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By Dr. Jim Capolupo
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Take a moment to be thankful for last year and the success you had. As a superintendent, you faced unbelievable challenges and obstacles disguised as opportunities. Hopefully, the vast majority of them turned out well.

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"Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thanks to you all for reading Cap's Corner this year. Hopefully this small segment of the NASS website has been helpful, fun, inspirational, and at least entertaining.

Stay well,
Jim Capolupo

 

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Taedter Richard 7 2 14 4     Meet Richard Taedter, Superintendent of Schools for the Crawford Public Schools in Crawford, Nebraska.  The district includes 2 schools that serve 239 students in grades PK through 12.
     When Richard became the Crawford superintendent in July 2013, he inherited a district mission statement that he fully supports: “The Crawford Public Schools, in partnership with our parents and community, will provide rigorous and relevant learning experiences, empowering each student to achieve their life's greatest potential.”

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STATE SALARY CAPS for SUPERINTENDENTS

 

Background
*New Jersey’s Republican Governor Christie decided in 2011 superintendents shouldn't earn more in base pay than his $175,000 salary.
*A March 20, 2013 FOXBUSINESS.COM article quoted Christie as saying that there were school districts where superintendents were “paid more than $200,000 to supervise only a few hundred children.”
*At the last Republican Convention Christie said in his keynote speech, "Leadership delivers!  Leadership counts!  Leadership matters!"
*A basic Republican tenet is that a free market economy motivates quality performance, and government regulations stifle motivation and productivity.
*Christie’s compensation actually includes but may not be limited to his salary, a $95,000 apparently non-taxable and completely discretionary annual allowance for entertainment and other expenses, all personal and business transportation and around-the-clock security for him and his entourage.
*New Jersey’s assistant superintendents, principals, assistant principals, curriculum supervisors, whose salaries are uncapped, are starting to take home more than their bosses.

Common Sense Considerations
*Good superintendents regularly make fiscal decisions that save many times the few thousand dollars possibly banked by hiring those with lesser talent, experience and qualifications.
*The assumption that the size of the district is an appropriate basis for the pay level of its leader is seriously flawed because superintendents of smaller districts have fewer support people, yet the same scope of responsibilities and community expectations as those of larger organizations.
*Such limits fail to acknowledge that talented teachers can only reach their potential in districts with great leadership.
*Lower pay for superintendents of smaller districts leaves smaller districts unable to compete for the best talent.

Implications
*Such limits convey less than subtle disdain for all superintendents and the school boards that contract with them.
*Such limits conflict with our country’s abiding belief in local control of schools by usurping authority of officials elected by their communities.

Alternatives
*Apply a fundamental understanding of the job requisites of a school district superintendent.
*Replace arbitrary compensation limits that are likely to translate into unexceptional performance levels with accountability and transparency requirements.
*Support, encourage and demand performance that merits excellent compensation.
*Restore the pursuit of excellence in educational leadership as a priority for the state of New Jersey.

 

 

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The Validity of Conclusions Based on PISA

 

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Tenuous Findings, Tenuous Policies      By Iris C. Rotberg    

     In a paper published May 19, 2014, by the Teachers College Press, Dr. Iris C. Rotberg examines the “methodological problems” that “have plagued international test-score comparisons from the time they began 50 years ago.” She asserts that “since then the number and type of countries and other jurisdictions participating in the comparisons have increased, as have the methodological problems“.  More importantly, Dr. Rotberg states unequivocally, “the policy implications drawn from the comparisons are based on seriously flawed data.”  
    To underscore her argument, Dr. Rotberg points out that the “test-score results for Shanghai, one of the richest cities in China, are included in the rankings along with results for entire countries.”  Furthermore, she says, “even in Shanghai, the sample of children tested is not representative of the demographics of the city because most of the children of the millions of migrant workers are no longer in school at age 15 when the test is administered or have been sent back to their home provinces . . .”
     Assuming her facts are correct, one must agree that the “test results, therefore, are far from representative of the population of Shanghai, much less of China.” Dr. Rotberg tells us that this is but one example. There is apparently a plethora of research available to those who dare to know the facts.

