Superintendents

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School & District Management Opinion Q&A Collections: Administrator Leadership
Ten years of posts from and about principals and superintendents.
Larry Ferlazzo, August 14, 2021
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Rosalind Osgood, Broward County Public Schools board member, hands out lunch to the community while schools are closed for the week amid the virus outbreak at Dillard High School on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Rosalind Osgood, Broward County Public Schools board member, hands out lunch to the community while schools are closed for the week amid the virus outbreak at Dillard High School on March 16, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
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School & District Management Meet the School Leaders Defying Bans on Mask Mandates
A handful of superintendents and school boards are standing up to governors’ orders or state laws that bar them from requiring masking.
Lesli A. Maxwell, August 13, 2021
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Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa announces that masks will be required at all Dallas ISD schools at DISD headquarters in Dallas, Monday, August 9, 2021.
Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa announces that masks will be required at all district schools earlier this week in Dallas.
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School & District Management In Their Own Words Defiant Superintendent: 'How Can I Follow a Law I Believe Endangers My Students?'
A superintendent explains why he required masks in school despite a statewide ban on such policies.
Stephen Sawchuk, August 12, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion The Six Leadership Lessons I Learned From the Pandemic
These guiding principles can help leaders prepare for another challenging year—and any future crises to come.
David Vroonland, July 29, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion When the National Education Debate Is Too Noisy, Look Local
A local network of your peers can offer not just practical advice, but an emotional safe harbor.
Christian M. Elkington, July 28, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Superintendents Have Weathered a Lot of Vitriol This Year. What Have We Learned?
The pandemic turned district leaders into pioneers, writes one superintendent. We had to band together to make it through.
Matthew Montgomery, July 16, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion Critics Complain My District Doesn’t Really Need Relief Aid. If They Only Knew…
District expenditures have ballooned in the pandemic, but many critics expect the opposite. How can leaders set the record straight?
Theresa Rouse, July 15, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion We Must Confront the Pandemic Within the Pandemic: Racism
Even in a global crisis, racism found a way to raise its ugly head, writes one Virginia superintendent. How can district leaders respond?
Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. , July 14, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion What’s a Superintendent to Do When Public Health Guidelines and State Laws Clash?
One Iowa superintendent shares his emotional response to a state law overturning the mask mandate that kept his district safe.
Mark Lane, July 12, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion A School District Is Built on Relationships. Here’s How to Harness Them
Building relationships is essential for managing a crisis, explains a superintendent who mobilized a 75-member reopening task force.
Zandra Jo Galván, July 9, 2021
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School & District Management Opinion How Do You Manage a District Through a Crisis? Together
How would you evaluate a $4 million air-filtration proposal when already staring down $37 million in COVID-19-related expenses?
Morcease Beasley, July 8, 2021
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Superintendents discuss ideas at a roundtable.
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School & District Management Opinion Leadership Lessons From the Kitchen Table: A Series
Experienced district leaders from one end of the country to the other share their most instructive insights from leading through a pandemic.
July 8, 2021
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School & District Management We Pay Superintendents Big Bucks and Expect Them to Succeed. But We Hardly Know Them
National data is skimpy, making it hard to know what influences superintendents' decisions to move on, retire, or how long they stay. Why?
Stephen Sawchuk, June 11, 2021
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Mark Lane, the superintendent of the Decorah Community School District in Iowa, is still going to wear his mask to school, and is encouraging teachers and students to do the same, even though a new law forbids schools and businesses from requiring people to wear masks.
Mark Lane, the superintendent of the Decorah Community School District, is still going to wear his mask to school, and is encouraging teachers and students to do the same, even though a new Iowa law forbids schools and businesses from requiring masks.
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School & District Management In Their Own Words The Governor Banned Mask Mandates in Schools. This Superintendent Won't Stop Wearing His
Schools in Iowa can't require masks anymore. A small town superintendent keeps his on, and finds most of his school community doing so, too.
Catherine Gewertz, May 27, 2021
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