Pre-Conference Workshops

FRIDAY, APRIL 6 

All pre-conference workshops are ticketed events. They are open to all conference registrants, and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Morning Workshop Sessions | 9:00 AM  - 12: 00 PM

No. 1: Building a Rock-Solid School Board-Superintendent Partnership

Take a close look at the key elements involved in building the kind of rock-solid board-superintendent governing partnership that today’s challenging times demand.  Participants will examine practical, thoroughly tested guidance on building and maintaining a close, productive, and enduring board-superintendent partnership as well as clarifying the role of the superintendent in supporting the board and in developing the board’s governing capacity.  Participating as Board-Superintendent Leadership Team or Board President/Chair-Superintendent Team is strongly suggested!
Presenter: Doug Eadie, President & CEO, Doug Eadie & Company, Inc

No. 2: Educational Equity 101: Assuring Success for All

The promise of public education holds that all children – regardless of family circumstances –  can be placed on an equal footing to pursue their goals for college, careers and citizenship. Yet despite significant improvements, our efforts to provide an equal education to all still fall short of meeting that promise.  In this workshop, participants will explore how an “equal” education may be an insufficient goal. Rather public schools can be more effective working toward a view of “equity” which recognizes that some children may need more resources and support in order to become college- and career-ready graduates. Participants will learn where they can focus their efforts to improve equity in their school districts, and leave with tools to engage their communities in this challenging but vitally important work.  
Presenters: Patte Barth, Director, Center for Public Education and Verjeana Jacobs, NSBA Equity Consultant

No. 3: Follow the Blueprint for a More Successful Planning Process and Better Long-Term Results

From readiness to celebration, the session will walk through a 9-step blueprint for selecting strategies and monitoring metrics while creating high levels of staff and community involvement. Participants will focus on inspiring greater buy-in and will leave with a readiness checklist, sample planning calendar, school culture questionnaire, values identification tool, sample logic model, sample community asset map, and enhanced engagement techniques.
Presenter: Steve Lamb, Leadership and Governance Consultant

No. 4: Great Governing Coffeehouse for Board Members 

Launch the conference and your day connecting with fellow board members, engaging in lively tabletop conversations, designing elements of great governing, and leaving with one-page tools advancing personal/team effectiveness.
Presenter:  Randy Black, Director of Member Relations, Colorado Association of School Boards

No. 5: High-Performing Governance Teams: Strategies to Reach the Next Level

High-performing school districts are led by school boards and superintendents that value and practice continuous improvement, align their work, and hold themselves accountable for improving student achievement.    The core work of governance teams includes a major focus in the areas of strategic improvement planning, superintendent evaluation and board self-assessment.  Is this work in your school district aligned?  Do they demonstrate transparency with your community?  And, is your school district accountable to the students they serve?
Presenters: Tony Arasi, Director of Board Development and Mark Willis, Assistant Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association

No. 6: Hot Technologies

How are you keeping up with the technological advancements that impact your job and career? Do you find that you’re barely able to keep pace with the latest technological developments? Join James Spellos in this fun, fast-paced session as he reviews what’s new and innovative in technology that will impact how we work, teach, and learn.  You’ll understand how to manage the flow of information using social curation tools and social media, and you’ll leave with important insights on the latest trends, such as virtual and augmented reality. (Session is limited to first 50 participants)
Presenter: James Spellos, President, Meeting U

No. 7: Innovative Teaching and Learning with iPad 

iPad is changing the learning experience, making it more personal, engaging, and mobile. Explore a variety of digital content, including education apps, interactive iBooks Textbooks, and free learning resources on iTunes U. Experience powerful content-creation tools that provide students with deeper, more meaningful ways to apply their learning. See how simple it is to deliver lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected with students with iTunes U courses. Join us to discover how iPad and digital content are revolutionizing the classroom. (Session is limited to 20 participants)

No. 8: Leading with Purpose

Purpose matters! Create a purposeful culture through empowerment which creates a catalyst for growth.  We depend on the District Leadership Team to identify challenges, communicate goals, commit resources, and create an environment for success. A purpose driven leader will model their beliefs through their actions and words.  You are invited to take part in this interactive session where participants will engage in discussion of best solutions to the most challenging obstacles you face in your leadership role.
Presenter: Marcia Herring, Director of Board Leadership, Nebraska Association of School Boards
 

No. 9: From the Courthouse to the Schoolhouse: What School Board Members Need to Know About School Law

Recognized school law experts from the NSBA Council of School Attorneys will provide an informative introduction of key concepts, legal standards, and principles that school board members must understand before making decision about hot topics. Walk away with a better awareness of the questions you should be asking your school attorney before problems arise.
Presenters: Allison Schafer, General Counsel; Janine Murphy, Christine Scheef, Staff Attorney, North Carolina School Boards Assocation 

No. 10: The Other Side of the Report Card- Part I

Schools work to engage parents and the community in educating their children. While each student’s academic report card is important, it only provides half of the story about that student’s success.  Examine a tool that assesses and measures seven key impact areas, or factors, that influence young people’s positive development.  These factors – consisting of a kaleidoscope of colors - provide data on what we call “the other side of the report card.” Find out how these seven factors form a Web of Support that protects youth from harm and leads to their thriving and resilience. 
Presenter: Derek Peterson, ICAR-US Founder and CEO and Integrative Youth Development Creator

 

Afternoon Workshops Sessions| 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

