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Washington, DC - April 11, 2016 - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts today announced the Owensboro Public Schools Board of Education in Owensboro, Kentucky, will receive the 28th annual Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award. The award, which includes a $10,000 prize, will be presented today by Mario R. Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education at the Kennedy Center, at the National School Boards Association’s Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts.

Center for Digital Education's Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize schools that are helping expand student and parent engagement, use of data analytics and more

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  (March 30, 2016)School districts’ use of technologies such as digital literacy training for parents, student-run technology support centers, robotic systems that record classroom teaching and learning, and data analytics earned top rankings in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s annual Digital School Districts  Survey.

Now in its 12th year, the Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize exemplary use of  technology by school boards and districts.

Virginia, Georgia, and New Jersey school districts earn top ranking in their enrollment category.

Alexandria, Va.  (March 16, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is happy to announce the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to introduce school leaders to new approaches, enabled by technology, that address real issues in K-12 education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “With its unique focus on the intersection of education policy and technology practice, NSBA has a long history of serving as a bridge between the entrepreneurial community and school leaders charged with making critical decisions.”

The 2016 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

Statement on John King’s Confirmation as Secretary of Education
Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, National School Boards Association


National award program recognizes innovation and excellence in public schools

Alexandria, Va. (March 11, 2016) – Fremont County School District No. 6 in Pavillion, Wyoming; Crown Point Community School Corporation in Crown Point, Indiana; and Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District in Bedford, Texas, have been named the grand prize winners in the 22nd annual Magna Awards program sponsored by the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA’s) flagship magazine, American School Board Journal. The Magna Awards recognize school districts and their leaders taking bold and innovative steps to improve the lives of their students and their communities.

Alexandria, Va. (March 9, 2016) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), the leading advocate of public schools, announced today that Rory Davenport has joined the organization to strengthen its advocacy capabilities and enhance its brand.

Professional development and digital citizenship are key themes 

Alexandria, Va. (March 4, 2016) – The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) announces its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2015-2016. These education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students. Honorees are from: Alabama, California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.

Alexandria, Va. (February 10, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) joined the International Municipal Lawyers Association in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief Monday in the U.S. Supreme Court, supporting the employer’s request for review in the case of City of Houston v. Zamora...."Such a rule levies an unfair and onerous burden on boards as employers given that no amount of internal process would protect them from liability if a jury later finds that the credited employee had a discriminatory motive,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA.

Alexandria, Va. (February 9, 2016) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA), joins the State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) in filing a “friend of the court” (amicus) brief, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Seventh Circuit’s decision in Bible v. United Student Aid Funds, Inc. The amici ask the Court to limit the power of federal agencies to interpret their own regulations when changing their position, and without first providing affected stakeholders with notice and an opportunity to comment on such a change.

Alexandria, Va. (February 3, 2016) – In advance of today’s “Expanding Education Opportunity through School Choice” hearing, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) sent a letter to the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, highlighting the range of options for school choice that are provided by our nation’s public school districts. 

“There are many successful and diverse programs of study currently offered by many of our public school districts,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, Executive Director, NSBA. “Those options do not divert federal dollars to non-public schools as vouchers and tuition tax credits do, and are effective in expanding opportunities for students and can help schools in their efforts to serve our nation’s 50 million public school students.”


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