2013


  • Storm Damage
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285583
    Tornado-struck Moore (Okla.) school district did not have anyone working full-time in public relations. The external communications void post-tornado was filled by reporters, politi...
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  • When Severe Weather Strikes
    Authored By: Valerie Ritterbusch, Brad Huffines, and Robert Goldhammer, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285584
    No place in the U.S. is immune to the threat of severe weather. Weather is an element of managing a school that is completely outside...
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  • Prepare to Defend
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285585
    Addressing school safety doesn’t mean simply responding to the latest horrific shooting. Districts have to put school shootings in perspective and understand where the threats ...
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  • Doing What Needs to Be Done
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285587
    The governance team for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the nation’s 18th largest school system, has been hard at work to close their district’s racial and economic achievement ...
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  • The 12 Rules of Christmas
    Authored By: Sherry Hall Culves, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285588
    What used to be known as the Christmas holiday season has long ago become the secular winter holiday season. These suggestions can help you to stay not only on the right si...
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  • Proven Results
    Authored By: Bobby Moore, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285589
    When leveraged, the practice of limiting goals, establishing important routines, developing a balanced assessment approach, using multiple measures to inform improvement, and empo...
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  • Newsmaker: Michael A. Resnick
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 11/5/2013, Product#: 285590
    When Michael Resnick joined NSBA as a legislative specialist in 1969, Richard Nixon was president. Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. The U.S. Army began pulling troops out of Viet...
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  • How Are Your Teachers and Principals Doing?
    Authored By: Naomi Dillon, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285596
    Just like teachers, principals increasingly are being judged by the academic progress their students make. Part of the difficulty in developing useful evaluation tools for princi...
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  • SROs and You
    Authored By: Seamus Boyce and Amy A. Matthews, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285598
    Bullying prevention, suicide intervention, disaster response – school districts of all sizes and demographics regularly face these issues. Increasingly, schoo...
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  • The Governance Conundrum
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285599
    The governing challenges public school systems face appear uniquely daunting. I can’t imagine being accountable for carrying out a more complex, high-stakes mission than the one gu...
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  • Taking Stock
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285600
    The approaching academic midyear point is a good time to take stock of various aspects of spending. Assess whether your district is on target to meet its financial and acad...
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  • The Last Word December 2013
    Authored By: David Pickler, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285601
    While NSBA’s Delegate Assembly has not yet adopted a “pro” or “con” position on the substance of the Common Core, we can certainly position ourselves as a strong player in the d...
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  • December 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285602
    What would you do if … your community won't support spending on emergency plans?...
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  • December 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 11/6/2013, Product#: 285603
    This month: 'On the Hill' says that by expanding its role without specific legislative authority, the U.S. Dept. of Education has overstepped the constitutional principle of...
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  • October 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 9/30/2013, Product#: 285443
    This month: “On the Hill” says that school boards are best positioned to decide how charter schools should operate, “Talk About It” considers Virginia’s religious exemption la...
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  • It's Easy Being Green
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285431
    How does a school board begin if it’s interested in more energy-efficient and environmentally responsible schools? Perhaps the most important step is to invest in the creation of a...
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  • Committed to Transformation
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285433
    A school district can get a reputation, deserved or not, and that reputation sticks with them – that is, until something big happens to change it. Here is the story of an Illin...
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  • Surviving a Special Ed Battle
    Authored By: Sherry Hall Culves, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285434
    IDEA disputes do not only affect the special education department. A few high-profile special education disputes can do more damage to your school system than you can imagi...
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  • Interim Solutions
    Authored By: Leonard D. Fitts, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285435
    A popular notion is that an interim superintendent is a placeholder. The typical interim school superintendent, so goes the myth, spends a quiet period minding the store unti...
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  • Leading in Interesting Times
    Authored By: Robert Davidovich and John Koehn, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285436
    For education, we are in a time of transition. Take a deep breath. You don’t have to fix things. Schools need to evolve, not be fixed. You don’t have to be th...
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  • One Size Fits No One
    Authored By: Christine Duchouquette, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285437
    Leading practitioners insist that zero-tolerance policies must undergo a serious re-evaluation in light of children’s developmental stages as they age and mature. Keepi...
