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.
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 a wide range of inquiries, including School Finance issues. 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.
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.