American School Board Journal

Equity and Success for English Learners - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia

Over 20,000 enrollment

Teacher Robynn Bevelacqua sits in a chair surrounded by fourth and fifth graders. She eyes two giggling boys and gently invites one boy to come sit next her. She resumes the language lesson for her class of English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

Teatro Leyden: A Bilingual Approach to a High School Theater Program - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Leyden Community High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois

Under 5,000 enrollment

When she was a sophomore, Hilda Mendoza tried out for the Spanish-speaking cast of “The House on Mango Street.” An English as a Second Language (ESL) student at Leyden West High School more comfortable with Spanish, she was surprised when the director cast her for the English version of the play.

Breaking Down Barriers

Equity issues are the focus of the 2018 Magna Awards

Inclusion of all students, welcoming newcomers, and making sure all students are held to high standards—those are among the winning programs for this year’s Magna Awards.
For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards, with our sponsor, Sodexo, have been recognizing innovative school district programs. This year, the focus is on equity. Our winning districts—­the grand prize winners and the first-place winners—are working to remove barriers to achievement for underserved and vulnerable students.

Support for High-Quality Instruction

There is no end to the innovative technology solutions available to teachers and school districts these days. Few of these tools, however, are designed by teachers for teachers, and fewer still offer vetted high-quality content, lesson plans and teaching strategies along with annotated videos—and certainly none offer all these elements integrated together and easily searchable, with a focus on mathematics. Teacher Advisor With Watson, an innovative professional development resource aims to change all that.

Online only: A Framework for Supporting All Students

One-size-fits-all no longer works in schools

Steve Goodman and Hank Bohanon​

Online only: Discipline and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

Schools are doing a disservice to black male students in regards to discipline

R.L. Booker Jr.​

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