2017 Annual Conference

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2017-2018

Alexandria, Va. (March 28, 2017) — The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts, elected new leaders and directors at its recent annual meeting in Denver, Colorado. COSA supports school attorneys and provides leadership in legal advocacy for public schools; its 22-member Board of Directors oversees its continuing legal education programming and working groups for its more than 3,000 members across the United States and Canada.

Student innovation challenge results

NSBA’s Annual Conference is always teeming with activity and energy, but for the last three years, a special burst of youthful exuberance has come courtesy of the DLR Group Student Innovation Challenge. 

The lively and demanding applied learning competition was created to showcase how students can engage in active learning and collaborative teamwork while addressing real-world problems creatively, said Pam Loeffelman, an education planning and design expert with DLR Group, an integrated design firm.

Monday video highlights

NSBA announces 2017-18 board leadership

School board leader Kevin E. Ciak of New Jersey’s Sayreville Public Schools was elected as the 70th president of the National School Boards Association at its Annual Conference in Denver.

Frank C. Pugh of California’s Santa Rosa City Schools District was elected president-elect, and Beth Branham of South Carolina’s Lexington School District Two was elected secretary-treasurer by NSBA’s 150-member Delegate Assembly on March 25. Miranda A. Beard of Mississippi’s Laurel School District, who served as NSBA’s 2016-17 president, will now serve as immediate past-president.

Topeka superintendent tells how to close achievement gaps

To casual observers, Dr. Tiffany Anderson is that “boots on the ground” superintendent who wears white sneakers wherever she goes – school visits, board meetings, even as a specially invited guest walking the red carpet at February’s Academy Awards.

But to close followers of the education landscape, Anderson is equally as well known, and admired, for her success at improving achievement and closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged and marginalized students in rural, urban, and suburban public school districts. 

NSBA's new president delivers inaugural message

New NSBA president Kevin E. Ciak urged attendees at NSBA’s 77th Annual Conference in Denver to be inspired by the opportunity and promise of the Class of 2030 – those students who will enter kindergarten in the fall of 2017. Ciak spoke at Monday’s General Session.

Wes Moore: There is potential in every student

Wes Moore was 11 years old when he first felt handcuffs on his wrists. But he ended up a Rhodes Scholar, a White House Fellow, a TV show host … and, on Monday, the keynote speaker at the final General Session of NSBA’s Annual Conference.

Moore’s story is well-known in public schools. His book, “The Other Wes Moore,” has been used across the country as an all-school read. In the book, he compares his path in life to that of another man – also named Wes Moore – who came from the same neighborhood and also had early scrapes with the law. The other Wes Moore is a convicted murderer.

NSBA Announces 2017-2018 President Kevin Ciak and New Board Leadership

Alexandria, Va. (March 27, 2017) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) today announces its president and board leadership for 2017-18:  Kevin E. Ciak of New Jersey’s Sayreville Public Schools, President; Frank C. Pugh of California’s Santa Rosa City Schools District, President-elect; Beth Branham of South Carolina’s Lexington School District Two, Secretary-Treasurer. Miranda A. Beard of Mississippi’s Laurel School District will now serve as Immediate Past-President.

Pemberton: What happens when you take a chance

If Steve Pemberton’s life story weren’t real – and documented in his autobiography – you’d insist it were the work of a Hollywood writer.

But the inspiring, uplifting, and at times maddeningly horrific true story is a testament to the power of determination, advocacy, and the love of reading and education.

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