How to Avoid Operational Distractions

If your board is trapped in the operational weeds, you're not providing the leadership your district needs.


Time Management for Board Members

Most school board members are juggling ever-increasing board duties with their personal and professional lives


Mentoring New Administrators

Mentoring new administrators is just as important as mentoring new teachers, but formal programs for new school leaders are few and far between


July Digital Edition

Flip through our latest issue.



  • What's On Our List?

    Dive into magic with our annual collection of factoids, tidbits, and bite-sized information


  • School Board News

    July 2011 Up Front

    News, views, and trends you should watch.

  • Your Turn

    July 2011 Your Turn

    Your chance to tell us what you think

  • Research

    Define Your Mission

    Mission statements can provide passion and purpose to districts and be a guiding force in school reform, but too often they are hidden away in drawers and policy manuals

  • School Law

    Is Justice Colorblind?

    Myriad social and legal challenges related to race and ethnicity exist in our schools, and school leaders should strive to be kind and fair in dealing with these issues

  • Communications

    Dealing With Education Activists

    Media-savvy anti-education activist groups are emerging from the fringe

  • Leadership

    More Than Test Scores

    If school officials remain fixated on test scores as the ultimate measure of accountability, they will miss the big picture of what schools can accomplish

  • Money

    Asking the Right Questions

    Being responsible stewards of your district's resources requires you to develop an inquiring mind

  • Governance

    The Value of Volunteers

    Volunteers have a lot to offer, but make sure to take a systemic approach when involving them in district work or you risk creating community critics

  • Learn More

    July 2011 Reports

    From civics test results to the future of youth