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Superintendent Susana Cordova looks on as students work on laptops in a classroom in Newlon Elementary School early Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, which is one of 55 Discovery Link sites set up by Denver Public Schools where students are participating in remote learning in this time of the new coronavirus from a school in Denver.
Denver Superintendent Susana Cordova looks on as students work on laptops in a classroom in Newlon Elementary School. She announced earlier this month she would step down to take a job in Dallas.
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School & District Management Ex-Board Members, All Women, Take Denver School Board to Task
In an unusual public letter, the 14 former board members accuse the current board of driving Superintendent Susana Cordova out of the job.
Stephen Sawchuk, November 23, 2020
5 min read
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Special Report Improving the Superintendent and School Board Partnership
District leaders share strategies for building school boards that are diverse, collaborative, and know their roles and limits in this special report.
November 18, 2020
School & District Management What School Superintendents Want From the Biden Administration
School leaders' decisionmaking has been in the public eye during the COVID-19 pandemic. Will a new administration heed their concerns?
Stephen Sawchuk, November 11, 2020
4 min read
School & District Management Letter to the Editor District Heads Have the Best Job
To the Editor:
In Education Week’s August 26 issue, a brief discusses a report by the American Enterprise Institute that summarizes a series of conversations with school district or Catholic diocese superintendents ("In Coronavirus Era, Worst-Job Honors Go to District Heads"). The article’s title mischaracterizes the leadership of superintendents in America’s public schools.
October 7, 2020
1 min read
School & District Management What the Research Says What Should Superintendents Do When Kids and Teachers Start Getting Sick?
Regardless of whether schools open with full-time in-person classes or a hybrid model, their success in preventing a new outbreak of COVID-19 from spreading will depend on their capacity to quickly find and isolate those who come to school sick.
Sarah D. Sparks, August 25, 2020
4 min read
School Climate & Safety Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of stories from the week that you may have missed.
August 25, 2020
6 min read
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School & District Management How Layoffs Upend Life for Educators, Students, and Districts
Pandemic-inflicted budget cuts have cost thousands of educators their jobs. Here’s how that’s playing out in five districts around the country.
July 14, 2020
13 min read
Budget & Finance Planning Your 2020-21 School Year? Use Our 'Guide to the Guides' on Reopening
EdWeek's handy 'Guide to the Guides' helps you find the reopening recommendations that match your current needs.
Stephen Sawchuk, June 22, 2020
6 min read
Graduating seniors Shamar Poole, Amier Hatcher, and Fendi Garth, from left to right, raise their fists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before their commencement ceremony this month at Grand Blanc High School in Mundy Township, Mich. The May 25 death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis spurred protests around the country and provoked a larger discussion about racism in society, including in schools.
Graduating seniors Shamar Poole, Amier Hatcher, and Fendi Garth, from left to right, raise their fists in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement before their commencement ceremony this month at Grand Blanc High School in Mundy Township, Mich. The May 25 death of a black man in police custody in Minneapolis spurred protests around the country and provoked a larger discussion about racism in society, including in schools.
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School & District Management Are America's Schools Ready for Tough Talk on Racism?
After an unarmed black man died in the custody of Minneapolis police, black education leaders spoke out about the broader racism they saw in schools. The public wasn’t always ready to listen.
Corey Mitchell, June 12, 2020
7 min read
School & District Management Opinion A Superintendent's Thoughts on Reopening Schools in the Fall
Amid the coronavirus, a district superintendent weighs the pros and cons of different strategies for reopening schools in the fall.
Larry Ferlazzo, May 19, 2020
8 min read
School & District Management 'What Are You Feeling'? Superintendent Asks Seniors About Grading, Graduation, and What Comes Next
Superintendent Joseph Meloche, of the Cherry Hill Public Schools in New Jersey, convenes regular conversations with high school seniors to help him figure out how to handle the end-of-year rituals that have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Denisa R. Superville, April 22, 2020
6 min read
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School & District Management The Inspiring Legacy of Flint's First Black Superintendent, Dead From Coronavirus
Nathel Burtley, 79, was a lifelong educator who led the Flint, Mich., school system, paving the way for other African-American educators to become the heads of districts. He died earlier this month from the coronavirus.
Denisa R. Superville, April 14, 2020
8 min read
School & District Management Stand Down on Sales Pitches During COVID-19
Highline Public Schools chief Susan Enfield’s district is weighing how to provide print and online resources to students during the coronavirus outbreak, but she’s heard enough from companies marketing their products.
March 24, 2020
4 min read
School & District Management 'Know and Trust Your Judgment': Being the Superintendent in the Coronavirus Crisis
Three superintendents share the challenges and successes they've encountered as they oversee a radical re-orienting of their school systems to respond to the coronavirus crisis.
Stephen Sawchuk, March 24, 2020
11 min read