The Education Bulletin is a publication produced by ACSA, featuring articles from ACSA board members and other school administrators or officials, as well as the Executive Directors of AASA, AAESP, and AASSP.
The Power of Peers; Doing Something More for Principals
by Jennifer Schmitz, ACSA/AAESP President; Principal, Scenic Park Elementary & Mary McMahon, AASSP President Elect; Principal, Colony Middle School
We first met a few years ago when we had the opportunity to plan the State Principals’ Conference together. Since then, we have both become more involved in and committed to positions in our respective organizations. On a national level, we are delighted to see NAESP and NASSP moving into a shared space, and we look forward to seeing the ways in which their future collaboration will benefit our efforts.
Alaska Education: Innovative Practices or Unfunded Mandates?
by Todd Poage, ASA President; Superintendent, Alaska Gateway School District
My dad recently retired after 26 years as the superintendent of two districts in Kansas—twice as long as I envision myself being at the helm. At one point, it appeared I would be retired from education before my father ever decided to hang up the symbolic ―golden apple.
The Past 100 Years: Putting Crisis in Context
by Dr. Michael Johnson, ASA President-Elect; Superintendent, Copper River
To even a casual observer, the inevitability of changes coming for Alaska’s schools is readily apparent. We continue to adapt to the significant adjustments our schools and communities have already experienced over the last couple of years, especially in rural Alaska, while we prepare for more change.
Education Remains a Priority in the Fiscal Storm – Stay the Course!
by Dr. Lisa Skiles Parady, ACSA/ASA Executive Director
Last year, when the legislature adjourned soon after passing HB 278, the just-completed session was labeled the ―Education Session. The Legislature considered and enabled education reform by building a structure to develop its future by implementing three studies.