement Investing

BY JOHN KEVIN
A VALIC vice president on why supplemental retirement plans offer benefits to high earners and those in their 30s.
  

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