Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-Conference Workshops

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

Friday, March 24, 2017

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 1: From the Boardroom to the Classroom: Equity Starts at the Top
Ensuring that practices in your school district are equitable and provide access to high quality education for all students starts with a commitment at the top. Boards in Washington state are examining how their actions set the stage for equity at the strategic and policy levels by applying an equity lens to their work. Participants will learn how boards are framing their work and will receive tools to take back to their own districts.

Panelist: Tricia Lubach, Leadership Development Training Specialist, Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA); Colleen Miller, Director of Leadership Development Services, Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA); Mary Fertakis, Director, Tukwila School District; Brad Brown, School Improvement Officer, Kent School District

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 2 - Crawl, Walk, or Run – Becoming a Highly Effective School Board
How can highly effective school boards can transform schools? Come focus on best practices from around the country related to strategic planning, superintendent evaluation and board self-assessment. To be a highly effective board, boards must utilize these three tools at a high level to move the district forward. Opportunities will also be provided for participants to utilize scenarios and other table-top activities as they interact with and share ideas with their fellow participants from around the country.

Panelists: Tony Arasi, Director of Board Development, Mark Willis, Assistant Exec. Dir., Georgia School Boards Association

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 3 – 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. (Each hands-on session is limited to 20 participants)

Presenter: Apple Representative

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 4 – Boards Matter: What School Boards Can Do To Improve Student Performance
Research demonstrates that beliefs and actions of school boards can effect student learning. Consider how the mindsets and dispositions of your board members are effecting student outcomes. Learn how boards in high achieving districts govern differently than those in low achieving districts. Practice board governance skills related to improving student outcomes. Develop action plans for steps your board can take to improve student outcomes in your district

Presenter: Phil Gore, Division Director, Leadership Team Services, TASB

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 5: No F.A.I.L. Strategic Planning
This dynamic and highly interactive session will provide participants with information they need to build a strategic plan that will focus on getting to greatness by avoiding the following most commonly made mistakes: • F - Lack of Facts and data • A - Absence of key players in the process • I - Inept facilitator, no focus • L - No Leadership Participants will have opportunities to share and network. They will practice a quality process and walk away with the tools needed to customize the process for their districts.

Presenter: Kathy LaSota, Consultant, retired, Ohio School Boards Association

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 6: From the Courthouse to the Schoolhouse: An Introduction to School Law; and 27 Things a School Board Member Needs 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: Joy Baskin, Director, Legal Service, Texas Association of School Boards; Mark Tilley, Lead Attorney, Legal Services, Texas Association of School Boards

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 7: The Meeting Experience Part 1: Practical Parliamentary Procedures
Become part of the action in this engaging session. You will step into a meeting as your learn how to appropriately use parliamentary procedures to turn your school board meetings into the efficient, civil, decision-making events you only dreamed were possible. But a presiding officer and all trustees don't need to know every detail of Robert's Rules of Order to manage meetings effectively. This session covers strategies for moving on when discussion bogs down, and tells you how to handle challenges to the process. A must for new officers.

Presenter: David Koempel, Senior Consultant, Leadership Team Services, Texas Association of School Boards

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Pre-Conference No. 8 – Leading Outside of the Box
Leadership is vital to a highly effective board to ensure the district is focused on continuous improvement. To promote growth, an effective board will adopt and adhere to Board Governance Standards. Through this interactive session, learn how leadership aligned to standards of effective board governance, ensures accountability, and a positive working relationship with the superintendent. Board members from large, small, urban, or rural will benefit from and relate to the materials that will be addressed.

Presenter: Marcia Herring, Director of Board Leadership, Nebraska Association of School Boards

Afternoon Workshops

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 9: A School Board’s Guide to the Maker Movement
Join Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager, international experts and authors of Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom, as they untangle the hype from the reality of the Maker Movement. Before districts decide to "do" the Maker Movement, school leaders and educators need to understand what that means by exploring four important aspects: place, culture, process, and the underlying beliefs about teaching and learning. Get up to speed on one of education's growing trends and leave with ideas that can be adapted to meet your community's unique needs. Session Hosted by the Technology Leadership Network

Presenters: Sylvia Martinez, Consultant, Invent To Learn; Gary Stager, Executive Director, Constructing Modern Knowledge

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 10: 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

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 11 – Innovative Teaching and Learning with iPad
Session Hosted by the Technology Leadership Network
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 how powerful content-creation tools provide students with deeper, more meaningful ways to apply their learning and how built-in accessibility features can be customized to help diverse learners succeed. And, hear about a new approach to coding that lets anyone learn, write, and teach it.
(Each hands-on session is limited to 20 participants, only sign up for one session.)

Presenter: Apple Representative

1:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Pre-Conference No. 13: The Meeting Experience Part 2: Effective Facilitation Skills – Navigating Through Smooth and Choppy Waters
Get ready to drop into a meeting in this highly interactive session. The activities in this session will teach you basic facilitation techniques not found in Roberts' Rules of Order that a presiding officer may use to effectively guide discussion and address situations that could prevent the board from accomplishing its business. Become a master of keeping discussions on track as you learn to run more effective meetings. This is essential knowledge for all board officers.

Presenter: David Koempel, Senior Consultant, Leadership Team Services, Texas Association of School Boards

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 14: 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. Presenter: Kitty Blumsack, Consultant and Kanisha Williams, Managing Director, Member and Leadership Services, National School Boards Association

Presenters: Kanisha Williams, Managing Director, National School Boards Association; Kathryn Blumsack, Consultant, TGT Consulting

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 15: The Other Side of the Student Report Card: What It Is, and Why It Matters
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. Come make your own report card.

Presenter: Derek Peterson, International Child/Youth Advocate, Kaleidoscope Connect

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 16: 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.

Presenters: Kerri Schelling, Director, Board Team Development, Kentucky School Boards Association; Kathy Winecoff, Field Services Representative, New Jersey School Boards Association

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Conference No. 17: Too many tests! Minimizing the number of tests for the maximum impact on learning through the Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts
Frustration has been mounting in school districts over the ever increasing number of tests students take and the outsized influence they wield over classrooms. Many parents and students are expressing it by opting out of the testing regime altogether. Yet without information about student performance, parents won't know how their child is progressing; teachers can't gauge the effect of their instruction; and school leaders can't be held accountable. What districts need is a streamlined assessment system that minimizes the number of assessments and assures that the ones remaining are of the highest quality. This workshop will introduce participants to the Student Assessment Inventory for School Districts. Released in June 2014, the inventory tools are designed for school leaders' use in taking stock of the array of assessments administered from a student perspective, and has been used by districts to catalyze real changes in testing practice. School districts that have used the tool have succeeded in engaging multiple stakeholders in productive conversations and reducing testing time. Advance registration and additional $100 fee is required for this session. Participation will be limited to the first 50 registrants.

Presenters: Jacob Mishook, Associate Director, Assessment and Accountability, Achieve; Patte Barth, Director, Center for Public Education, National School Boards Association

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