AASA New Superintendents E-Journal

January 2011

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How Do We Evaluate Reflective Practice? First Define It
Kelly Morris Roberts, Ph.D., assistant professor of English and program coordinator for 6-9 and 9-12 English licensure at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C.
Teacher reflection: often referenced, more often evaluated, and rarely understood. To combat this trend—and, more importantly, to tap into the transformation that the simple act of reflection can bring—superintendents have the power to communicate what effective reflection is, to keep it rooted in the tenets above so that teachers can draw on the evolution of a concept that has served education well for a hundred years, and to encourage the growth and transformation that is its most natural of by-products.

Advice for Superintendents: A Consultant's Perspective
Patrick Sanaghan
At the end of the day, a superintendent must do three things well. All three of them are simple to understand but very difficult to enact. They must be dedicated to achieve meaningful results,treat people with care and humanity, and always act with integrity.

Maximizing Gifted Students’ Potential in the 21st Century
Dina Brulles, Ph.D. and Susan Winebrenner, M.S.
To help teachers instruct all students at their challenge levels, we must first implement grouping strategies. Teachers are more likely to use formative assessment data to form flexible learning groups in their classrooms when they have a group of students who require differentiated instruction in order to experience academic growth. The Schoolwide Cluster Grouping Model (SCGM) facilitates this process.