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A hard goodbye to a favorite assessment – Guest Column

A hard goodbye to a favorite assessment – Guest Column – Column James F. Simpson My penchant for organizing, planning and even leading surfaced at a young age. I vividly recall my zeal for creating elaborate dirt roads with my prized Tonka bulldozer, constructing miniature bridges engineered with care using twigs and twine and building […]

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A Conversation With Kozol – author Jonathan Kozol

A Conversation With Kozol – author Jonathan Kozol – Interview In a one on one with AASA’s Paul Houston, the acclaimed author discusses compromises in public leadership and his renewed hopes for the disenfranchised Child advocate and best-selling author Jonathan Kozol has begun to worry that he doesn’t have the stamina to keep up the […]

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Responding to the Call for Change – education

Responding to the Call for Change – education – Brief Article Benjamin O. Canada The call for change in education resounds like an echo, repeating itself throughout generations of learning. Change moved us from one-room schoolhouses into schools filled with teachers, technology and opportunities unheard of in the days when today’s parents were students. Yet […]

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Succession: Insiders Vs. Outsiders; Candidates for the superintendency find benefits and downsides to either status

Succession: Insiders Vs. Outsiders; Candidates for the superintendency find benefits and downsides to either status – Statistical Data Included Jay Mathews Daniel D. Curry has been an inside candidate for a superintendency, looking to be promoted within his school district. He has been an outside candidate, too. He was hired both times in very different […]

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Adams County School

Adams County School – People Sherry S. Gerner In her sixth year as a Colorado-based educator, Sherry Gerner has assumed the superintendency of the Englewood, Colo., Public Schools, She came to the position from the Adams County School District in North-glenn, Cob., where she served as assistant superintendent. Gerner previously worked as district superintendent in […]

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Test Data Analysis: A Wasted Opportunity

Test Data Analysis: A Wasted Opportunity David L. Gray Public school districts spend millions of dollars annually to procure and administer standardized tests, but those responsible for interpreting and disseminating results unwittingly misuse or ignore a valuable instructional tool. Test data are not used extensively because administrators are not trained adequately to analyze the information […]

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Applying credibility to teacher hiring

Applying credibility to teacher hiring – Personel Management R. Gerard Longo “A teacher affects eternity, he can never tell where his influence stops.” Henry Adams She was less than 5 feet tall and appeared flustered and hurried. She was dwarfed by the high school students she was assigned to teach. She told the home economics […]

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Tying the Contract Knot

Tying the Contract Knot – employment terms for superintendents Kimberly Reeves The superintendent’s employment terms require new vigilance in an age of unpredictable relations with boards The contract that took Mike Moses to the helm of the troubled Dallas school district in January has probably made him the highest paid superintendent in the country. To […]

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Paradoxical Thinking: How to Profit from Your Contradictions

Paradoxical Thinking: How to Profit from Your Contradictions Rene Townsend Problem-solving steps rarely take into account the ways the person contributes to the problem or interferes with a solution. In Paradoxical Thinking, Jerry Fletcher and Kelle Olwyler present a systematic approach to help people look at their strengths and weaknesses as contradictions that can be […]

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Bathroom humor II

Bathroom humor II – Clean Fare About Beasts and Bathrooms The liberal bathroom privileges usually accorded to kindergarten pupils tend to disappear by the time students reach 1st grade, according to new research in The Journal of Urology. Based on a survey of 467 elementary school teachers on how they handle students’ restroom needs, researcher […]