National Connection Education

National Connection Sessions

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Connecting with Good Board Leadership

Explore current research into school governance and what it suggests for your district.  Discuss how school boards can apply a balanced approach in their work.  Consider the importance of a balanced approach for improving school board and district effectiveness.  Participants will leave with practical ideas they can apply to strengthen the board’s role in student achievement and evaluating the superintendent in ways that monitor the success of the school district.
Presenter: Phil Gore, Texas Association of School Boards & Mark Bonjavanni, Howell Township Public Schools

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Connecting with Actionable Intelligence

Director of the Center for Public Education Patte Barth will discuss research based findings related to the latest developments in education, including implications of ESSA, and will feature two of their newest reports on student outcomes and school choice.  This interactive session will allow for audience questions on a full range of topics, so come prepared to ask questions of this knowledgeable team.
Presenters: Patte Barth, Center for Public Education

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Connecting with Your Concerns

Board service is rewarding, but it is also difficult at times.  Come interact with a panel of experienced board members moderated by American School Board Journal editor, Kathleen Vail.  Ask the burning questions that are keeping you up at night and get perspectives from across the country.  Or, listen in and hear what is on the minds of your colleagues.
Presenters: Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District; Mark, Bonjavanni, Howell Township Public Schools & Terry McCabe, Retired

sunday, April 10th, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Connecting with Effective Board Policy

Our student population continues to change. Policies must be regularly reviewed to identify how they may unintentionally hinder our student’s ability to be successful. Explore the Board’s policy role in eliminating academic and system barriers for students, and gain an understanding of the family/cultural contexts necessary for thoughtful Board policy discussions and the development of responsive and supportive policies.
Presenter: Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District

1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) & More

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law December of 2015 and reauthorizes the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.  Find out how this new law will impact your school district in areas such as local governance, teacher training and professional development, targeted intervention and authorization of federal funding.  Discover how school boards can impact the implementation process to ensure that they receive what is best for their district.  (An extended Q&A session with the presenters will be held in the National Connection room immediately following this session.)
Presenters:  Lucy Gettman, NSBA; Kim Richey, NSBA; Deborah Rigsby, NSBA; Amirah Salaam, NSBA & Michael C. Zola, NSBA

3:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Connecting with Public Engagement

In every community where school board members serve, an effective public engagement process must be in place to address the issues that WILL surface. Too often, the Board is in a reactive rather than proactive position…and in hindsight would have handled things differently. This session will introduce attendees to the Public Engagement Toolkit, which provides a step-by-step approach for any situation where the Board is engaging with its public.
Presenter: Mary Fertakis, Tukwila School District & Mark Bonjavanni, Howell Township Public Schools

Monday, April 11th, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Connecting With a New Way to Think About District Resources: School Budget Hold’em

To increase student achievement, school districts often think, “What else can we do?” But how often do they ask “What can we stop doing?”—not because we lack the money, but because it’s not working? School Budget Hold’em is an interactive exercise that has been used by over 10,000 leaders to think strategically about how to use all of your resources for student success. This session will be of interest to any district, but especially useful for CUBE districts and California districts (We have a special version tailored to LCFF!).
Presenters: Genevieve Green & Renee Sullivan, Educational Resource Strategies

10:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Connecting Academic Outcomes and Resource Allocation: Best Practices in School Budgeting

How do school districts budget in an era of decreased public funding and still fulfill their mission to increase student achievement? GFOA (Government Finance Officers Association) has developed a series of Best Practices in School District Budgeting, which clearly outline steps to developing a budget that best aligns resources with student achievement goals.
Presenter: Matt Bubness, Government Finance Officers Association

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