Hollywood feeds the myth that great teachers are born, not made. Think “Stand and Deliver,” the story of math teacher Jaimie Escalante, whose students succeeded. Or “The Freedom Writers,” about the inspirational English teacher Hilary Swank who encouraged students to express themselves through writing.
Robert Balfanz, a professor of education at Johns Hopkins University, led a Thought Leader session Thursday at AASA’s national conference on redesigning high schools that meet needs of the 21st century.
When business leader Roy Bibb sat down for lunch with the new leader of the Bibb County School District in Macon, Ga., he wasn’t sure what to expect. After all, Curtis L. Jones Jr. had spent 20 years as an Army officer, topping out at lieutenant colonel, before embarking on a new career in public education.
It only takes one plan to align a school district to be successful. During his session “What Does it Mean to be An Aligned School District” on Thursday at the AASA National Conference on Education, the superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District in Mountain View, Calif., discussed the impact alignment had on his community.
Nearly 20 companies in the AASA conference’s exhibit hall are promoting services and tools for addressing school security and student and staff safety.
When Jay H. Burkhart, superintendent of the South Western School District in Hanover, Pa., asked attendants of an AASA panel who was faced with a potential school district merger, more than two-thirds raised their hand.