     For the complete article:
    Teachers College Record. Date Published: May 19, 2014, http://www.tcrecord.org, D Number: 17537

 

 

DR. JAMES CAPOLUPO

 

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COMMITTED TO ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE FOR EVERY CHILD IN HIS DISTRICT AND IN HIS COUNTRY

2014 SUPERINTENDENT OF THE YEAR

 

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                  TRANSFORMING A MASSIVE PIPELINE                                                     ENGAGING STAKEHOLDERS IN CONTINUOUS
                         INTO A STUDENT-CENTERED SYSTEM                                              IMPROVEMENT CENTERED ON 21ST CENTURY SKILLS
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           TOWARD MEETING THE NEEDS OF ALL STUDENTS                                              REALIZING TEACHER AND STUDENT POTENTIAL
               Roselle Public Schools                                                                   South Lane School District
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Rotberg Iris at a Recent Presentation     Dr. Iris C. Rotberg has a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from The Johns Hopkins University and is currently a Research Professor of Education Policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Her areas of expertise include: international perspectives on school reform, international comparisons of student achievement, the education of low-income children, school choice, math and science education policy, and federal education policy. Her articles have been published in journals such as Science, Phi Delta Kappan, Harvard Education Review, and Teachers College Record. Her recent book, Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, is in its 2nd edition. She was formerly a Program Director at the National Science Foundation, a Senior Social Scientist at RAND, Principal Investigator for the Technology Policy Task Force of the House of Representatives' Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, and the Director of Research Planning at the National Institute of Education.

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It’s likely that you have lots of untapped talent in your district. Plan to start the school year with a contest for the best 30 second district promotional video.  It will create a focus on the good stuff happening and produce something useful.  Click to see a great example shared by Mike Richie, Superintendent in Wisconsin’s Northland Pines School District.

 

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 1/3 OF EVERY SCHOOL YEAR IS WASTED.

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Surveys from over 3000 teachers, from multiple states, document that teachers spend 1/3 of every school year teaching students content they should already know.  Why?  We unintentionally give students “Permission to Forget” through the weekly spelling (and later on – chapter) tests.  First graders learn in the first month they don’t need those words anymore.  In your school district it will be possible to send students onto middle school who have never learned how to cram/get a grade/forget.  They will continue their kindergarten attitude that learning and remembering go together. For $8 you can purchase “Let’s Fix Spelling” at www.LtoJConsulting.com ; 83 pages as PDF to print or read.

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     This online course is designed to provide superintendents with materials and activities that will spark reflection on and discussion about the role of school boards, the changing social and educational context, and how school boards might help lead the transformation of public schools from bureaucracies to learning organizations. This course is offered in nine units, each of which should require a minimum of two hours to complete. Each module provides a combination of reading material, video or audio clips, questions for reflection, activities to explore topics in greater depth, and resources for reference and study. Although the modules are presented in order, you are encouraged to explore them in any way that makes sense to you. Eventually, it is our hope that you see them as interlocking pieces of a whole and as a new vision for the role of school boards in 21st century public education in America. A more detailed description is provided on the Schlechty Center website.
     Please contact the Schlechty Center directly for information regarding facilitation of this work with your school board. The Schlechty Center is currently an approved provider in several states and will work to explore requirements and approval processes with any individuals in other states who intend to use the course to acquire credit hours.

“School Boards for the 21st Century is proving to be an outstanding tool both individually and collectively for our board of education. Our board has become very clear about their role in supporting the district and becoming community advocates for our schools and students through these easy-to-use, self-guided modules. It has been an asset to the entire district to have our board focused and actively participating in a positive way through their work with this course.”
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Maple Heights City Schools, Ohio

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