American School Board Journal

Opioid Crisis Another Dilemma for Urban Education

Story by Micah Ali

When President Donald Trump dramatically declared the opioid crisis a “national health emergency” a month ago, he was announcing the grim reality that those of us working for and in low-income communities of color have faced on the ground for a generation—that opioids and other drugs kill and destroy hope.

Fair Representation

Urban districts strive to solve disproportionality in their schools

Story by Michelle Healy

Disproportionality isn’t a word that regularly pops up in casual conversation, but for school leaders invested in the work of improving urban education, it’s an essential part of the dialogue and the mission of equity. 

Teacher Diversity Matters

Critical Care

Recruitment, retention are part of the complex solution

Story by Del Stover

Urban school boards have struggled for years to improve the diversity of their teaching staffs, so students will have at least some teachers who look like them.

Yet, such efforts don’t seem to have helped all that much. Although the number of students of color increases year after year, the number of minority teachers fails to keep pace.

Keeping the Arts Alive

Critical Care

A Connecticut district invests in the arts during challenging budget times

Story by Mark D. Benigni, Robert E. Kosienski Jr., and Brian R. Cyr

Student Press

Critical Care

Strong journalism programs are essential to civics, media literacy

Story by Glenn Cook

Emily Smith’s students were suspicious. They were working on a profile about the newly hired principal at Kansas’ Pittsburg High School, and statements about her background and transcript weren’t adding up.

Killer Epidemic

Critical Care

Schools deal with repercussions of the nation’s opioid crisis

Story by Michelle Healy

Falmouth, Massachusetts, on the southwestern tip of Cape Cod, is every inch the quintessential coastal town. A popular destination for summer tourists, Falmouth is famous for its beaches, ocean and marine research facilities, and passenger ferries that travel to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket islands. 

Building the Perfect School

Critical Care

Building the Perfect School

Story by Del Stover

What to consider when planning for new or retrofitted school buildings 

When you think about it, the architecture of most K-12 schools today is designed for an instructional model that’s long outdated.

Online only: Lessons from the Santa Rosa Firestorm

How to prepare for the unthinkable

Frank Pugh

On Monday morning on Oct. 9, I found myself at a Safeway grocery store getting things for breakfast for our unexpected family members who had arrived just hours before. I had been lucky to find this store open. The parking lot was filled with fire evacuees, and inside the store, people were dazed. Our community was in the midst of a catastrophic firestorm.

Online only: Building Blocks to School Improvement

How school leaders can help their schools change and improve

Lisa Hillian and Craig Reed

School Improvement. The district has several unaccredited schools. What does this mean in the eyes of a school board member? Part of being a board member is to make sure schools operate well. But operation and accreditation are on two ends of the spectrum. When people approach board members in the community, they want a quick fix and easy turn around. Obviously, the principal is a key factor in implementing school change.

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