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From the Editor: Listen to your students
ASBJ insights from Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail.

Leadership Matters: Going forward and looking forward
NSBA Executive Director and CEO John Heim discusses moving forward and better meeting the needs of federation members. 

President’s Perspective: Essential responsibilities of a school board
NSBA 2021-22 President Viola Garcia emphasizes the importance of effective, fair, sound governance.



Student Voice

Giving students opportunities to share their perspectives and make their voices heard is essential as dis­tricts continue to navigate a pandemic that has increasing­ly put youth at risk—especially those in high-need communities.

Podcast Power

With the steady rise in the popularity of podcasts, more districts and schools are using the audio format to reach parents and other community mem­bers, as well as guide students in creating their own programs.

Imbalance of Voices

By ensuring the best balance of community voices, school boards can strengthen their ability to do the urgent work ahead.

Becoming a Better School Board Chair

Robert Rader, executive director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and a board governance veteran, shares tips on effective board leadership.

Dealing with Dissent

Seeing the value in criticism is a necessary challenge for school leaders that helps in finding equitable resolutions.

See You in San Diego

Shining a spotlight on some of the can’t miss events and offerings at the NSBA 2022 Annual Conference.



Closing the Trust Gap

Boards advised to look for ways “to hear from the majority of your constituents.”

IDEA Challenges

A sizeable number of states failed to provide guidelines on how to serve students with disabil­ities for the 2021-22 school year.

Honoring Every Life Each Day

The ongoing pandemic offers an opportunity to take stock of your institution’s equity work.


2021 National Teacher of the Year Q&A Juliana Urtubey advocates embracing the full diversity of your students and families.


Urban Advocate

Unfinished Learning

Urban districts adopt tutoring, small group instruction, and other strategies to accelerate learning and tackle unfinished learning caused by the pandemic.

New CUBE Leadership Selected

Ali of Compton Unified School District, California, Holman of Omaha Public Schools, Nebraska, and Jones of Lancaster Independent School District, Texas, named to 2021-22 CUBE Steering Committee.



When the Bully Is an Adult

Tool to Assess At-Risk Students

A Safe Way to Rehearse