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Digital Resources in the Volunteer State

The Tennessee Digital Resources Library offers free access to all state districts

Kathleen Vail​

Digital Resources in the Volunteer State

The Tennessee Digital Resources Library offers free access to all state districts

Kathleen Vail​

Television and its Impact on Black Achievement

Is TV watching contributing to the achievement gap?

RL Booker, Jr.​

5 Steps Educators Can Take to Close the “Tech-Spectation” Gap

Schools can make a difference in the quality of learning students receive

Elliott Levine

Most students today have been using digital tools for many years, at home or at school. Whether it’s laptops and tablets or interactive video and virtual reality (VR), students expect technology to be part of their educational experience, seeing it as fundamental to their ability to learn. 

But as they approach high school and college, many are stunned to discover that schools don’t adequately live up to their “tech-spectations.”

President’s Perspective: Now what?

“Now what?” was the charge asked of each of us at the close of NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) Annual Conference in September. This short question, just two words and a question mark, can give pause to both new and veteran school board members.

As a board member serving a student population, the majority of whom are struggling, underperforming or linguistically challenged, the “Now what?” question really stuck with me. On my flight home after the conference, and for days afterwards, the question replayed in my mind, “Now what?”

Tom On Point: A sound investment

Occasionally, Congress addresses education in a meaningful, bipartisan way. Take, for instance, the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act—the long-awaited reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act that restored an emphasis on local and state leadership. Then, too, there was this year’s reauthorization of the Carl Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which also won the backing of legislators from both parties. Both were major advocacy victories for NSBA.

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.

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