School Administrator: August 2015
Are Sports Eclipsing Academics?
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.
BY CHRIS KENNEDY
A superintendent’s case for a forward-thinking approach to interscholastic athletics addressing safety, cost and the balance with academics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How commonly are superintendents evaluated against established outcomes?
Five intriguing postings from some of the most thoughtful superintendent bloggers.
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.
BY PERRY A. ZIRKEL
Tread carefully and avoid kneejerk reactions based on personal morality. There’s privacy law involved.
BY RICHARD E. MAYER
Dealing with someone who uses a board meeting to make inflammatory statements requires restraint — and previous training.
BY SCOTT MCLEOD
Advice for school districts struggling to keep relevant and current with digital devices and expectations for online communication today.
BY SHARON KEBSCHULL BARRETT
Four districts follow a model that yields top candidates for teaching in challenging places. Here are the most distinctive aspects.
BY CARMELLA S. FRANCO
During a week of leadership training with the military, a retired superintendent learned about teamwork and motivation.
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.
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.
- Book Reviews
- Bits & Pieces
BY DAVID R. SCHULER
The author, in his debut column, touts the importance of healthy life choices.
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
During a district’s digital conversion, being patient with teachers and students is preferable to a headlong rush.
BY SUHAIL FAROOQUI
Don’t shrink in the face of the competition of school choice.
Recent professional transitions in and out of the superintendency. The Sidelight shines on acrylic painter Joe Cronin, a 50-year AASA member.
BY KRISTIN C. HUBING
The banks of the Mississippi River in Louisiana always has been home for this suburban superintendent.
BY JOHN KEVIN
A VALIC vice president on why supplemental retirement plans offer benefits to high earners and those in their 30s.