You are here

From the Editor

It's All About Change

Districts expose U.S. students to reality.

Welcome to our “Ninth Annual Salary Survey,” always one of our readers’ most popular features. Along with graphs illustrating the 2008-2009 salary numbers for various administrative positions, in “Administrator Roles Shift with the Times” we feature new, specialized positions that are indicators of key changes going on within districts. As the DA editors know well from speaking with readers on a regular basis, a title in one school district can mean something completely different in another district. For instance, while assistant superintendents have often been in charge of accountability and testing, across the nation accountability managers are cropping up, as are energy managers and many other new roles.

The Obama administration is pushing hard to turn around low-performing schools. In “Turning Around Schools in Need,” we explore the history of such efforts and the different ways these schools can be turned around. Over $5 billion in competitive federal funds is now available for turning around schools, and the race is on!

In “Going Global” we celebrate districts that are truly moving forward in creative learning by building more internationally oriented curricula and programs. Anthony Jackson, vice president for education of the Asia Society, has helped create the International Studies Schools Network (ISSN), which is charged with making K12 students college-ready and competent on the world stage. In June the Global Education Competitiveness Summit was held in Washington, D.C. Presented by the Education Commission of the States, the International Society for Technology in Education and Microsoft, and with the support of Cisco, the event brought together governors, policy makers and corporate leaders to focus on steps to boost student achievement. Districts have begun to truly find opportunities for exposing U.S. students to the real world.

Districts have begun to truly find opportunities for exposing U.S. students to the real world.

How school leaders can use the strengths in multiple generations to successfully implement change is long-time DA contributor Eamonn O’Donovan’s subject in “Managing Generational Diversity.” Leaders who understand the different perspectives brought to the educational process by, say, a Baby Boomer and a Gen Xer, will have a much better chance of effecting institutional change than those who don’t.

Judy Faust Hartnett, Editor