Summer Leadership Agenda

2015 Summer Leadership Seminar in Chicago

Thursday, August 20, 2015
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m

Registration Open

Location: Regency S Desk Foyer- Gold Level

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m

Regional Nominating Committee Orientation

Location: Skyway 260 East Tower

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m

Regional Nominating Committees Convene

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m

Welcome Reception

Location: Regency Ballroom D – Gold Level

Evening Activity

Dinner on Your Own

Friday, August 21, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Registration Open

Location: Regency S Desk Foyer- Gold Level

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Peer Leader Breakfasts

All Located on Gold Level

  • Executive Directors and Association Staff (Acapulco)
  • Presidents and Past Presidents (Toronto)
  • Presidents-Elect (Atlanta)
  • Rising Leaders (New Orleans)
  • Guest Orientation and Continental Breakfast (Hong Kong)
9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Welcome Remarks and Opening General Session

50 Myths and Lies that Threaten America’s Public Schools

Location: Regency Ballroom A/B

Many citizens' conception of K-12 public education in the United States is more myth than reality. Warped opinions about our nation's public schools include: they are inferior to private schools; they are among the worst in the world in math and science; the critiques are endless. This session separates fact from fiction and examines how the mythical failure of public education has been created and perpetuated in large part by political and economic interests who stand to gain from its destruction. Hear how advocates for public schools can counter the myths and present more credible, contradictory data. (Book signing to follow presentation)

David Berliner, Author and Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Programming

Session 1 –The Manufactured Crisis

What’s really happening in our schools? Join David Berliner for a closer look at facts and analysis that dispel allegations that test scores in America’s schools are falling, that illiteracy is rising, and that better funding has no benefit for America’s public school students. Explore how to get past “shock doctrine” and move to conversations that examine data to drive leadership and impact teaching and learning.

David Berliner, Author and Regents’ Professor of Education Emeritus at Arizona State University

Session 2 – Beyond Blended: Making the Transition to Personalized Learning

Take a look at innovations that encourage personalized learning, an innovation that customizes students’ experiences to their individual needs and strengths. Explore how schools are leveraging technology to meet students where they are and allows them to advance to more challenging material whenever they are ready. You’ll reflect upon what’s driving this change and how you can lead fellow leaders in discussion around the trends that will impact their districts in a major way.

Anne Brown, Director of Personalized Learning, School Improvement Network

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch (featuring NSBA Update)

Location: Regency Ballroom C/D

2:30 p.m.- 5:30 p.m.

Regional Issues Programming

All Located on Gold Level

  • Central Region (Toronto)
  • Northeast Region (New Orleans)
  • Pacific Region (Water Tower)
  • Southern Region (Acapulco)
  • Western Region (Gold Coast)
Evening Activity

Regional Dinners and Dinner on Your Own

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Breakfast on your own

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

General Session - The Will to Govern Well

Location: Regency Ballroom A/B

Any look inside an association reveals challenges that require change in governance systems. These challenges include shifts in the balance of power, in policy making, and in measures of success. Associations must understand how increased demands for tangible benefits and bottom-line measures require thinking differently about how they create value for their members and how they measure success. Examine three critical themes that have emerged as key to developing the will to govern well knowledge, trust, and nimbleness providing definitions and strategies for incorporating them into governance. (Book sales and signing to follow presentation)

Glenn Tecker Chairman and CEO, Tecker International

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – Knowledge-based Strategic Governance

Location: Regency Ballroom A/B

To be successful on a sustained basis, an association needs a governance body that is focused at a high strategic level and is leading their organization successfully into the future. In organizations utilizing Knowledge-Based Strategic Governance, a significant portion of the Board meeting time is taken up with dialogue (to understand) and deliberation (to decide) about issues of strategic direction. Discover how setting aside time on a board agenda to conduct a “Mega Issue Dialogue” will help a governance body to become more strategic.

Glenn Tecker, Chairman and CEO, Tecker International

Session 2 – Office of Civil Rights : Challenges and Opportunities

Location: Toronto

Get the latest legal and legislative overview of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights activity and Dear Colleague letters that impact on our member associations and school board members, and the work that our advocacy teams are engaged in around impacts, clarification, compliance and solutions.

Francisco M. Negrón, Jr., Associate Executive Director & General Counsel and Michael Zola, Associate Executive Director of Federal Advocacy and Public Policy, National School Boards Association

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Location: Regency ballroom C/D

Presentation of Shannon Award

1:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Lead - Alike Programming

Presidents’ Programming

Location: Plaza B Ballroom (East Tower)

Building Consensus around Defining Success

What constitutes success for your organization? How do you convey your organization’s baseline of knowledge about itself and where it is headed? Clarity and consensus on what constitutes success is developed through an institutionalized process of planning strategically. Successful associations—those that consistently provide real value to their members over time—are guided by a culture of collective leadership that appreciates this distinguishing characteristic. As president and as a board member, you are responsible for maintaining the organization's ability to deliver on the things that matter. Identify and explore the tools needed to implement coherent strategy over time, and ensure that those tools are well used during your term and left in good working order for your successors.

Glenn Tecker, Chairman and CEO, Tecker International

Rising and Past Association Leaders Programming

Location: Toronto

Getting to Yes: Navigating Opposing Views to Facilitate Goal-Focused Consensus

The ideal board dynamic has everyone at the table with a common and universally agreed-upon understanding of the association’s direction. When members or leaders are in conflict, the cause of the problem can be either a disagreement over facts or a clash of values. Part of your evolving leadership role will be to find ways to help members of the board express their needs and viewpoints clearly, map out common ground and find solutions for the greater good. Explore the appropriate leadership role and examine best practices that will help your board find their way to goal-focused consensus – yes!

Stephen Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens

Executive Director Innovation Lab- Acapulco

Location: Acapulco

4:00 p.m.

Portrait Session- Group Photo and Individual Headshots

Location: Plaza A Ballroom (East Tower)

*See staff at registration table if you would like to have makeup professionally re-touched for headshot.*

6:00 p.m.

Buses depart for NSBA Leadership Event

Location: West Tower Front Drive – Stetson Street

Staging starting at 5:50 pm for 6:00 p.m. departure

6:30 p.m.

NSBA Leadership Dinner Event (registered event)

Location: The Library at South LaSalle- 190 South LaSalle St.; 40th floor

Sunday, August 23, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Regional Business Meetings and Regional Committee Reports

All Located on Gold Level

  • Central Region (Hong Kong)
  • Northeast Region (Toronto)
  • Pacific Region (Atlanta)
  • Southern Region (Acapulco)
  • Western Region (New Orleans)

Enhanced Continental Breakfast served

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Closing General Session - A Chance in this World

Location: Regency Ballroom A/B

"This little boy doesn’t have a chance in the world.” This diary entry, taken from the journal of a babysitter, was the prediction for Steve Pemberton’s future. But for him, that defeatist notion would have the exact opposite effect; it would inspire him to move forward through life and triumph over extreme adversity to become the chance, and the success, he believed he deserved in the world. His memoir, A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home, chronicles his difficult path through foster care and his determined search for his family. It is an inspirational story that crosses generations and cultures, but specifically whispers to those who have had the odds stacked against them. Pemberton's relentless journey to overcome his setbacks, find his biological family and right the wrongs of his parents' past is a model for all families to follow. It is a true testament of faith, fortitude and forgiveness. (Book sales and signing to follow presentation)

Stephen Pemberton, Chief Diversity Officer, Walgreens


Closing Remarks

NSBA President John Tuttle and NSBA Executive Director Tom Gentzel will provide brief, closing remarks

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