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A Thoughtful Tip

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Reflective Quotation

By Dr. Jim Capolupo
Springfield School District
Springfield, PA

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Have you "stretched" your organization lately?  That would include your cabinet, your administrators and yourself.  Think about what you have done to move the organization into some new and innovative areas.

 

QUOTE

"By stretching yourself beyond your perceived level of confidence, you accelerate your development of competence."
~ Michael J. Gelb


 

Meet Jason Gray and Read His Interview

Gray Jason 7 30 14 382X498  II     Meet Jason P. Gray, Superintendent of the Trumbull Career and Technical Center in Champion Heights, Ohio.  The Trumbull Career and Technical Center, comprised of 11th and 12th grade students from 19 Trumbull County school districts and adult learners from Ohio, Pennsylvania, and beyond,  is celebrating its 36th anniversary.
     Under Gray’s supervision, the Trumbull Career and Technical Center was recognized as the HSTW Ohio’s Best Career Center in 2013 and it was awarded the HSTW Platinum Award in 2014.

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Meet Lisa Harrod and Read Her Interview

Harrad Lisa 7 15 14 402X496     Lisa Harrod is the new Superintendent of Manteno Community School District No. 5 in Manteno, Illinois.
     Harrod grew up on the South Side of Chicago in the Beverly area and attended St. Francis De Sales High School, where her father was the head football coach. From the time she was a little girl, Harrod knew that she wanted to go into education. Her parents were both teachers and instilled in her the importance of education and its potential to make a difference in a child's life.
     She says, "I now understand just how right they were, and I always remember that every student you are fortunate to teach, you have the opportunity to make a positive and lasting impression."

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*Outsourcing Maintenance: Pros and Cons
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We have long been a proud band of independents, but it’s time to realize that by working together we can do much more for ourselves, our profession, our kids, and our country. 

 

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Left to right top row: Don Haddad, Longmont, CO;  James P. Capolupo, Springfield, PA; Michelle Curry, Orting, WA; Sonny Da Marto, Turlock, CA; Wendy Doty, Laguna Hills, CA; Robert Garguilo, Brigantine, NJ
Left to right bottom row: Sandra Smyser, Fort Collins, CO; Brett Stanton, Tallapoosa, GA; Mike Richie, Eagle River, WI;  John Roach, Carlsbad, CA; Rob Voors, Glendora, CA; Richard Fragale, El Centro, CA

 

Please add your voice to a movement to shift superintendents from reactive to proactive and assume a strong leadership role in state and national educational policy development.

 PROJECT LEAD is a response to a call to action by AASA Executive Director Dan Domenech, and it already has the support of the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA)!

 

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NASS Comments on Brookings Report

 

Superintendents ARE Relevant

 

In his essay The Danger of Lying in Bed, Mark Twain made folly of people who bought travel insurance. He pointed out that far more people died in bed than on public transportation, so the REAL danger came from lying down.

Newport Beach, California, Sept. 11, 2014

Theresa Daem, Executive Director of the National Association of School Superintendents (NASS) expressed grave concern and urged the researchers to revisit their study and to dig deeper, saying, “The vast majority of superintendents are dedicated to making a difference for students. The findings exprressed by Brookings cannot be considered a significant contribution to education or even our society as a whole unless their efforts are just the beginning of an effort to support superintendents in their quest to clearly understand how they can be more effective because they truly want to know.”  She also contacted the researchers directly to challenge their conclusions, writing, "Certainly using a single mathematical analysis of the math scores of 4th and 5th grader in North Carolina to justify saying 'superintendents are largely indistinguishable creatures' and 'the superintendent’s role could be filled successfully by many others' was over the top."

Click for a link to the complete NASS Press Release.

Click for a link to the Brookings Report.

Click for a link to the AASA response to the report.

 

 

 

NOT TO MISS FEATURES

*Featured Member Jason Gray

*Deadline Extended:  Superintendent of the Austin, Texas, Independent School District applications extended to October 20, 2014 (see FORUMS: Jobs)

*Blogger Ronald Holmes contemplates the challenges of graduate students completing a Ph.D. program

*A video from Apple - click - from those who've always . . .

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE VIDEO IDEAS

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Click to see a great PROMOTIONAL VIDEO shared by Mike Richie, Superintendent in Wisconsin’s Northland Pines School District.

Click to see a great OPENING DAY VIDEO shared by Jim Capolupo, Superintendent in Pennsylvania’s Springfield School District.


 

 

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School Boards for the 21st Century
EXPLORE THEIR ROLE TOGETHER

     This online course is designed to provide superintendents with materials and activities that will spark reflection on and discussion about the role of school boards, the changing social and educational context, and how school boards might help lead the transformation of public schools from bureaucracies to learning organizations. This course is offered in nine units, each of which should require a minimum of two hours to complete. Each module provides a combination of reading material, video or audio clips, questions for reflection, activities to explore topics in greater depth, and resources for reference and study. Although the modules are presented in order, you are encouraged to explore them in any way that makes sense to you. Eventually, it is our hope that you see them as interlocking pieces of a whole and as a new vision for the role of school boards in 21st century public education in America. A more detailed description is provided on the Schlechty Center website.
     Please contact the Schlechty Center directly for information regarding facilitation of this work with your school board. The Schlechty Center is currently an approved provider in several states and will work to explore requirements and approval processes with any individuals in other states who intend to use the course to acquire credit hours.

“School Boards for the 21st Century is proving to be an outstanding tool both individually and collectively for our board of education. Our board has become very clear about their role in supporting the district and becoming community advocates for our schools and students through these easy-to-use, self-guided modules. It has been an asset to the entire district to have our board focused and actively participating in a positive way through their work with this course.”
Charlie Keenan, Superintendent
Maple Heights City Schools, Ohio

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FROM BLOGGER LEE JENKINS

 1/3 OF EVERY SCHOOL YEAR IS WASTED.

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Surveys from over 3000 teachers, from multiple states, document that teachers spend 1/3 of every school year teaching students content they should already know.  Why?  We unintentionally give students “Permission to Forget” through the weekly spelling (and later on – chapter) tests.  First graders learn in the first month they don’t need those words anymore.  In your school district it will be possible to send students onto middle school who have never learned how to cram/get a grade/forget.  They will continue their kindergarten attitude that learning and remembering go together. For $8 you can purchase “Let’s Fix Spelling” at www.LtoJConsulting.com ; 83 pages as PDF to print or read.

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