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  • 10 tips for onboarding new trustees

    10 tips for onboarding new trustees

    Use this advice to smooth the transition after the midterm elections.

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  • Suicide on campus: How schools are dealing with the crisis

    Suicide on campus: How schools are dealing with the crisis

    The newest student suicide cluster is no doubt sending administrators statewide into a thoughtful review process of their mental health student services and crisis intervention teams.

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  • From Growth Mindset to Sense of Belonging

    From Growth Mindset to Sense of Belonging

    In this guide, you’ll learn how district and school leaders in California and beyond are measuring and improving students' SEL skills to improve academic outcomes.

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  • District Payroll Checklist Regarding Agency Fee Elimination

    District Payroll Checklist Regarding Agency Fee Elimination

    District payroll checklist regarding agency fee elimination.

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  • Parent-Child Border Separations: Supports to Invoke Humanitarianism

    Parent-Child Border Separations: Supports to Invoke Humanitarianism

    An estimated 2,000 undocumented immigrant children have been separated from their families along the southwest United States border and placed in facilities that have been described as “cages."

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  • Campaign Dos and Don'ts

    Campaign Dos and Don'ts

    Generally, the governing board of a school district is empowered to provide voters relevant facts and to aid them in reaching an informed decision when voting on a political issue.

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  • Public Records Act Does Not Require Creation of Generalized Electronic Data

    Public Records Act Does Not Require Creation of Generalized Electronic Data

    A California appellate court has ruled that public agencies are not required to provide anonymized data in response to California Public Records Act (CPRA) requests.

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  • Records Requesters May Recover Attorney Fees in Reverse-CPRA Actions

    Records Requesters May Recover Attorney Fees in Reverse-CPRA Actions

    California appellate courts have handed down a pair of decisions holding that private parties who sue to pay the requester's attorney fees if they lose.

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  • Public Records Act Overview by Lozano Smith

    Public Records Act Overview by Lozano Smith

    The term “public records” includes any writing relating to the public’s business if it is prepared, owned, used, or retained by any state or local agency.

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  • Episode 3: Developing Law on Social Media Accounts of Government Officials

    Episode 3: Developing Law on Social Media Accounts of Government Officials

    Last year, the United States Supreme Court identified social media as “perhaps the most powerful mechanism available” today to make a person’s voice heard.

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  • Episode 2: Inclusivity Matters

    Episode 2: Inclusivity Matters

    The rise of social justice movements in recent years have led public entities to carefully re-consider their policies, practices, and programs.

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  • First Amendment Issues Impacting Schools: Walk-outs, social media and kneeling

    First Amendment Issues Impacting Schools: Walk-outs, social media and kneeling

    Schools are tasked with making decisions impacting student and staff First Amendment rights every year, often around issues and types of speech that the courts have yet to consider.

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  • The number one factor in student success? Relationships with teachers

    The number one factor in student success? Relationships with teachers

    The one factor that surfaced as the single most influential component of an effective school is the individual teachers within that school.

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  • Agents of change: Successfully building relationships and managing change creates a positive learning space

    Agents of change: Successfully building relationships and managing change creates a positive learning space

    Successfully building relationships and managing change creates a positive learning space.

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  • The FBI and Secret Service's new guidance on school violence and active shooters

    The FBI and Secret Service's new guidance on school violence and active shooters

    The organizations have released two important documents that offer insight into pre-attack behavior of shooters and advice to help prevent targeted school violence through the use of threat assessment

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  • A team approach to hiring teachers

    A team approach to hiring teachers

    Finding—and keeping—the best teachers is one of a principal’s top responsibilities. Establishing methods to maximize the hiring process will help you find the best fit.

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  • Trends in Community Engagement

    Trends in Community Engagement

    Research to facilitate discussion and new ideas on how to best leverage a school or district’s assets to ensure that both the school and the home are working together to improve student success.

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  • Ninth Circuit affirms legislative prayer exception does not apply to school board meetings

    Ninth Circuit affirms legislative prayer exception does not apply to school board meetings

    The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal district court ruling that school-sponsored prayer, Bible readings and proselytizing at school board meetings are unconstitutional.

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  • Principals: Build school culture through teacher leadership

    Principals: Build school culture through teacher leadership

    Principals serve as lead culture builders who design school communities through effective forms of teacher leadership.

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  • 10 tips to know before signing a superintendent contract

    10 tips to know before signing a superintendent contract

    We asked our experts to list the 10 most important tips to strongly consider before signing a contract.

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