American School Board Journal

Limitations of Direct Observation

Watching teachers at work may not be the best way to evaluate performance

December, 2016 Charles Maranzano

Recycling Surplus Schools

Putting old buildings to use once again

December, 2016 Ryan Gever

Following the flight from the cities in the late 20th century, many urban school districts consolidated or closed some of their school inventory. These excess, vacant school buildings are often referred to as surplus properties, facilities, or schools. Most often, surplus schools are located in low-income communities where the schoolhouse was one of few community amenities in an otherwise residential neighborhood.

ASBJ - December 2016

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White Paper: Reducing Sports-Related Risk in Your School District

Spurred by tragedy, stakeholders unite to improve athlete safety in Arkansas: A Case Study Provided by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association

Public Advocacy: Ready for Your Close-Up?

These tips will help you ace those new school year media interviews

Daniel Kaufman

Do you have any questions for my answers?  —Henry Kissinger

Soundboard October 2016

Leaderboard October 2016

The latest from NSBA and ASBJ leadership.

From the Editor: Frontier spirit
Kathleen Vail
ASBJ Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail recounts her eye-opening trip to Wyoming and the often-overlooked challenges of rural schools.

President's Corner: New beginnings

Miranda Beard

There is something special and uplifting in the eyes of children and in the smiles on their faces when they are happy and excited.

At the end of a long summer break, most students are back in the classrooms for a new school year—many of them eager and ready to learn. Their eyes are bright and their pencils are still sharp.

Tom On Point: Red flag on ESSA backsliding

Thomas J. Gentzel

Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) late last year has been the cause of much celebration by those of us who believed the fulcrum in education policymaking was badly in need of a reset. For decades, the federal role has grown, coercing state leaders and local school officials to change their practices in order to be eligible for funding from Washington. In the wake of state budget cuts and the recession of 2008, the need for such financial support assumed added urgency.


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