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By: Molly McGee Hewitt, CEO & Executive Director | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Glasses …

I’ve always appreciated the half-full, half-empty glass analogy. As we all understand, in reality, the glass can be viewed either way. It can also be viewed as refillable!

How we approach our lives, our work and our careers is dependent on our perspective.

By: | Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Sometimes the best learning comes from the most unexpected places.

That was certainly the case for Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness, authors of “The Passion Paradox,” after a visit to see the redwood trees in Felton, California.

By: | Tuesday, July 9, 2019


The word mantra comes from Sanskrit and literally means “mind tool” or instrument of thought, reports Ephrat Livni in “Quartzi.” People have used these tools for thousands of years to quiet thinking, cultivate focus and induce spiritual states.

It turns out you don’t have to be an expert to use them, and there’s scientific proof they work, whether you’re spiritually inclined or not.

By: | Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Stephen J. Dubner of "Freakonomics Radio" says there are a lot of reasons why people have a hard time changing their minds about things — even when flexing their thinking would be helpful. They could be stuck due to selective memory, overconfidence, or the risk of losing family or friends if they change their minds about a certain topic.

But what can be done by leaders who need to change someone’s mind (or their own)? How do you get that done?

By: Courtesy of Brian Taylor, Director of Sales-Public Sector, ForeFront Power | Tuesday, July 9, 2019


Over the last decade, the federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) has helped spur the growth of the solar industry, making solar accessible for millions of public entities (think schools), homeowners and businesses, whether they have tax liability or not.

But time’s running out for schools and others to jump-start their solar procurement process and take advantage of the full savings.


After a brief extension, we’re approaching the first year of the incentive’s scheduled stepdown,  meaning that solar customers need to act fast to maximize savings.

By: | Tuesday, July 9, 2019


It’s a common problem with challenging solutions. As bandwidth needs of schools escalate, districts are faced with the need to pay for new and improved networks. It can feel like a never-ending cycle in the digital age.

By: | Tuesday, July 9, 2019


A new paper from Educational Researcher reports that even when state education agencies ignored or went against feedback from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) in their plans to comply with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the plans still received approval.

According to the researchers, this “blanket approval” represents a shift in federal-state relationships.

By: Joyce Tribbey, Communications Manager | Tuesday, June 25, 2019


The officers and members of the CASBO Board of Directors and Education Advocacy Foundation (EAF) participated in their annual leadership training and board meeting on June 7 and 8, 2019, in Truckee, California. Annually, the group holds a one-day leadership training event prior to the June meeting to participate in a program designed to enhance leadership and communication, as well as review protocols and procedures for board effectiveness.

By: Joyce Tribbey, Communications Manager | Tuesday, June 25, 2019


Last year, more than 82 member leaders joined CASBO staff for the CASBO Executive Leadership Forum (ELF) in Newport Beach, California. The 2018 event brought together a select group that spent time reviewing the state of the association, attending professional development sessions designed to enhance their leadership skills, and participating in networking opportunities.