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Communicating effectively

Delia tries to put herself in situations where parents can informally come in and speak with her. She begins each year in the buildings, trying to be in every classroom by the end of the school year. She attends long, school sponsored trips with parents and their children, conducts three superintendent’s forums throughout each year on specific topics, and attends all the school functions – at Bingo night, she is the caller. Carmen strives to create a non-hierarchical atmosphere with her staff. Several times in the interviews, she mentioned that her background and upbringing as a Native American has helped her realize that there is no one person who “stands out in front . . . There’s nobody out here as the one who saves the day or the winner. It’s got to be everybody sharing the same outcome.” Like Carmen, Corwin also relies on her background as a catalyst to help people know and understand her. “I shared with them my whole background; just to say now here is where I come from and here is where I think we need to be going.” Fay wanted to communicate with her high school students and meet with them on a regular basis. She created a forum where students could feel comfortable sitting with her on their own “turf,” asking questions, talking about their issues, and giving feedback about what works in school and what doesn’t work.

Creating forums for all voices to be heard

Tina created a forum for her staff to feel safe and reflect on their biases, and stressed how they might begin to work toward changing those biases to better educate all of their students. As mentioned earlier, one of Karen’s challenges is that she was leading a district that had 13 communities feeding into her large high school district.

I have some old line families that have been in public housing that I can count on in any given day [for support] – even if you don’t have the finances, that does not don’t necessarily translate in a poverty of values, spirit and soul.

Corwin, Tina, and Delia talked about coming into districts formerly led by superintendents who had been somewhat divisive or who had a top down leadership style. Rebuilding trust was an issue they faced when staff and other stakeholders needed to regain interest and excitement about the schools in their community.

Delia had to work to transcend a former male superintendent’s “head honcho” leadership style as she tried to create an atmosphere of group process. “My style is much more collaborative, much more management as part of a group process and people had a difficult time making that adjustment.” Fay pointed out many instances where she either sent or joined her staff to present at conferences, participated on various boards and forums, and reached out to the community. “Leaders have to do [that], you take a chance, you step up when you are asked to participate and in that forum of course you will reveal your vision because you’re going to be challenged by all these people.”


Women superintendents in this study were speaking out about social justice issues in their school districts. Clearly, they work to establish community as a process, trying to involve staff and parents in decision-making to create better programs and schools, particularly keeping in mind that children are the future.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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