From the Editor

Dacia Rivers, Editorial Director

Dacia Rivers, Editorial Director

Spring cleaning is the go-to activity for many of us this time of year. The weather lends itself to open windows, to organizing and beginning new projects. While many folks make resolutions that kick off on January 1, I personally like to spend the first two months of the year in recovery and hibernation mode, just waiting for a glimpse of spring weather to inspire me to tackle all the things I’ve been dreaming of getting done.

If you’re like me, you’re ready for some inspiration, and in this issue of Texas School Business, we’ve got just the thing you need. Social and emotional learning is a hot topic right now in Texas public schools, and for our cover story, I spoke to a few administrators who are having success incorporating SEL on their campuses. Give it a read if you’re looking for some ideas for how to do so at your schools, or if you’re curious about the results they’re seeing in their students.

We’ve also got a great column from a student in Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD, writing for publication for the very first time. His enthusiasm for his studies is infectious, and serves as a good reminder of the importance Texas’ public schools make in students’ lives.

This year, it’s my hope to feature some impressive Texas educators in the pages of this magazine. If you know of someone who goes above and beyond, somehow who has truly dedicated his or her life to Texas public education, we’d love to honor them in our Spotlight column. Just shoot me a quick note at with their info, and we’ll do the rest.

I hope you all have a wonderful spring. May we all be busy knocking the dust off our boots and tackling our own personal to-do lists during this season of growth and rebirth.