A woman with red hair and wearing a yellow T-shirt looks at the camera next to the words 'moving forward.'



Opening Bell: Foster safe schools

Publisher Renée Joe introduces this issue of ASBJ and its focus on school safety and security.


Leadership Matters: Err on the side of caution

NSBA Executive Director and CEO John Heim emphasizes that working with parents and other community members is key to designing and implementing school safety measures. 

President’s Perspective: Climate counts

Putting policies in place that improve school climate and strengthen relationships will make schools safer places to work and to learn, writes NSBA’s 2022-2023 President Frank Henderson Jr.



Moving Forward: A rural Texas district perseveres despite enduring reminders of a day no one can forget

Following a 2018 school shooting, the school community in Santa Fe, Texas, perseveres, guided by “a genuine desire and conscious effort to heal.”

Planning for Tragedy: Advice for school leaders on fostering safer schools
An excerpt from NSBA’s newly updated Fostering Safer Schools: A Legal Guide for School Board Members on School Safety highlights lessons learned from the tragedy in Uvalde, Texas.

Protecting Your District Online: Crucial questions school board members need to ask about cybersafety

Your school system could be the target of a cyberattack. So could you. There are steps that you can take to reduce those risks.

Models of Instruction: Student-centered learning can help them succeed

Reforming the legacy approach to instruction puts students on a path to uplift themselves.


Book Review: Cultivating Genius

A new framework for literacy education aims to help teachers cultivate the genius within students and within themselves.

Q&A:  School Security expert Kenneth Trump

Don’t ignore training, communications, awareness, and other human factors to keep schools safe, says a veteran safety consultant. 


Urban Advocate


Advancing 'Our Collective Cause': Seattle Public Schools earns the 2022 CUBE Annual Award for Urban School Board Excellence

Washington’s Seattle Public Schools is committed to advancing an equitable and anti-racist learning environment. The district’s efforts are recognized with the 2022 CUBE award.

Enhancing School Safety by Embracing Education as Reparations

For students to reach their full potential, urban education leaders must examine the impact of school funding structures on repairing trauma and environmental harm, writes CUBE Steering Committee Chair Micah Ali.




Communications: Are the Kids OK?

Schools must double down on efforts to communicate about safety actions implemented to protect students and staff.


Research: Quality Education with Limited Resources

Lack of access to resources and profession­al training continues to challenge teachers in rural schools.


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On 1619 and Other School Culture Wars: A case for pluralism, and accuracy


Stakeholder-Driven Strategic Planning to Build Community Consensus and Trust


Pandemic Learning Loss Can Derail a Student for Life — And We All Pay the Price