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  • Turf Wars
    Authored By: Eileen O'Hare-Anderson and Christopher Fallon, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285438
    Schools are in control when it comes to contract and warranty negotiations with artificial turf vendors, despite the preset form documents provi...
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  • Lasting Legacies
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285439
    Created at a time when talking about values in public schools often sparked controversy and even derision, St. Louis’ CHARACTERplus program brought together school leaders, parents,...
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  • Board-Savvy Leaders
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285440
    Behind every truly solid board-superintendent working relationship is a superintendent who is “board-savvy.” Three of the most important characteristics of a “board-savvy” superint...
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  • Ghostbusting
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285441
    Believe it or not, ghosts can haunt school districts all year long. You say you don’t believe in ghosts? Well, ghost employees are real, and their tricks can play havoc wit...
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  • The Last Word October 2013
    Authored By: David PIckler, Date Published: 9/29/2013, Product#: 285442
    Student success should be the core mission for any school board. We cannon focus on a single issue but must be committed to a comprehensive plan that will support all our studen...
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  • September 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285309
    This month: “On the Hill” says that a less-intrusive ESEA bill must be brought to the Senate floor, “Talk About It” considers New York City’s charter school growth, NSBA’s amic...
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  • Going Nowhere
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 8/30/2013, Product#: 285295
    An estimated 5.8 million to 6.7 million young people are not in school or training and are not employed. They need “a second shift of adults” in their lives, people who are inv...
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  • Healing Connections
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 8/30/2013, Product#: 285296
    Nearly five million children suffer from mental illness that interferes with their success. These students need what any disengaged child requires to refocus on learning: a healthy...
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  • A New Vision for Accountability
    Authored By: Linda Darling-Hammond, Date Published: 8/30/2013, Product#: 285297
    Student assessment is becoming a topic of conversation. It is spurring discussions about how and why we test students and what we do with the data from those assessments...
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  • In Loco Parentis
    Authored By: Jessica Sherrill, Date Published: 8/30/2013, Product#: 285299
    Both parents, custodial and noncustodial, have equal access to the student and the student’s educational records unless the court has decided otherwise. In other words, unles...
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  • Moving Forward as One District
    Authored By: Glenn Cook, Date Published: 8/30/2013, Product#: 285300
    It was a big deal when the 2,400-student Central Valley School District won the AAA Championship of the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League in 2010. A very big dea...
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  • Feeding Hungry Children
    Authored By: Kelli J. Windsor and Kumar Chandran, Date Published: 8/30/2013, Product#: 285298
    Students who eat school breakfast do better in school. How do we close the school breakfast gap? It takes rethinking how breakfast is served. Moving breakf...
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  • The Curious Case of Algebra II
    Authored By: Patte Barth, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285304
    How should school leaders decide which math all students need? Researchers still have a lot of work to do to uncover why Algebra II has such predictive power. But none has convinci...
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  • Handling Student Handbooks
    Authored By: Leander A. Dolphin and Anne H. Littlefield, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285305
    The best student handbooks help establish a tone and culture for the school. The key, of course, is to balance the need to provide important informat...
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  • Getting Better Media Coverage
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285306
    The majority of American adults lack the close connections to public schools that having school-aged children brings. Terry Abbott, former chief of staff for former U.S. Secretary of...
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  • Contract Analysis
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285307
    Labor contracts set wage levels and work rules, so naturally these contracts have a significant impact on district budgets. Side agreements that limit class size, require ex...
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  • The Last Word September 2013
    Authored By: Thomas J. Gentzel, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285308
    We would be well advised to hold on to at least one fundamental principle: Schools should exist in every community. Education is not simply a commodity. Public schools are a ...
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  • September 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 9/2/2013, Product#: 285302
    What would you do if … your community did not understand your role?...
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  • July/August 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285189
    This month: “On the Hill” says that ESEA is on the move, “Talk About It” considers Chicago Public Schools closings and high-tech jobs for those on the autism spectrum, NSBA as...
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  • Vo-Tech 2.0
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 7/29/2013, Product#: 285173
    Across the nation, districts are working to reinvent vocational education and occupational training opportunities. These programs are taking vo-tech into the 21st century, with an ...
