ASBJ - April 2016

April 2016

Pomp and Circumstance

It’s award season: the Golden Globes, the Oscars -- and the 2016 Magna Awards. Every April, we feature districts and school leaders who solve challenges with outside-the-box solutions. The school district programs listed in this magazine are the result of uncounted hours of hard work and dedication. They are as varied as the children and the communities they represent.

Center for Public Education Director Patte Barth updates her popular Top 10 list of reasons to celebrate public schools in “What’s Good in Public Education?” Law columnist Gary R. Brochu discusses the school board’s role in student achievement in “The Governance-Achievement Link.”

On the Cover

Vision into Action
Kathleen Vail
The 2016 Magna Grand Prize winners responded to school and community needs with creative solutions.

Magna Winners and Honorable Mentions


Knowledge Is Power
Valarie Lewis
A Queens K-8 school boosted achievement with a curriculum based on what children should know.

Performance Tracking
Patty Poppe Polster
Improve the work of your district by measuring what matters.

The Key to Success
Del Stover
Find the way to good governance in the revised Key Work of School Boards.

What's Good in Public Education
Patte Barth
Top 10 things to celebrate about public schools.


Kathleen Vail, Thomas J. Gentzel,
John Tuttle

Public Advocacy
Electronic School
Seeking Counsel

Explore the latest education trends.

Q&A: STEM researcher Sharon Lynch
Professor of science education in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C..

Business of Education: Leadership by listening
Social media has been a game changer for school district communications.

Online Only Articles

The Real Score
John R. Gerdy
Football vs. music as an educational investment.

Behavioral Support
Nakia Hall, with Hank Bohanon and Steve Goodman
Research-based program reduces discipline problems.

Raising the Bar
Pamela S. Bahre and Miguel A. Cardona
Major changes transforming the experience of students.


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