New Superintendent's E-Journal

April 2013

In this issue:

Editor’s Note
by Robert S. McCord
This edition of the journal includes articles addressing the transient nature of the career of most superintendents, lessons learned during a long career as a superintendent, and review of a cutting-edge program dealing with social and emotional development students and staff in a school district. Read more at

From Pilot to Longitudinal Study: Positive Psychology’s Synergistic Influence on Social and Emotional Development in School Districts
by Christopher Nagy
The science of positive psychology influences and shapes the climate for learning, leading and co-creating opportunities for social and emotional development while providing a sense of wellbeing, balance, creativity and self-worth. Read more at

Lessons in Leadership: Mostly Learned the Hard Way!
by Lew Finch
Let’s start with a quote from Larry Lezotte, “School improvement is a moral journey, not just a technical journey.” This applies also to leadership. Yes, there is a wealth of specific more technical knowledge essential to educational leadership, and one should acquire as much of this knowledge as possible. But real success as a leader is imbedded in the application of basic principles beyond technical knowledge. Read more at

Superintendents: Modern Day “Carpetbaggers” or “Happy Wanderers?”
by T. C. Mattocks
The term “carpetbagger” [so called because they carried their belongings in carpetbags] was not unique to the American experience. It was used in England in the mid-1800s to describe certain officeholders in government, politics and diplomacy who “sought public office in a locality where he has no real connections.” Read more at

With questions contact Robert S. McCord, AASA New Superintendents E-Journal Editor, at 

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