American School Board Journal

Rethinking Parent-Teacher Conferences

A fourth-grade team makes the ubiquitous conferences more meaningful

Thomas Von Soelen

Leadership and the ‘Fifth Discipline’

Peter Senge’s work on systems thinking applies to school leadership

James Leatherman

President’s Perspective: ‘We Weren’t Born to Follow’

When the gavel was passed to me a year ago and I took the stage as NSBA’s 70th and youngest president in history, I did so to the song “We Weren’t Born to Follow” by Jon Bon Jovi, a 1980 graduate of my alma mater Sayreville War Memorial High School in New Jersey. The song wasn’t selected just as a tribute to my school’s most famous alumnus. It was a message that during my presidency I would be looking to do things differently.

Tom On Point: Words are not enough

February 14, 2018, started as just another school day and ended, like too many others, as one more day of carnage and tragedy. The mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, stunned the nation but somehow did not shock it, as a kind of numbness washes over an American society that witnesses repeated instances of senseless violence.

From the Editor: Magna magic

For more than two decades, the Magna Awards have been recognizing and honoring school district innovation. We profiled those programs each year in the pages of this magazine.

This year, we decided to do something different. In recognition of one of the biggest challenges facing education, the 2018 Magna Awards are honoring programs focus on educational equity. This year’s winning programs are those that work to remove barriers to achievement for underserved students. Equity issues, as we know, affect schools in all communities.

Q and A with Jennifer Loren

Critical Care

Being a Cherokee citizen is an important aspect of Jennifer Loren’s life. So, the opportunity to shift from the anchor desk for a Tulsa, Oklahoma TV station to creating a first-of-its kind TV news magazine showcasing the stories of Cherokee Nation people came as a welcome shock. “My jaw hit the floor,” Loren says.


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