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  • An Epidemic of Cheating
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 7/29/2013, Product#: 285174
    Allegations of teachers or administrators manipulating standardized tests have surfaced in Detroit, Philadelphia, Boston, East St. Louis, Ill., Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C...
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  • Playing for Keeps
    Authored By: Heather Olsen and Nicholas J. Pace, Date Published: 7/29/2013, Product#: 285179
    There is no known research suggesting that elimination or reduction of recess supports improved student learning or improves student behavior. Recess, we kn...
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  • Plan for Safety
    Authored By: Shamus P. O'Meara, Date Published: 7/29/2013, Product#: 285180
    Working together, schools and community partners can focus their emergency planning using time-tested national guidance, including efforts to build a positive school climat...
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  • 7 Practices of Highly Effective Board Members
    Authored By: Kathryn Blumsack and Terry McCabe, Date Published: 7/29/2013, Product#: 285177
    Congratulations! You’re now a member of the Board of Education. We want you to be the most effective possible advocate for your community’s educational visio...
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  • 4 Questions for School Boards
    Authored By: Linda J. Dawson and Randy Quinn, Date Published: 7/29/2013, Product#: 285178
    Does your board find itself so caught up with day-to-day issues that you can’t see beyond the current crisis? That’s precisely when you should stop the machine...
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  • The Core of Professional Development
    Authored By: Allison Gulamhussein, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285190
    In conceiving of how to address the demands of the Common Core, districts need to recognize that meeting reform imperatives demands new teacher learning. In order for sch...
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  • Rules of the Game
    Authored By: Amy Kosanovich Dickerson, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285191
    As administrators get ready to begin a new school year, school athletic fields will be buzzing with junior varsity tryouts and practices for the fall athletic season....
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  • Promoting Public Education
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285192
    Public school officials rank among the most trusted sources for news and information about public education. Despite gloomy reports about failing public schools, unwieldy bureaucrac...
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  • The Board Chair's Role
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285193
    Experience has taught me that many, if not most, school board chairs don’t come close to realizing the tremendous leadership potential of the position. There are three keys to play...
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  • Accountability Made Easy
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285194
    Historically, the accounts payable function has been a prime target for thieves both within and outside organizations. School districts are no exception. Unscrupulous and k...
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  • The Last Word July/August 2013
    Authored By: David Pickler, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285183
    We need your help. As school board members, you are influential community leaders. We must lead the conversation about public education and school board governance and fight for...
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  • July/August 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 7/30/2013, Product#: 285188
    What would you do if … some board members objected to playground renovations?...
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  • June 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285007
    This month: “On the Hill” says the proposed Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act (H.R. 1386) is attracting Congressional co-sponsors, “Talk About It” considers ch...
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  • Going the Extra Mile
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 284999
    Teach the students, not the curriculum. That’s a maxim that great teachers – and great schools and school districts – live by. It means that, if the material is not getting thr...
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  • Self-fulfilling Prophecy
    Authored By: David Moscinski, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285000
    What is the key to unity on the school board? What is the magical component that promotes unity? The key to board unity is that, once members have aired their differences, the...
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  • Wired for Success
    Authored By: William Sprankles, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285001
    Technology is one of the most valuable tools in my toolkit as a principal. Students use technology all the time to keep up with friends, find things to do, and look for new ...
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  • Rules for Helping
    Authored By: Andrea Celico, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285002
    As a principal, I hoped I could help others embrace the changes in our community and in our classrooms. Administrators who find themselves in a similar situation should: Create ...
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  • Meeting Tough Challenges
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285003
    The Southfield Public Schools cannot boast of impressive test scores; many of the district’s students are struggling academically. Yet, this Michigan school system is a success sto...
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  • Disconnected Youth
    Authored By: Naomi Dillon, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285004
    Disconnected youth are generally recognized as those between the ages of 16 and 24 who don’t have a job, aren’t in school, and lack a strong support system. In other words, they ...
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  • Polling the Public
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285006
    Once public opinion gels around a particular idea, position, value, or belief, it is notoriously difficult – but not impossible – to change it. Start your public opinion change proc...
