How to Talk Social Studies

The discipline is more essential than ever to students and society

Lawrence M. Paska

What do you think of when you hear the term STEM? Do words like “innovation,” “priority,” “jobs,” and “funding” come to mind?

Now, what do you think of when you hear the term social studies?

Lessons from a Charter Lottery Loser

To compete with charter schools, reach out to outsiders

Robert Maranto​

Achievement Zone Transformation

A Georgia school district raises achievement
with a turnaround strategy

Nora K. Carr​

Teachers in Turmoil

A looming crisis is coming to your classrooms

Glenn Cook

Her apartment was packed. Her math students were out for the summer. She was spending as much time as possible with two of her closest friends from college before the moving truck arrived.

ASBJ - October 2018

We are proud to present the second ASBJ On the Road story, featured in this issue. “What Lies Beneath” focuses on implicit bias in teachers and administrators and how that bias can thwart your plans for delivering an equitable education.

Keys to Success: Ensuring a Smooth School Startup

Each year, First Student helps over 1,100 school districts start the school year safely and successfully. That’s a lot of coordination – buses, drivers, maintenance, schedules, students, parents, districts and staff.  And they all need to be ready for that first day of school.  Which is why so many school districts rely on First Student.

Our vast experience, unmatched across the United States, has resulted in successful starts for so many school districts – crucial support we’ve provided since the 1913.

Top Challenges for School Districts

Teatro Leyden: A Bilingual Approach to a High School Theater Program - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Teatro Leyden: A Bilingual Approach to a High School Theater Program

Leyden Community High School District 212, Franklin Park, Illinois

Under 5,000 enrollment

#FUTUREREADY - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Red Clay Consolidated School District in Wilmington, Delaware

5,000 to 20,000 enrollment

Every year, ninth-graders in Red Clay high schools get their pictures taken in a cap and gown. It’s a not-so-subtle message to students that they are all headed for graduation.

Equity and Success for English Learners - Grand prize winner

Critical Care

Newport News Public Schools, Newport News, Virginia

Over 20,000 enrollment

Teacher Robynn Bevelacqua sits in a chair surrounded by fourth and fifth graders. She eyes two giggling boys and gently invites one boy to come sit next her. She resumes the language lesson for her class of English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

2018 Grand Prize Winners

Equity issues are the focus of the 2018 Magna Awards

Inclusion of all students, welcoming newcomers, and making sure all students are held to high standards—those are among the winning programs for this year’s Magna Awards.
For more than 20 years, the Magna Awards, with our sponsor, Sodexo, have been recognizing innovative school district programs. This year, the focus is on equity. Our winning districts—­the grand prize winners and the first-place winners—are working to remove barriers to achievement for underserved and vulnerable students.


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