ASBJ - February 2016

February 2016

Pomp and Circumstance

High school graduation rates are at an historically high level. In this issue’s cover story, “Pomp and Circumstance,” author Del Stover looks at the ways school leaders have been systemically addressing the complex reasons that prevent some students from earning their diplomas. In “Shining the Spotlight,” a Delaware high school principal outlines how he and his staff worked to reduce the rate of “non-graduates” – those students who intend to graduate but face obstacles that prevent them from doing so.

Staff writer Michelle Healy takes a look at current career and technical education trends in “Future Ready,” and Technology columnist Glenn Cook discusses the overdue reauthorization of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.

In “The School Boards are Coming,” a special preview section on NSBA’s Annual Conference in April, you can read about the speakers, activities, and programing that will take place in Boston. National Connection districts have access to exclusive programming and a discounted registration.

On the Cover

Pomp and Circumstance
Del Stover
High school dropout rates plummet as districts find ways to get students to the finish line.

Shining the Spotlight
Jeff Menzer with Douglas Archbald
A Delaware high school raises its graduation rate by focusing on a neglected issue.


Future Ready
Michelle Healy
Career and technical education gets a 21st century reboot.

Brave New World
Katherine Prince
What will education look like in 2025?

Safe Havens
Anne H. Littlefield and Lyndon Haviland
Preventing student sexual abuse starts with you.

The School Boards are Coming, The School Boards are Coming
A preview of what awaits Annual Conference attendees in Boston.


From the Editor
Tom on Point
President's Corner

Public Advocacy
Electronic School
On the Hill

Explore the latest education trends.

News Analysis
ESSA: What's Next?

Q&A: James Stone, CTE researcher
The director of the National Research Center for Career and Technical Education at the Southern Regional Education Board.

Urban Advocate
The latest from the Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).

Online Only Articles

A Community Changed
Stuart Coppedge
Three new schools and a new future.

Are Diverse Teachers Welcome?
Patricia Hanson and Seema Imam
How schools can go beyond ‘diversity blindness’ to retain teachers that mirror their communities.

Evolving Teacher Prep
Lori Dassa and Greg Sampson
What do school boards need to know about the recent changes in educator accreditation?

Jumping the Shark
Michelle Healy
A Georgia district exposes students to real-world challenges of business ownership.


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