Magna Awards

What Should Your Graduates Know?

Districts are making sure students are equipped with the tools and knowledge for success

Michelle Healy

Sturdy backpacks stocked with school supplies are synonymous with the start of a new school year. In Kentucky’s Jefferson County Public Schools, that backpack theme is being used to usher in a new initiative aimed at increasing learning and equipping students for success in college, careers, and citizenship in the 21st century.

The Times We live In

Jim Caldwell, Executive VP, Unequal

The Real Costs of Deferred Maintenance

With limited funds and competing demands, district leaders are challenged with financially meeting the day-to-day operational needs of schools while balancing the need to make costly facility maintenance repairs and replacements. To keep overall operational costs in check some schools find themselves in scenarios where maintenance and operations (M&O), system upgrades, and/or repairs get deferred to a future budget cycle or postponed until funding becomes available (known as Deferred Maintenance).  

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​


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