ASBJ - April 2018

The Magna Awards are back! This year, the program is focused on equity, honoring district programs that help their underserved students have access to the services and resources they need to be successful. In our cover story, “Breaking Down Barriers” we feature the three grand-prize winning districts – a theater program that produces playing in English and Spanish; a newcomer program for refugees; and a high school restructure that boosts graduation rates and reduces dropout rates. If you’re attending NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio, please attend the Magna Awards Master Class session to hear from these winners in person. You can read about the programs of the 15 first place winners in this issue, as well.  

On the Cover

Breaking Down Barriers
Equity issues are the focus of the 2018 Magna Awards


Preschool Push
Glenn Cook
Districts use public-private partnerships to expand preschool programs

Tech Support
Michelle Healy
Pros and cons of IT outsourcing

Elements of Successful Schools
Joetta Sack-Min
Schools succeed when educators, parents, and communities collaborate

Hard Truth
Richard Rothstein
Solving segregation starts with a history lesson


Kathleen Vail, Thomas J. Gentzel, Kevin E. Ciak

Public Advocacy

Explore the latest education trends.

Business of Education
Quality of life

Q&A: Jennifer Loren

Online Only Articles

Online only: Leadership and the ‘Fifth Discipline’
James Leatherman
Peter Senge’s work on systems thinking applies to school leadership

Online only: Rethinking Parent-Teacher Conferences
Thomas Von Soelen
A fourth-grade team makes the ubiquitous conferences more meaningful

Support for High-Quality Instruction

Online only: High-Quality Teaching for Equity
Sheena Hervey and Erick Witherspoon

Online only: Commotio Cordis and Your Duty of Care
Rob Vito

Online only: Paperless, Property Taxes, and the Price of Progress

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