Meet Lisa Harrod and Read Her Interview
Lisa Harrod is the new Superintendent of Manteno Community School District No. 5 in Manteno, Illinois.
POINTER of the WEEK
When we are publicly criticized, our SOP is to respond with silence, resolute in our commitment to remain above it all and somehow confident that because truth is on our side, we will prevail. Sometimes it is smarter to carefully and strategically mount a defense.
It’s likely that you have lots of untapped talent in your district. Plan to start the school year with a contest for the best 30 second district promotional video. It will create a focus on the good stuff happening and produce something useful. Click to see a great example shared by Mike Richie, Superintendent in Wisconsin’s Northland Pines School District.
LATEST POSTS in FORUMS
Today's EDUCATION ARTICLES Across the US
SUPTS NEWS ARCHIVES
BE A FEATURED MEMBER
REPORT AN ERROR
U.S. Department of Education Blog
Great Resources from Edutopia
WE PROUDLY ENDORSE
Today's SUPERINTENDENT NEWS Across the US
~ CAP'S CORNER ~
A Thoughtful Tip
By Dr. Jim Capolupo
If you are reading this, you are on the NASS website. That is terrific. Keep referring to this very special website to see when the 2014-2015 symposium will occur. You will want to mark this down on your calendar and attend this amazing event. If you have to pick one conference this year, this is the one!
"As long as you feel inspired, your life is being sell spent." ~ Hugh MacLeod
School Boards for the 21st Century
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.
“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.”
For more information:
Learn about the USC Rossier School of Education Commitment to supporting its graduates’ success!
FROM BLOGGER LEE JENKINS
1/3 OF EVERY SCHOOL YEAR IS WASTED.
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.
AASA Policy & Advocacy Blog: The LEADING EDGE