American School Board Journal

Keys to Success: Ensuring a Smooth School Startup

Each year, First Student helps over 1,100 school districts start the school year safely and successfully. That’s a lot of coordination – buses, drivers, maintenance, schedules, students, parents, districts and staff.  And they all need to be ready for that first day of school.  Which is why so many school districts rely on First Student.

Our vast experience, unmatched across the United States, has resulted in successful starts for so many school districts – crucial support we’ve provided since the 1913.

Top Challenges for School Districts

Teatro Leyden: A Bilingual Approach to a High School Theater Program - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Teatro Leyden: A Bilingual Approach to a High School Theater Program

Leyden Community High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois

Under 5,000 enrollment

#FUTUREREADY - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delaware

5,000 to 20,000 enrollment

Every year, ninth-graders in Red Clay high schools get their pictures taken in a cap and gown. It’s a not-so-subtle message to students that they are all headed for graduation.

Equity and Success for English Learners - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia

Over 20,000 enrollment

Teacher Robynn Bevelacqua sits in a chair surrounded by fourth and fifth graders. She eyes two giggling boys and gently invites one boy to come sit next her. She resumes the language lesson for her class of English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

2018 Grand Prize Winners

Equity issues are the focus of the 2018 Magna Awards

Inclusion of all students, welcoming newcomers, and making sure all students are held to high standards—those are among the winning programs for this year’s Magna Awards.
For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards, with our sponsor, Sodexo, have been recognizing innovative school district programs. This year, the focus is on equity. Our winning districts—­the grand prize winners and the first-place winners—are working to remove barriers to achievement for underserved and vulnerable students.

U.S. Army’s Free Online Academic Readiness Program, March2Success, Rolls Out New Features

As students prepare for the next step in their academic careers, they need the right resources easily available so they can succeed. The U.S. Army invests in education and wants to help students reach their higher education goals – no matter if they choose a military or civilian path.

How to Promote Effective Professional Development in Your District

A new framework addresses PD challenges

Jon Saderholm, Bob Ronau, Margaret J. Mohr-Schroeder, Chris Rakes, and Sarah B. Bush

Fixing the Educator Shortage at the District Level

School leaders can take concrete actions to help

Sarah J. Kaka, Robert Mitchell, and Grant Clayton

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