ASBJ - February 2019

In our first issue of 2019, we explore teaching and learning. Sparked by a concern over falling literacy rates, schools are reconsidering their reading lists. Our cover story, “Novel Idea,” looks at how districts are mixing in titles by women and people of color with the classics. “History Lessons” outlines the difficulties in teaching history during times of political and social upheaval. Plants and gardens are used to teach STEM subjects, as we see in “Living Laboratories.”





Novel Idea
Michelle Healy
Schools are using diverse authors and titles to spark student interest in reading

History Lessons
Glenn Cook
The challenge of teaching history in volatile times

Living Laboratories
Robin L. Flanigan​
STEM subjects come alive in school gardens 

Fiscal Health
​Joseph J. Tramontana
Keep tabs on your district’s financial condition

Trust Restored
Michelle Healy
A Nevada board and superintendent work to repair their governance relationship

Start With The Babies
Micah Ali​


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

Public Advocacy
Seeking Counsel

Early education alternatives

Q and A: Carol Jago

Online Only Articles

Help Students Build Their Future While Staying Debt-Free

Bethlehem Area Schools Make Stunning Strides In Reading

Assessment Audits: Tools for Early Identification and Intervention

Five Essentials to Enable Learning
Mike Grey

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

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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