Magna Awards

Creating New Pathways to Equitable Education

By Guest Contributor Heath Morrison, School Group President, McGraw-Hill Education

For educators, the issues of educational equity – and the realities of educational inequity – are personal.

In my own time as a teacher, I saw educational inequity on a daily basis. I saw it in the faces of the students who felt out of place in our school because they were different from their peers. I saw it in students who struggled because they didn’t speak English. And, I saw it in students who couldn’t focus because they hadn’t had breakfast that morning.

Understanding Transgender Students

Helping transgender students feel accepted starts with understanding

David Campos

Principal as Politician

Politics are as important as pedagogy in raising achievement

Ricardo “Rocky” Torres

By the end of year two as building principal, my team and I were able to say that we achieved some unfathomable feats. Having taken over a school consistently performing in the lowest 5 percent in the state, we were charged with producing results, aka student achievement. In Ohio, we have a third-grade reading guarantee, which means that students must meet a certain threshold to be promoted to fourth grade.

Q and A: Visionary Educator Will Richardson

Critical Care


Will Richardson, co-founder of the innovation website, is a leading voice for “reimagining classrooms for the modern world.” A former public school English teacher, Richardson has written six books, most recently From Master Teacher to Master Learner and Freedom to Learn. In April, he spoke at the Education Technology Leadership luncheon at NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio.

Business of Education

Accountability and Transparency

Data—we all want to see it. Board members are no different. Districts are awash in data and information, and boards need a way to organize that information and use it to improve student achievement.

One solution starts in the boardroom: BoardDocs, a paperless meeting and board management software developed by Emerald Data Solutions. Emerald Data Solution’s founder Ari Ioannides spoke with ASBJ Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail about accountability, transparency, and transformation.

Seeking Counsel: Privacy Concerns

Critical Care

Federal Laws Govern How Student Data Must Be Protected

Melissa A. Kern​

Seeking Counsel: Privacy Concerns

Critical Care

Federal laws govern how student data must be protected

Melissa A. Kern​

Database: Do Four-Day Workweeks Work?

Critical Care

Oklahoma And Other States Use The Schedule To Save Money

Naomi Dillon

Oklahoma has struggled with finding and keeping teachers for years, a problem rooted in deep budget cuts brought on by the 2008 recession and exacerbated by decisions made at the statehouse and the ballot box.

Public Advocacy: No More ‘Game of Phones’

Critical Care

Apps Make Communications Easier During Emergencies

Glenn Cook

Kirsten Zazo knew that students in California’s Alameda Unified School District were planning to stage a walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Florida high school shooting that left 17 dead. As the district’s chief student support officer, she wanted to keep tabs on them for their safety.

So she turned to an app.


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