Each year, the NSBA Annual Conference is packed with peer-selected educational sessions designed to educate and inform you on the most pressing topics and issues faced by Superintendents and administrators!

The 2018 Annual Conference scheduled for April 6-9 in San Antonio, TX promises to be no different. Enjoy hot topic issues facing school boards and districts on an everyday basis, including equity in K-12 education, innovation & technology, and superintendent/school board relations.

This is your chance to hear from expert speakers and participate in educational sessions designed to inform AND inspire.

Educational topics include these sessions and more!

  • Friday, April 6th 9:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Pre-Conference 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.

  • Saturday, April 7th 1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Creating a Safe and Welcoming Environment for Students Impacted by Immigration Enforcement Actions: Lessons Learned
Explore the unique challenges faced by school districts serving large immigrant populations under the risk of deportation. Join attorneys employed by the School District of Palm Beach County, Florida, as they present and discuss strategies to support students affected by recent changes in immigration enforcement.

  • Saturday, April 7th 1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

The Superintendent-Board Relationship - Finding and Sustaining the Right Fit   
The South Huntington Board of Education Vice President and Superintendent of Schools reveal how the elected leadership of this racially and economically diverse New York State District of 6,000 students 'bucked' the traditions and trends associated with the Superintendent hiring process to find an ideal synergy between Board and community goals and CEO leadership.

  • April 7th 1:30 P.M. – 2:45 P.M.

Team of 8 Empowering a Community Through Partnerships and Planning 
The traditional approach to improving a district relied heavily on the district itself. However, good leaders understand that committed stakeholders within a community must unite to truly improve a school district. Understanding the Board and Superintendent's roles in spurring community engagement/empowerment, leading the charge regarding future and strategic planning and how to leverage public and private partnerships to advance the district's mission and goals is critical to a district's success.

  • Sunday, Sunday April 8 1:30 – 2:45pm

“Superintendent Panel: How EdTech is Improving Student Outcomes” Room 305
This panel discussion will look at how edtech is improving student outcomes and the role superintendents play in leading this digital transformation. Hear how a superintendent can foster collaboration, empower teachers and engage students with technology to ensure that every student has the opportunity to succeed.  Sponsored by PowerSchool and Microsoft.

  • Sunday, April 8th 8:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Trauma-Informed Systems in Schools: How to Support Black Students Through Mental Health
Studies have shown that prolonged exposure to a traumatic environment can impact brain development and impair learning ability. Black students, in particular, are at increased risk of trauma-related symptoms, due to many factors, including systemic racism and bias, exposure to violence, and historical trauma. For example, the current political climate has led to a rise in white supremacy hate crimes that are spilling into school environments and having a traumatic impact on Black students. This session will explore the impact of traumatic events on Black students’ ability to learn and explore options for districtwide policies and programs that will provide the conditions that these students need to succeed.

  • Sunday, April 8th 8:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Taking Your 1:1 Initiative to the Next Level: Four Pillars to Successfully Implement Digital Teaching and Learning District Wide
1:1 initiatives are not just about devices.  Come and experience Wasatch County School District's (UT) (enr.6,800) journey over the past 6 years that is digitally transforming teaching and learning.  Participants will learn about the 4 pillars (coaching, curriculum, classroom and device) and how major players around the table (School Board, IT, Leadership and Inst Coaches) made this shift to digital a reality. While sustaining this transition, classrooms are moving up the SAMR model to redefine and personalize learning for each student.

  • Monday, April 9th 8:30 A.M. – 9:45 A.M.

Navigating the Current Political Waters in Addressing Transgender Issues: a Legal and District Perspective
Explores the journey of one school as it dealt with the challenges, both legal and practical, in addressing the needs of a transgender student. Discover how the Grants/Cibola County(NM) Schools (enr.3,700) negotiated a series of political, legal, media and cultural obstacles to establish and implement a policy and series of protocols that were fair to all students when it came to gender identity.

  • Monday, April 9th 10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

The Wheels on the Bus: Strategically Planning to Build Community Support
Learn how the Marion County (KY) Public Schools (enr.3278) Board of Education strategically plans to build continued capacity with its school community. This Kentucky Distinguished-Progressing district, located 65 miles south of Louisville, has successfully implemented a strategic plan resulting in a tax referendum for new buildings, an annual community planning summit that draws a capacity crowd, and Six Big Dreams that address the whole child - from its Learning Begins at Birth campaign all the way to graduating college and career ready.

  • Monday, April 9th 10:00 A.M. – 11:15 A.M.

The Country's Urgent Need for Better K-12 College and Career Counseling
Audience members will understand how local, state and national jobs data must inform families, students, and school districts before college and career decisions are made. Attendees will learn about Maine Township High School District 207's (enr. 6400) innovative College and Career Counseling model that works to help students pick the right career and finish their post high school education in less time and at a lower cost in a career that helps increase the chances of success in life.

Please note: sessions may be subject to change


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