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  • Stand and Deliver
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285008
    The two pre-eminent governing streams in every organization, including school districts, are planning and performance monitoring. These are the bread-and-butter governance function...
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  • Control Environment
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285009
    One of the most important attributes of a well-run school district is the control environment – the attitude, awareness, and actions of the administrative team and governin...
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  • The Last Word June 2013
    Authored By: Thomas J. Gentzel, Date Published: 5/22/2013, Product#: 285010
    Some proponents of the school choice agenda are sincere in their belief that competition will help all schools to be better. Unfortunately, those people are not driving this...
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  • June 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 5/23/2013, Product#: 285013
    What would you do if … a community advisory board misunderstood its role?...
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  • May 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284845
    This month: “On the Hill” says the proposed Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act (H.R. 1386) would ensure that the benefits of local school board governance are s...
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  • Whose Schools Are They?
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284831
    Not so long ago, people who devoted much if not all of their professional lives to public education could simply concentrate on the critical work before them. They knew the pub...
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  • Lowering Unemployment Costs
    Authored By: Jessica Sherrill, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284832
    Employees pay a tax for unemployment. (Wrong!) When you file for unemployment, you are entitled to it after working for so many years. (Wrong!) Employers just pay some of it,...
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  • Stability, Yes. Status Quo, No
    Authored By: Glenn Cook, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284833
    The leadership of Tennessee’s Hamblen County School District is experienced and stable. But that stability and experience doesn’t mean the district’s leadership team is satisfied w...
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  • Making Change Work
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284834
    School leaders in Illinois’ Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69 knew they had to make some major changes in how they did business. After lengthy talks with their teachers union,...
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  • Time to Do It Right
    Authored By: Jim Hull, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284835
    Rushing to create a new teacher evaluation system won’t do anyone any good, especially students. It’s important to create a teacher evaluation system that accurately identifies those...
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  • From Notebooks to Netbooks
    Authored By: Sarah Motley Stone, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284840
    With the ever-increasing focus on technology in education and limited district resources to purchase technology, more and more backpacks contain personal electronic devices...
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  • Rebuilding Trust
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284841
    Finding time to invest in relationship-building activities is challenging for school board members, superintendents, district leaders, and principals. Do it anyway. In bad times, le...
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  • Community Connections
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284842
    Normally, you want your board to focus on governing rather than on doing. However, I recommend that you make an exception in the stakeholder relations arena and engage your board a...
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  • Let's Be Careful Out There
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284843
    Just as police officers regularly confront danger, school districts face threats to their educational and financial missions. To protect district resources, board members m...
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  • Technology Is a Team Sport
    Authored By: Ann Lee Flynn, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284844
    Ask any of the individuals recently named as a “20 to Watch” educator for NSBA’s 2012-13 recognition program, and they will all talk about their accomplishments in the context o...
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  • The Last Word May 2013
    Authored By: C. Ed Massey, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284839
    If we are going to educate our children in our changing world, we must engage in adaptive leadership. Stay the course, continue the fight, adapt to change, and always remember th...
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  • May 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 4/30/2013, Product#: 284837
    What would you do if … you wanted to change your district's reputation?...
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  • April 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 3/29/2013, Product#: 284618
    This month: “On the Hill” says that boards must be prepared with facts to counter the charges that schools are not performing, “Talk About It” considers discipline and charter...
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  • Hidden Inequities
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 3/28/2013, Product#: 284606
    What do you say to complaints that capital spending over the past decade has put modern, well-equipped schools in affluent suburbs, while inner-city neighborhoods make do with agin...
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  • Disrupting the Status Quo
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 3/28/2013, Product#: 284607
    Courageously confronting social justice concerns without the backing of a sophisticated communications plan and a well-informed and ready-to-mobilize coalition is a bit like David t...
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  • Agents of Change: Milford Public Schools
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 3/28/2013, Product#: 284609
    Sometimes leadership is about forging ahead, based on your own knowledge and expertise. But other times – and often in the case of school boards – it has to do with supporting ...
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  • Is the Honeymoon Over for Common Core?
    Authored By: Patte Barth, Date Published: 3/28/2013, Product#: 284611
    It probably was inevitable that closer examination would reveal some previously unnoticed imperfections. But for school boards and their communities, it’s hard to know whether the...