No. 11: A Road Map for Success:  Governance for New Board Members

When new board members learn early on about factors that contribute to a board's being more student-focused and effective the better their potential for becoming a great member of the district leadership team. From the experiences of a superintendent, a career board member and a board development director, participants will gain a better understanding of the complexity of becoming an effective board member including the need for solid governance practices and sound policy making and why/how data is a critical component for making all decisions.
Presenters: Dr. Tony Prothro, Executive Director; Dr. Anne Butcher, Board Training Director, Arkansas School Boards Association

No. 12: Disrupting Poverty: Turning High Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools

Through a process of continuous improvement, a school board that works closely with the superintendent in the establishment and conduct of the district's vision, and improvement goals can experience a rapid turnaround of it's underperforming schools. Recent case studies from high-poverty, high-performing schools coupled with two decades of research provide compelling insight into what it takes to make a dramatic turnaround.  Through better understanding of how high-poverty, high-performing schools achieve success, board members will acquire specific strategies and identify action steps to best support their district's schools and students. We will also highlight 12 specific strategies that provide an essential foundation for success in any underperforming school. 
Presenter: Dr. William Parrett, Director, Center for School Improvement and Policy Studies, Boise State University
Registration fee includes $25 workshop materials fee.

No. 13: Increase Your Diversity and Inclusion Awareness

This workshop will increase your 'diversity and inclusion' awareness. Through engaging, interactive exercises, participants will: - Create a common understanding of diversity and inclusion - Link diversity issues with achieving district goals - Broaden the scope of diversity beyond race and gender issues - Reveal and assess the impact of subtle biases on district success - Discuss the behaviors required to create an inclusive environment where every man, woman and child feels included, valued and respected.
Presenters: Nesa Brauer, Trainer, and Sandra Kwasa, Director of Board Development, Illinois Association of School Boards
Registration fee includes $10 workshop fee.

No. 14: Hot Technologies

How are you keeping up with the technological advancements that impact your job and career? Do you find that you’re barely able to keep pace with the latest technological developments? Join James Spellos in this fun, fast-paced session as he reviews what’s new and innovative in technology that will impact how we work, teach, and learn.  You’ll understand how to manage the flow of information using social curation tools and social media, and you’ll leave with important insights on the latest trends, such as virtual and augmented reality. (Session is limited to first 50 participants)
Presenter
: James Spellos, President, Meeting U

No. 15: Innovative Teaching and Learning with iPad 

iPad is changing the learning experience, making it more personal, engaging, and mobile. Explore a variety of digital content, including education apps, interactive iBooks Textbooks, and free learning resources on iTunes U. Experience powerful content-creation tools that provide students with deeper, more meaningful ways to apply their learning. See how simple it is to deliver lessons, grade assignments, and stay connected with students with iTunes U courses. Join us to discover how iPad and digital content are revolutionizing the classroom. 
(Session is limited to 20 participants)

No. 16: Leading with Purpose

Purpose matters! Create a purposeful culture through empowerment which creates a catalyst for growth.  We depend on the District Leadership Team to identify challenges, communicate goals, commit resources, and create an environment for success. A purpose driven leader will model their beliefs through their actions and words.  You are invited to take part in this interactive session where participants will engage in discussion of best solutions to the most challenging obstacles you face in your leadership role.
Presenter: Marcia Herring, Director of Board Leadership, Nebraska Association of School Boards

No. 17: The Other Side of the Report Card- Part II

Youth need a full-spectrum of color in their kaleidoscopes in order to do well in life. Positive School climate, Social Emotional Learning, Caring and Connected Schools, and Community Engagement have all become buzzwords in education. We know we want these outcomes, but what can we do to make them happen in meaningful and measurable ways? Come learn hands-on how to apply an integrative approach to youth development to support school staff, school boards, community members, and the students themselves. This work, that amplifies the other side of the report card, changes lives. 
Presenter: Derek Peterson, ICAR-US Founder and CEO and Integrative Youth Development Creator

No. 18: Understanding the Key Work of School Boards

In today’s high-stakes educational environment, the daily pressure on governance leaders is enormous. The more effective the board, the better a school district’s students perform. NSBA’s The Key Work of School Boards provides a framework that reflects “best governance practices” that are traceable to high performing boards and high performing school districts.   This session provides an overview of a relevant and reliable governance guide with strategies and ideas that reflect board best practices. You’ll explore the five Key Work action areas that affirm how excellence at the board table leads to excellence in the classroom.
Presenters: Kitty Blumsack, Consultant, Association Governance & Training Solutions; Kanisha Williams, Managing Director, Member and Leadership Services, National School Boards Association

 

Full Day Workshop | 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

No. 19: Best Practices of the Nation’s Most Rapidly Improving Schools

Among all rapidly improving schools is a common thread: a strong, supportive culture that embraces innovative practices. It’s no secret that education leaders today face unprecedented challenges, but when a school’s culture is keenly focused on positively impacting student learning, successful transformation is a given. But how do you overcome obstacles—large and small—to gain rapid traction in increasing student achievement? In this session, you will learn specific leadership strategies for shifting your culture to one focused on growth and a student-centered learning model.  Board-Superintendent leadership teams are strongly encouraged to participate, learn, and plan together during this session.
Presenter: Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education

 

Special Afternoon Workshop 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM

No. 20: New School Board Member Boot Camp Pre-Conference Workshop: Ethics, Board Meetings, and the Role of a School Board Member

Ethical and appropriate behavior for school board members is expected. Yet problems arise during meetings that can interfere with important work getting accomplished. Interact with your colleagues in a mock school board meeting conducted by members of the NSBA Board Member Boot Camp Faculty to examine what works and what doesn't in your meetings.

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