School & District Management Video

How This Superintendent Overhauled Literacy Instruction

By Elizabeth Heubeck & Lauren Santucci — September 29, 2023 3:16
Two elementary students read together on a bench at UCLA on Jan. 21, 2020 in Los Angeles.

In July of 2021, Robert “Robby” Asberry took over as the new superintendent of Hancock County Schools, a small district in Hawesville, Kentucky. Driven by the negative academic effects of the pandemic on students and his own son’s struggles with reading, Asberry made overhauling the district’s literacy instruction one of his first priorities. Here’s what happened next.

Elizabeth Heubeck is a staff writer for Education Week.
Lauren Santucci is a video producer for Education Week.

Video

Recruitment & Retention Video This District Was Struggling to Find Teachers—So It Started Recruiting Abroad
By recruiting international teachers, this Texas district was able to address some of the staffing needs in their growing district.
3:44
Special Education Video How This State Is Creating an Inclusive Experience for Special Education Students
This state is working to keep special education students in the classroom, learning alongside their peers. Here's how.
2:31
School Climate & Safety Video Should Teachers Carry Guns? How Two Principals Answer This Question
One has two armed school employees. The other thinks arming teachers is a bad idea.
4 min read
People hold signs in the gallery against a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed in schools during a legislative session in the House chamber on April 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn.
People hold signs in the gallery against a bill that would allow some teachers to be armed in schools during a legislative session in the House chamber on April 23, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn.
George Walker IV/AP
School & District Management Q&A Why This K-12 Leader Was 'Incredulous' When Congress Asked Him to Testify
New York City schools Chancellor David Banks' blunt take on appearing before Congress and leading schools in divisive times.
7 min read
New York City Department of Education Chancellor David Banks speaks at a press briefing at City Hall in New York City.
New York City Department of Education Chancellor David Banks speaks at a press briefing at City Hall in New York City.
Michael Brochstein/Sipa via AP