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  • Strength in Numbers
    Authored By: Chris Thomas, Date Published: 3/28/2013, Product#: 284612
    It is a truism of ranchers everywhere that the safest place for cattle to be is in the middle of the herd. School boards can learn a lesson from this analogy. When it comes to is...
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  • Where Does Your CTO Sit?
    Authored By: Ann Lee Flynn, Date Published: 3/29/2013, Product#: 284616
    With the right CTO, a district can identify solutions that will help it experience the disruptive success of Amazon by using technology to do things differently. Identifying the...
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  • Limited-Time Offer
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 3/29/2013, Product#: 284614
    If your district is looking to save big money, consider refinancing. Interest rates are at historic lows, but these conditions are not expected to last much longer. To bene...
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  • The Last Word April 2013
    Authored By: Thomas J. Gentzel, Date Published: 3/29/2013, Product#: 284617
    How “sequestration” came to be used to describe automatic budget cuts remains a mystery to me, but I am convinced it is serving a very useful purpose for some people. Such a...
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  • April 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 3/29/2013, Product#: 284624
    What would you do if … a board member wanted to sell advertising for a stadium?...
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  • March 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284480
    This month: “On the Hill” outlines a school board agenda for the 113th Congress, and a Q&A with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson -- the man who stripped Pluto of planet stat...
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  • Test Track
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 2/26/2013, Product#: 284469
    The goal of the Common Core assessments, as with the curricula itself, is to devise a richer, more thoughtful approach to K-12 learning, one that is – in the words of the Commo...
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  • The Deal with Data
    Authored By: Todd D. Mora, Jackie Wahl, and Richard B. Hathaway, Date Published: 2/26/2013, Product#: 284470
    Until the mid-1990s, Michigan’s Comstock Public Schools was considered one of the premier districts in Kalamazoo County. Then the automobile...
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  • Getting Virtual Learning Right
    Authored By: Ann Flynn, Date Published: 2/26/2013, Product#: 284471
    From institutions of higher education to corporate training and the military, online learning has taken root. The most important lifelong skills to be gained from an online learning...
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  • Agents of Change: Balsz Elementary School District
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 2/26/2013, Product#: 284472
    After years of lagging academic performance within their district, the leaders of Arizona’s Balsz Elementary School District searched for a way to turn things around. In 2009, they...
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  • Time After Time
    Authored By: Naomi Dillon, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284476
    While the amount of time teachers and students spend in school – a six-and-a-half-hour, 180-day academic calendar -- has remained remarkably constant over the past several decade...
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  • A Wider Lens
    Authored By: Steve Gill and Ushani Nanayakkara, Date Published: 2/26/2013, Product#: 284473
    Educational staff and districts have unwittingly developed systems in which some minority students are consistently overrepresented and others underrepresent...
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  • Why Do Superintendents Leave?
    Authored By: Brian A. Sheehan, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284474
    The demanding nature of their jobs, an aging superintendent population, and relationships with school board members all lead superintendents to leave. School boards can make ...
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  • High-Tech Storytelling
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284477
    Storytelling is different in the digital age. With smartphones, flip video cameras, and inexpensive software, it’s easier than ever to create compelling new stories and slide shows....
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  • We Love Trash
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284478
    An often-overlooked opportunity can benefit both sides of the balance sheet, increasing revenue while reducing expenses. What is this opportunity? Recycling. A comprehensiv...
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  • The Last Word March 2013
    Authored By: C. Ed Massey, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284479
    After Newtown, the safety of schools was called into question. My experience has been – and I am convinced – that schools are still safe. More than 50 million children are in sch...
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  • March 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 2/27/2013, Product#: 284481
    What would you do if … teachers wanted different types of professional development?...
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  • February 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284284
    This month: “Safe from Harm” points out that school shootings rarely occur and that schools are safer than you might think. Plus, the Connecticut Association of Boards of Educ...
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  • The Tablet Revolution
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284272
    The popularity of tablets comes as no surprise to school technology advocates. Several factors have converged to make tablets attractive. Prices have fallen; funds previously r...
