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From the Editor: Two years after

ASBJ Editor-in-Chief Kathleen Vail provides an overview of this month's issue. 

Leadership Matters: Challenges we all share

NSBA Executive Director and CEO John Heim emphasizes NSBA’s focus on the common challenges shared by all school boards.

President’s Perspective: We are unstoppable

NSBA 2022-23 President Frank Henderson sees strength in unifying around issues that directly impact children’s education.


Vital Connections: Lack of internet access hits rural schools and communities

In communities like Anadarko, Oklahoma, the lack of broadband infrastructure has only exacerbated long-standing issues faced by Native American students in rural communities.

Mental Health to the Forefront

Oklahoma students open up about their mental-wellness challenges

Funding for Broadband: Tips for getting the most out of federal connectivity aid

A roundup of federal broadband funding targeting the homework gap.

Homework Gap Insights: Kajeet’s Homework Gap Grant applications reveal recent trends

Accurately determining connectivity needs, tracking progress, ensuring mobile connectivity options, and accessing funding sources are among high priorities cited by schools and districts working to close education's digital divide.

The Penguin Project: Inclusive theater program creates a sense of belonging

A 2022 Magna Award Silver Prize winner excels with a program that puts special needs students center stage.

Newsmaker: The inclusion of Asian American studies in schools becomes a reality

As violence against Asian Americans grows, the need for schools to provide an accurate, representative, and inclusive account of the Asian American community becomes more important than ever.

Book review: Permission to Feel

By learning to “identify, express, and harness our feelings, even the most challenging ones, we can use those emotions to help us create positive, satisfying lives,” says Marc Brackett's best-selling book, Permission to Feel.

Q&A: Daymond John, the ‘People’s Shark,’ on education lessons learned

ABC’s “Shark Tank investor and NSBA Annual Conference keynote speaker Daymond John recalls the importance of a high school 'co-op'  program and teachers who showed patience and support.


True Civil Discourse: Former school board and parent leader reflects on the challenges and benefits of engagement

The heightened politicization of education has been unfortunate for everyone, says Marques Ivey, a County Court judge who previously served as a local school board member and as a National PTA leader. 

Industry 4.0: Help prepare students for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Current high school curricula lag behind the technological advances of the newest industrial revolution and its need for workers prepared to work with higher levels of automation, intelligent systems, and big data.

Engaging Children with an Open Heart: Time to challenge conventional norms to help students

Equity reform requires innovation as well as a back-to-basics understanding of what humans need to become the best versions of themselves.

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Unfinished Learning

Boardsmanship and Student Achievement