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MARCH 2015  

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Embracing Practical Education

BY MERRI ROSENBERG
AASA’s Superintendent Certification Program matches leaders early in their career with some of the best in the business as trainers and mentors.

The Ed.D. and Scholarly Practitioners

BY JILL A. PERRY
A national consortium sees the combination of applied research and practical theory as a tool worthy of the superintendency. The author directs the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate.

The Single-District Dissertation

BY CRAIG HOCHBEIN
Professional doctoral programs focus on problems of practice within a school district, yielding rewards and informative products for all involved. To reap the benefits, districts and doctoral students need to avoid common pitfalls.

Choosing a Doctoral Program

BY SUZANNE R. PAINTER
Seven questions to ask — including Ed.D. versus Ph.D. — when you are ready to pursue a doctorate to advance your administrative career in K-12 education.

Harvard’s Bet on Redefining Leadership Development

BY ANDRES A. ALONSO
A new doctoral program based on the belief education leaders work across many arenas of influence and must be ready to innovate and transform existing systems. The author is a former urban superintendent.

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Starting Point

Exploring new thinking about doctoral work leading toward the superintendency.

State of the Superintendency

A Public Job Evaluation
How commonly are performance evaluations by the school board made available to the general public?

Best of the Blogs

Five brief excerpts from the most thought-provoking blogs run by AASA members.

Ethical Educator

A Yearbook Revelation
A high school teacher asks to be left alone for fear her popular elective dealing with controversial religious themes will draw unwanted attention.

Legal Brief

Can Superintendents Afford a Severance Payout?
BY MICHELE V. HANDZEL
Board members may express shock at the value of the payout at the end of the superintendent’s contract.

Board-Savvy Superintendent

So Your Board Wants To See Change
BY ROSEMARY F. JONES
Accept the notion a school board has little idea what organizational change in a school system actually entails.

My View

The Best Parts of This Job
BY CHRIS KENNEDY
“Just what is it that superintendents do?” is a question the author is asked often by his children. He has five favorite aspects.

My View

Learning From My Summer in the Wild West
BY JAMES H. VANSCIVER
What the author, a former superintendent, learned last summer while working as a character in costume at Frontier Town.

Reading & Resources

  • Book Reviews
  • Abstracts
  • Bits & Pieces 

Insight

President's Corner

Back to Our Roots
BY DAVID K. PENNINGTON
Proud to lead an organization that operates with passion and drive.

Executive Perspective

Why Evaluate Staff With Flawed Processes?
BY DANIEL A. DOMENECH
Restoring sanity to how we ask our principals to size up teacher performance.

People Watch

The professional comings and goings of AASA members in their careers. The Sidelight shines on Indiana superintendent Mark Keen who has a passion for competitive ballroom dancing.

Profile

John Skretta
BY PAUL S. RIEDE
The superintendent of Nebraska’s Norris School District has a fitness regimen fitting for his workload.

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Reader Reply

Industry Spotlight: Food Services

Changing the Food Students Want
BY FRANCESCA DUFFY
An overview of the top issues relating to school districts’ food service operations.

Leadership Lite