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2022 Issues

  • April


    From the Editor: When in April

    ASBJ Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail offers an overview of this month’s issue.

    Leadership Matters: Training for boards is critical
    NSBA Executive Director and CEO John Heim discusses professional development for school boards as a vital resource for making school districts work for students.

    President’s Perspective: What we do in 2022 and beyond
    NSBA 2021-22 President Viola Garcia on moving forward and staying focused on what we can control.


    Book Review
    Breakthrough Leadership: Six Principles Guiding Schools Where INEQUITY Is Not an Option


    Child Tax Credit

    When school districts have alerted families to the expanded Child Tax Credit and how they can access free tax assis­tance, many families have taken action to claim this critical support that can help provide stability to the students in your schools.


    2022 Magna Awards: Grand Prize Winners  

    School districts large and small are removing barriers to academic success. The 2022 Magna Awards recognize three Grand Prize winners for innovation and creativity in educational equity.

    2022 Magna Awards: Silver Award Winners

    School districts large and small are removing barriers to academic success. The 2022 Magna Awards recognize 15 Silver Award winners for innovation and creativity in achieving educational equity.

    Missing Students

    Before the pandemic, an estimated 1 in 6 U.S. students was chronically absent from school. COVID-19 caused absenteeism rates to soar, particularly in communities with high numbers of the most vulnerable students. Districts are digging in to reengage with these students.

    Staffing Shortage Woes

    As the nation grapples with the “Great Resignation,” school systems face their own battle to hire and retain staff at all positions who are feeling stressed, exhausted, disrespected, and underpaid.

    Five Lessons for Successful School Board Service

    School board service is complex and demanding. Still, it remains a won­derful opportunity for individuals to provide their unique skills, talents, and experiences to the community.

    Rural Career-Tech Challenge

    Emphasizing real-life projects that benefit the community helps a career and technical education program in rural Virginia raise the bar for student engagement and learning.


    Healthy Connections

    In highly stressful times like these, burnout and work-life balance can challenge those charged with positively connecting school districts and their communities.

    Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate

    To build a strong partnership between schools and parents, the former needs a profound understanding of the wants, needs, and expectations of the latter.

    From Asphalt to Awesome

    Students from underserved neighborhoods have less access to green outdoor spaces and inviting schoolyards than their peers in affluent communities. This inequality impacts students’ physical and mental wellness and their academic success.

    Be Your Own Wellness Champion

    Members of the school law community need to take steps to prioritize their mental health and well-being so that they can continue to support and inspire their clients, colleagues, and loved ones.


    Johns Hopkins School of Education researcher Bob Balfanz says school leaders need to be “proactive, not reactive” to help high school students find success during the pandemic.

    Online Only

    Effect of Start Time Changes on Enrollment

    A School District Under Transformation

  • February


    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

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