Magna Awards

Observation Deck

Critical Care

ESSA monitoring can bring benefits to districts

Maribeth Vander Weele

During a state monitoring visit, Toledo Schools Administrator Scott TenEyck saw a program that transformed a school from chaos to purposeful organization and improved graduation rates. So he spread the word —and the college readiness program expanded to more than 20 buildings.

Whole District Fundraising

Critical Care

Development offices help raise money for K-12 districts

Stan Levenson

In these days of tight budgets, it’s imperative that the public schools learn how to bring in outside monies. For years, schools have been relying on modest fundraising approaches like bake sales, candy sales, and car washes. These time-consuming tactics, while helpful in the past, can no longer carry the burden of cash-strapped schools. 

The Face of Hunger

Critical Care

Districts work to solve childhood hunger

Del Stover

If you’re not convinced that hunger is a real problem for your students, visit a school cafeteria on the morning after a long weekend, suggests Lynn Harvey, president of the School Nutrition Association.

Hurricanes Irma, Maria disrupt schools in Florida, Puerto Rico

Michelle Healy

This year’s devastating hurricane season forced thousands of displaced students into new school homes. In response, school districts rolled out the welcome mat and put in protocols to assist the students and their families. 

Lone Star Strong

Critical Care

Texas schools rebuild after Hurricane Harvey blast

Story and photos by Glenn Cook

On a Sunday morning in late August, Vicki Mims took her usual route to the office—in a boat. 

Trending In School Security

Critical Care

Keeping up to keep students safe

Del Stover

Should teachers be equipped with bulletproof whiteboards? Is it time to monitor students’ Facebook and Twitter accounts for posts about bullying, bombs, or guns?

Are you prepared for angry parents to file a million-dollar lawsuit because of your so-called “unsafe” schools?

From Wind River to the Blue Ridge

Diana Clapp, superintendent of the Fremont County School District No. 6 in western Wyoming, wanted to make the library at Wind River High School a more welcoming place for students. For ideas, she turned to NSBA’s Magna Awards.

Clapp, school board member Kristen Benson, along with a team of administrators and two Wind River High School students, traveled 1,500 miles to central Virginia this week. They were there to see a demonstration of how Albemarle County Public Schools’ high school learning commons program worked.

From the Editor: Testing stress

The other day I received an email from my son’s middle school. As spring testing approached, the email said, school officials were noticing signs of stress and test anxiety among the students. To help them deal with this stress, the school was offering to teach relaxation, stress reduction techniques, and mindfulness.

The Future of Testing

Critical Care

The era of high-stakes testing is over, but what comes next?

Del Stover

Say what you will about No Child Left Behind (NCLB), this landmark legislation left its mark—although not always for the best. For all its good intentions, NCLB will be remembered for ushering in an unprecedented era of high-stakes testing—and for saddling public education with a federal mandate on school accountability that had all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

Magna Awards 2017 video debuts

The 2017 Magna Awards video debuted at Sunday’s general session. Learn about the exemplary programs of the grand prize winners, Upper Saint Clair School District, Pittsburgh, Piscataway Township Schools, Piscataway, New Jersey, and Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkeQOAofg4

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