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The mid-September weather was spectacular, and the energy was electric as a sold-out crowd of school board members and other education leaders gathered in Chicago last week for the 2023 CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education) Annual Conference. Legendary rapper, actor, and author Ice-T, who delivered a frank and moving closing keynote, described the 55th CUBE event, calling it "the largest and strongest in-person conference for school board members focused on urban trends in the country."
The mental health and well-being of students is a concern for school leaders as young people struggle in the wake of the pandemic. This issue’s cover story looks at how school districts are working with community groups and nonprofits to provide needed mental health services to their students. It’s transformative work that is improving behavior and academics. Also in this issue: What the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest affirmative action ruling means for K-12 schools, and much more.
Despite the diverse nature of the education system across the country, student achievement has become an accountability indicator of local school boards linked to effective governance. The Center for Public Education (CPE) compiled this report on current challenges that school boards face and potential solutions to improve educational leadership.
School board members must be servant leaders to the students and the community. The ABCs that help guide their work may need to stand for Attitude, Balance, and Compassion.
Teacher and staffing shortages, especially in small and rural districts, are not a new phenomenon in Colorado or the rest of the nation. But the problem has been exacerbated by growing vacancies in suburban and urban districts and a steady decline in the number of students enrolling in teacher education programs nationwide.
As you and your communities struggle to come to terms with school shootings and related school violence the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has put together a comprehensive list of resources.