The School Administrator

June 2004

June 2004Principal ChallengesMentoring new leaders for emotional intelligence and savvy


  • Scaffolding for New Leaders

    by Suzette Lovely

    The chief personnel officer of Capistrano Unified School District in California describes how facilitative coaching can get beginning principals off to a successful start on the job.

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  • Emotionally Intelligent Principals

    by Gary S. Bloom

    Common scenarios depicting the emotional potholes in the rocky opening months for new principals, as compiled by the associate director of the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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  • Thinking Outside to Support Newcomers

    by John G. Conyers

    The retired superintendent in Palatine, Ill., details how young administrators benefit from confidential mentoring provided by a protégé with no formal connection to the school district.

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  • What’s Inside Your Contract?

    by Marcy Dutton

    The optimum time to obsess on the details of a contract is before you sign on as the new superintendent, says the associate director of the Illinois Association of School Administrators.

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  • Three Weeks in October

    by Stewart D. Roberson

    An inside look at managing widespread fear in the community during the final days of the “Beltway Sniper” crisis, as told by the county superintendent.

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    John J. Pedicone: The Art of Taming Monkey Business by Jay P. Goldman

    Monkey management may be a theory to some, but it’s been the perfect application for John Pedicone, superintendent of the Flowing Wells Schools in Tucson, more


    Board-Savvy Superintendent

    Landing the Best Trustees in Your Boardroom by Susan F. Schultz

    A seven-point process for identifying and recruiting high-caliber candidates for the next board election. The author consults with nonprofit more

    Personal Development: Time for a Leadership Audit? by Berneice B. Brownell

    A former superintendent’s advice for self-assessing your competency in three overlapping skill more
    Guest Columns

    Could Adults Today Pass High-Stakes Math? by Dennis L. Recker

    Grave concerns over the state’s misguided approach to assessing math competency for today’s workplace, led one Ohio superintendent to put the test to his community, literally, to make a public more

    Mention Customer Service … and Then Run by Ellan Toothman

    A human relations consultant takes issue with an educator who recently told her: “Customer service? Not me! This isn’t McDonald’s!” Au contraire, says more


    A couple of dozen comings and goings in the superintendent ranks across the country. The Sidelight serves up a veteran Louisiana superintendent who ’s made a second career out of Cajun more
    Tech Leadership

    Security Isn't Just for Techies Anymore by Lane B. Mills

    You don't need to distinguish between the layers of your network operating system, but a superintendent ought to be familiar with vulnerabilities to the security of the distrcit's technology infrastructure. You need to be aware of more than viruses and more
    President’s Corner

    It Ain’t Over ’Til It’s Over … But It ’s Over by John R. Lawrence, president, AASA

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    Executive Perspective

    The Axis of Evil by Paul D. Houston, executive director, AASA

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    Federal Dateline

    The Bum Rap on Great Children by Bruce Hunter, associate executive director of public policy, AASA

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