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School safety and security is a complex topic with many layers and facets. One issue that school board members encounter is how to help students exposed to trauma outside of school. This issue’s cover story, “Saginaw United,” looks at how the Michigan school district supports students facing the trickle-down effect of community violence. Also in this issue: artificial intelligence and school security, becoming a strategic school safety leader, and the needs of students with disabilities during emergencies.
At NSBA, our National American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) Council of School Board Members promotes quality education for all students with emphasis on the challenges and successes of the American Indian and Alaska Native student. Watch Stephanie Thompson, president of the Farmington Municipal Schools School Board in New Mexico, and Western Regional Director of the AIAN Council, discuss her educational and career journey from high school student to school board president and advocate for students.
Despite the diverse nature of the education system across the country, student achievement has become an accountability indicator of local school boards linked to effective governance. The Center for Public Education (CPE) compiled this report on current challenges that school boards face and potential solutions to improve educational leadership.
School board members must be servant leaders to the students and the community. The ABCs that help guide their work may need to stand for Attitude, Balance, and Compassion.
Teacher and staffing shortages, especially in small and rural districts, are not a new phenomenon in Colorado or the rest of the nation. But the problem has been exacerbated by growing vacancies in suburban and urban districts and a steady decline in the number of students enrolling in teacher education programs nationwide.
As you and your communities struggle to come to terms with school shootings and related school violence the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has put together a comprehensive list of resources.