American School Board Journal

Tom On Point: Words are not enough

February 14, 2018, started as just another school day and ended, like too many others, as one more day of carnage and tragedy. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stunned the nation but somehow did not shock it, as a kind of numbness washes over an American society that witnesses repeated instances of senseless violence.

From the Editor: Magna magic

For more than two decades, the Magna Awards have been recognizing and honoring school district innovation. We profiled those programs each year in the pages of this magazine.

This year, we decided to do something different. In recognition of one of the biggest challenges facing education, the 2018 Magna Awards are honoring programs focus on educational equity. This year’s winning programs are those that work to remove barriers to achievement for underserved students. Equity issues, as we know, affect schools in all communities.

Q and A with Jennifer Loren

Critical Care

Being a Cherokee citizen is an important aspect of Jennifer Loren’s life. So, the opportunity to shift from the anchor desk for a Tulsa, Oklahoma TV station to creating a first-of-its kind TV news magazine showcasing the stories of Cherokee Nation people came as a welcome shock. “My jaw hit the floor,” Loren says.

Seeking Counsel: Risky Business

Critical Care

School leaders can take a systemic approach to risk management

Melissa L. Barber

Database: Critical Consumers

Critical Care

Preparing future citizens in a post-truth era

Patte Barth

Post-truth: adjective. relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.—Oxford English Dictionary 2016 international word of the year

Public Advocacy: Rogue on Board

Critical Care

Gadfly board members wreak havoc within and outside the district

Glenn Cook

Imagine your reaction if your child comes home with a note from the teacher that reads, “Does not play well with others.” Your first response is to try to understand what is happening and why, followed by finding ways to improve the situation. If necessary, you bring in others to help.

Equity: Equity Work

Critical Care

Support for districts with underserved student populations

Verjeana Jacobs

Soundboard April 2018

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