From the Editor: Equity’s hard work

The Magna Awards have been recognizing school board and school district excellence for more than 20 years. This is the second year that the Magna Awards have focused on equity or, more specifically, removing barriers for underserved students-—children of color; children with disabilities; children from impoverished families; children with mental health issues; children who are gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning.

Database: Data on Disabilities

Good news, bad news on graduation rates

In January, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released its most recent numbers on the percentage of public high school students who graduate with a regular diploma and on time, that is, within four years of starting ninth grade.

Public Advocacy: Key Communicators

Beat the rumor mill with a trusted network of truth-tellers

As school leaders, you know how difficult—if not impossible—it can be to stop the rumor mill once it starts. And this is made even harder by the information overload your parents, staff, and community face thanks to social media.


Preparing Good People

Empathy is the root of social and emotional learning

Robin L. Flanigan

Timothy Hoss calls empathy education “the missing link in our work with young people.”

Shattering Stereotypes

Women of color who lead schools are a small but growing group

Michelle Healy​

Early in her career as a high school English teacher in Rockford, Illinois, Sharon Contreras knew she wanted to be a superintendent. And she wasn’t shy about sharing that goal with Ronald Epps, then superintendent of Rockford Public Schools.

Segregation’s Legacy

On the 65th anniversary of Brown, we revisit the town at the center of the school integration movement

Glenn Cook

Sixty-nine years ago, black residents from a small South Carolina town filed a lawsuit that ultimately would change history. Four years and one day later, on May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court made sure of that.


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