ASBJ - April 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Magna Awards. This is the second year that the Magna Awards have focused on equity. The winning programs – three grand prize winners and 15 first place winners – cover the gamut of innovative ways to remove barriers to underserved students. In “The Hard Work of Equity​,” you’ll find information on excellent district programs with a proven track record of success.





The Hard Work of Equity​
Kathleen Vail​
Winners of the 2019 Magna Awards are breaking down barriers for students

2019 Magna Award First Place Winners
Colts Neck Township Schools, Colts Neck, New Jersey

Segregation’s Legacy
Glenn Cook
On the 65th anniversary of Brown, we revisit the town at the center of the school integration movement

Shattering Stereotypes
​Michelle Healy
Women of color who lead schools are a small but growing group

Preparing Good People
Robin L. Flanigan
Empathy is the root of social and emotional learning


Kathleen Vail, Thomas J. Gentzel, Frank C. Pugh

Public Advocacy
Seeking Counsel

Early education alternatives

Q&A: Teacher of the Year Mandy Manning

Online Only Articles

Ready to Learn: Student and District Success with School Breakfast
Brie Doyle, Ph.D
Every school stakeholder hopes that students arrive school with a hunger to learn each day. However, far too many students miss a morning meal, resulting in hunger for food, not knowledge.

Behavioral Governance
David E. Lee and James T. Fox​
An emerging model of board development including coaching and feedback

Path to School Leadership: Gwendolyn Page Shannon

Preferred Provider School Counseling Model
Michael R. Baldassarre
Everett Public Schools sees cost savings with increased service to students and families

Women in Leadership
Monica E. Goldson, Ed.D.

Diversity in School Leadership
Luis Mojica
Improving teacher training programs will help recruit more minority teachers

Champions for Children

Digital Resources in the Volunteer State
Kathleen Vail​
The Tennessee Digital Resources Library offers free access to all state districts

5 Steps Educators Can Take to Close the “Tech-Spectation” Gap
Elliott Levine
Schools can make a difference in the quality of learning students receive

Television and its Impact on Black Achievement
RL Booker, Jr.​
Is TV watching contributing to the achievement gap?

We Recruit Students: A Case Study for Public Schools

Fixing the Educator Shortage at the District Level
Sarah J. Kaka, Robert Mitchell, and Grant Clayton
School leaders can take concrete actions to help

How to Promote Effective Professional Development in Your District
Jon Saderholm, Bob Ronau, Margaret Mohr-Schroeder, Chris Rakes, and Sarah B. Bush
A new framework addresses PD challenges

Principal as Politician
Ricardo “Rocky” Torres
Politics are as important as pedagogy in raising achievement

Understanding Transgender Students
David Campos
Helping transgender students feel accepted starts with understanding

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

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

Support for High-Quality Instruction

High-Quality Teaching for Equity
Sheena Hervey and Erick Witherspoon

Commotio Cordis and Your Duty of Care
Rob Vito

Paperless, Property Taxes, and the Price of Progress

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