Few entries on this page apply only to school administration. The hot topics are complex and consensus across the U.S. is slim. Great variations emerge in each state. School administrators, of course, are expected to be a jack-of-all-trades in a learning and community environment, locally or regionally depending upon the boundaries.
EdSource contains resources and links about every topic which school administrators must tackle today--from teacher quality to school finance. EdSource is a non-profit consultancy devoted to California education. Really useful data and articulation of the key issues can be found here. Remember you will need to drill down 2-3 levels into a space for details rather than the generalizations, appropriate for lay leaders. Most states have equivalent entities.
The American Association of School Administrators offers a wide range of resources, including sections for professional development, cultural exchange, children's programs, and public policy resources.
School Improvement Through Data-Driven Decision Making provides tools for data-gathering about classrooms and schools, professional practices, and the community--a real time-saver.
NAESP, National Association of Elementary School Principals, can be differentiated from related sites, because it includes an online bookstore and an exchange registry by areas of interest and expertise.
The Consortium for Policy Research in Education sponsors the School Finance project, examining the cost of school improvement and professional development initiatives. Articles, case studies and models are included.
If you need more data from practitioners, look at the contents at the site for the National Center for Educational Statistics – a good resource for calls to establish data-driven education.
TeAch-nology is a portal that organizes topics into 32 categories, such as ability grouping, burnout, rural education, bullying, facilities and so on.
The Education Commission of the States serves as a clearinghouse for issues of the day pertinent to decision-makers at the state education agency level, such as standards-based accountability and allocation of funds for new technology.
Portical, specially developed in California, is divided into briefcase, columns, a discussion forum and resources and targeted to school administrators and their technology needs.
Edvancenet, sponsored by MCI, COSN, and the National School Boards Association, requests feedback from viewers on hot issues via a listserve and online forum. Experienced leaders also present concepts.
Teacher Policy Research (TPR) is a research partnership between the University of Virginia, Stanford University and the University at Albany to develop policies that will attract and retain high-quality teachers and leaders, especially in low-performing schools.
The RAND Corporation has a number of articles and exemplars on all areas of school administration. Here's a list of their latest publications.
Ed Tech Action Network offers tools and tips for sharing expertise about technology with policymakers. It has been developed by ISTE and CoSN, very experienced in this arena.
EdSource is amazingly comprehensive and especially helpful for novice administrators. The staff also welcomes questions via telephone.
Other Areas To Check Out...
• An Evaluation Checklist for Educational Web Sites
• EdTech Leaders Online
• Evaluation Resources
• Gifted Children
• Major US and North American Federal Organizations: Environment
• National Science Teachers Association - Content and Research
• National, State and Regional Networks (sample)
• School Administration Support
• Science Teaching
• Teacher As Researcher