American School Board Journal

From the Editor: Fight the stigma

I’ve been an education writer long enough to remember when student mental health was considered to be outside the purview of schools. The stigma—felt by the students and their families most keenly—meant such topics were rarely discussed at school.

Of course, after years of research, we know that the mental health status of children is a critical part of academic achievement and success. And we know that many more children are affected by mental disorders than was believed previously.

Business of Education: Social and Emotional Learning: What’s Next

The recognition that social and emotional learning (SEL) is on a par with academic achievement is growing in the education community. Less is known, however, about the best and most effective ways to integrate SEL into the classroom.

Equity: Listen to the Girls

School discipline falls hard on girls of color

“Listen to the girls” proclaims a poster in my home office. It was a gift from a former supervisor and it signals to me that it is important to appreciate the unique challenges faced by girls in this world. In the educational equity space, it means that we need to appreciate the unique challenges of female students— including girls of color.

Database: Special Ed to Prison Link?

Schools need better methods to teach students with disabilities

“Cody Beck was handcuffed in front of his classmates and put in the back of a police car outside of Grenada Middle School, Mississippi; he had lost his temper when arguing with another student, and hit several teachers when they tried to intervene. Cody was 12 years old. Officials at his school determined the incident was a result of Cody’s disability.

Public Advocacy: Safe Messages

Appropriate communications can prevent copycat suicides

Over a six-month period that stretched into January, five students and one recent graduate from Ohio’s Perry Local School District died by suicide, a staggering number that has left the community shaken.

Soundboard December 2018

Equity and Innovation

Micah Ali​

I am still floating from excitement and gratitude for the CUBE convening that took place in Las Vegas this September. The sense of purpose and renewed determination on behalf of all attendees was so palatable, I am confident every single person walked away with a deepened commitment to strive further and in new directions on behalf of students in urban schools across the United States.

Urban Pulse

What’s on the mind of urban school board members?

Michelle Healy​

Teacher staffing, charter schools, student achievement, consolidation—these are just some of the topics that were front-burner issues for school leaders attending NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education 51st Annual Conference in Las Vegas in September.

The Shadow Knows

See your schools through the eyes of your students

Ryan Champeau​

Would you like a deeper understanding of the experience of being a student in your district schools? Shadowing your students for one day is one way of discovering how students experience learning in your district schools.

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