American School Board Journal

ASBJ - October 2017

The 2017 Magna Awards

School leaders are on the leading edge of reform. They break down barriers to achievement for their students, sometimes against all odds. In this special multimedia edition, the editors chose six school districts that exemplify this spirit of innovation and reform.

Getting the Best Principals

Why are some schools great? Look to the principal

by Robert L. Zorn

No ordinary day

Critical Care

Every school in every area of the country serves vastly different students and communities. While attacks on public schools persist, school leaders and educators work to remove the barriers to learning facing their students. In our October issue, we will take you to six districts who are doing this. Through our articles, videos, photos, and informational graphics, we’ll take you to communities and let you meet the people doing this extraordinary work.

Also online: Thinking Forward

Critical Care

Changing hiring practices is difficult, but essential

Thomas Hughes

Online only: Digital Portfolio Assessments

This tool can communicate information about learning

Chris Besse

When it comes to assessment, communication is everything. It’s the way we make learning tangible and visible to all our stakeholders — whether that be educational leaders, teachers, parents, or students.

Tom On Point: Retractable rights

Thomas J. Gentzel

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, which is home to an estimated 60,000 Amish, people with a distinct culture and a unique way of expressing themselves. Instead of turning off the light switch, for instance, they likely would say that you were “outening the lights.” When it’s raining lightly, it’s “spritzing,” and if someone ate the last piece of cake, well, “the dessert is all.”

Trending In School Security

Critical Care

Keeping up to keep students safe

Del Stover

Should teachers be equipped with bulletproof whiteboards? Is it time to monitor students’ Facebook and Twitter accounts for posts about bullying, bombs, or guns?

Are you prepared for angry parents to file a million-dollar lawsuit because of your so-called “unsafe” schools?


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