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“It makes my heart happy”: Celebrating culture creates safe spaces

"It makes my heart so happy that students are coming together to share their experiences and they feel safe doing it," says Superintendent Laurie Dent. "We finally made it safe to talk about race in this district."

What the data says about superintendent turnover in 2023-24

In the last five years, more than 40% of districts have witnessed at least one superintendent departure. Which states faced higher levels of attrition?

NSPRA names its 25 superintendents to watch for 2023

2023's honorees spearheaded innovative strategies surrounding the effective use of technology to engage their school communities and expand two-way communication efforts.

How rebranding has this superintendent living in the moment—for now

Sharing a common purpose—and a common mascot—has had wider impacts on academics and even building design in Missouri's Grandview C-4 School District, Superintendent Kenny Rodrequez attests.

Districts charge into 2024 with a diverse group of new leaders

School districts that had vacancies at the top are now entering the year knowing who their next superintendents will be after a spate of holiday season hirings of both veterans and first-timers.

AASA Superintendent of the Year finalists named for 2024

The finalists named by AASA comprise a diverse group hailing from these states: Georgia, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Texas. "They are prime examples of what it means to be a superintendent in today’s post-COVID world," AASA says.

News literacy: The one subject this superintendent believes should be taught in every district

"I am of the firm belief that if there is one skill our kids need to graduate with, it's that," says Shari Camhi, superintendent of the Baldwin Union Free School District and who now serves on the board of the National Assessment Governing Board.

This superintendent writes articles celebrating his students because ‘it’s unifying’

Students come with many talents and gifts beyond intellectual ability. So why not share them with your community? Here's how Warwick Valley Central School District Superintendent David Leach does it.

Before his arrival, there were budget cuts and hardships. Now, he’s Maryland’s Superintendent of the Year

When Harford County Public Schools Superintendent Sean Bulson was hired in 2018, he was faced with an ongoing budget crisis. The district dealt with more than 10 years of cutting positions. Now, the sky's the limit.

ELs excelling: Principal shares the keys to 3 big achievements

Principal Angel M. Rodriguez and his team at Lyman Hall Elementary School have seen record numbers of EL students graduating from language programs and being identified as gifted.

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