ASBJ - December 2018

Mental health is the focus of our final issue of 2018. In “After It All Falls Apart,” writer Glenn Cook travels to Santa Fe, Texas, to find out how the schools and community are coping after experiencing the one-two punch of a natural disaster and school shooting. Robin Flanigan’s “Mind Body Connection” shows how schools are using relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga to help with student anxiety and lack of focus. Associate Editor Michelle Healy looks at how schools identify children who need mental health services.





After It All Falls Apart
Glenn Cook
Schools hit by disasters face mental health challenges

Mind Body Connection
Robin L. Flanigan
Meditation in schools calms nerves and improves focus

First Responders
Michelle Healy
Schools are on the front line in identifying students for mental health services

The Shadow Knows
Ryan Champeau​
See your schools through the eyes of your students

Urban Pulse
Michelle Healy
What’s on the mind of urban school board members?

Equity and Innovation
Micah Ali​


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

Public Advocacy
Seeking Counsel

Early education alternatives

Q and A: Kwame Alexander, YA author

Online Only Articles

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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