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  • Mission Critical
    Authored By: Nicholas Shipley, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284273
    E-rate started as an effort to provide discounts for schools and libraries to acquire affordable telecommunication service and Internet access. Demand for program funds has s...
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  • Innovation Renaissance
    Authored By: Ann Lee Flynn, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284274
    In K-12 education, the biggest wins have been in districts that create a culture that nurtures and supports new tools and ideas, maintain a keen focus on the educational challen...
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  • Agents of Change: Warsaw Community Schools
    Authored By: Glenn Cook, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284275
    The Warsaw Community school board faced some major hurdles. In 2011, the Warsaw Community Schools received an overall grade of C in the state accountability system, with several el...
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  • Getting Back to the Top
    Authored By: Jim Hull, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284276
    President Obama has made it a priority for the U.S. to lead the world in college attainment by the year 2020. Improving two-year degree completion will help put the U.S. back to the ...
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  • Tinker and Online Student Speech
    Authored By: Sonja Trainor, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284278
    As school officials encounter student speech that is or may be disruptive to the educational environment, they are learning (sometimes the hard way) just how far the Tinker stan...
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  • Beyond the Basics
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284280
    High-impact school boards recognize the need to invest in ongoing development of their governing knowledge and skills...
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  • Everybody Knows
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284281
    Does your district have a system that encourages reporting unethical or illegal behavior and protects the informants? Let’s explore how employee education, anonymous tip ho...
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  • The Last Word February 2013
    Authored By: Thomas J. Gentzel, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284282
    NSBA is preparing for changes in Washington. But the biggest change you may see will come from within NSBA. As part of what we’re calling the “New NSBA,” we are going to sig...
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  • February 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 1/29/2013, Product#: 284283
    What would you do if … the board disagreed with a superintendent's purchasing recommendation?...
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  • January 2013 School Board News
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283986
    This month: “On the Hill” points out that cutting education is the wrong choice in a tough budget climate. “NSBA Roundup” covers Learning by Design, Ariz.’s “empowerment scho...
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  • Common Core Backlash
    Authored By: Lawrence Hardy, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283974
    “Fewer. Higher. Clearer.” Those are the types of academic standards the Common Core State Standards Initiative has promised. Finally, the U.S. will have, if not a national cur...
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  • Agents of Change
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283976
    When officials in Missoula, Mont., realized that nearly one in five students failed to graduate from high school on time, instead of assigning blame, they tackled the problem by c...
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  • Dry Spell
    Authored By: Del Stover, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283978
    The drought of 2012 has inflicted untold damage on crops and communities. Districts, already grappling with upgraded federal standards for school meals, are bracing for the drough...
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  • The Power of Math
    Authored By: Patte Barth, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283979
    Young children’s math abilities are far more predictive of their academic achievement throughout their school years than their social or emotional behaviors, neither of which, it...
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  • Religion in the Cafeteria
    Authored By: Shamus P. O'Meara and M. Annie Santos, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283980
    With the diversity of religious diet requirements, and potential for legal challenges to school action in this area, it is important for school distric...
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  • Battling Hunger
    Authored By: Nora Carr, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283981
    Swept into children’s lives along with a rising tide of poverty that shows no signs of receding, hunger is haunting America’s classrooms. Linked to weakened immune systems, cogniti...
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  • Large-Scale Innovation
    Authored By: Doug Eadie, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283982
    Significant change is possible in even the largest, most complex organizations. The key is collaboration combined with meticulous leadership and management and the commitment of s...
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  • A Shell Game
    Authored By: Charles K. Trainor, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283983
    The shell game has not disappeared. Instead of nutshells, scammers use companies. Rather than a pea, companies hide their true ownership and function. Don’t hesitate to as...
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  • The Last Word January 2013
    Authored By: C. Ed Massey, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283985
    What school leaders can learn from NASCAR...
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  • January 2013 Adviser
    Authored By: Editorial Staff, Date Published: 12/27/2012, Product#: 283987
    What would you do if … your students wouldn't eat healthy school lunches?...
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  • The Last Word January 2012
    Authored By: Mary Broderick, Date Published: 1/3/2012, Product#: 281599
    William Butler Yeats often is credited with saying, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” The lack of growth in the nation’s NAEP results over th...
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