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Accountability and Support

How a Maryland District Redefined School Improvement

October, 2016 Phil Snyder and Renee Villareal

In Harford County Public Schools, we hold each of our 54 schools accountable for meeting the goals set forth in their School Improvement Plans. Accountability, however, is only one factor in the formula for school improvement. Support is essential, too.

ASBJ - October 2016

Keeping the Peace

This issue we are featuring a tiny Wyoming school district that solved a seemingly intractable problem with an elegantly simple solution: When the district wasn’t reaching some children with their preschool program, school leaders figured out how to bring preschool to children.

Preparation time is not lost time when it comes to student safety

The time to prepare for a crisis is not when you’re in the middle of one. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “preparation time is not lost time.” Having a solid plan in place can go a long way in helping districts and schools prevent and respond as needed to crisis situations that arise.

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Public Advocacy: Bully Pulpit

Upset girl

How to communicate to your community about using 'student-centered learning'

Daniel Kaufman

When it comes to school safety issues, not all threats are external. Certainly one safety issue that affects every school and school district in the country to some degree is bullying and its modern form, cyberbullying.

Soundboard August 2016

President's Corner: Safe and sound

Miranda Beard

The time to prepare for a crisis is not when you’re in the middle of one. I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “preparation time is not lost time.” Having a solid plan in place can go a long way in helping districts and schools prevent and respond as needed to crisis situations that arise.

Tom On Point: Unacceptable irony

Thomas J. Gentzel

Like the tiles in a mosaic, each interesting on its own but collectively presenting a separate image, the current state of public education in America generally does not appear as a complete picture when reading individual news stories or research studies. The challenges facing public schools are many, but together they conspire to threaten this most vital institution if left unaddressed.

From the Editor: Confessions of a band mom

Marching trumpet player

No one was more surprised than I was when my fifth-grade son came home one day and asked if he could learn to play the trumpet. We’re not a musical family, and he’d never expressed any interest in music. The band teacher at his elementary school had done a presentation for his class, and he was sold.

Leaderboard August 2016

The latest from NSBA and ASBJ leadership.

From the Editor: Confessions of a band mom
Kathleen Vail
ASBJ Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail reflects on the importance on how essential so-called noncore, elective, and extracurricular activities are to the lives of students.

Bomb Scare

Hoax or real danger? School leaders grapple with reactions to bomb threats

Del Stover

When school officials received a bomb threat at Massachusetts’ Medford High School in February, they leapt to action. Well-rehearsed protocols included an assessment of the threat’s credibility, a search of the building, and consultations with local law enforcement.

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