2015 Annual Conference

NSBA’s Gentzel on championing local school board leadership

As the leading advocate for public education, the National School Boards Association is successfully championing local school board leadership in the nation’s judicial system, in the halls of Congress, and in the court of public opinion.

That was the message that NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel recently shared with school leaders at NSBA’s 75th Annual Conference in Nashville, Tenn.

“We promised … we would transform [NSBA] from a traditional trade association into a more dynamic organization focused on service and advocacy.”

NSBA Announces 2015-2016 President John D. Tuttle and New Board Leadership

Alexandria, Va. (March 26, 2015) –John D. Tuttle of Oklahoma’s Kellyville Public Schools was named the 68th President of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), at its 75th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.

Miranda Beard of Mississippi’s Laurel School District was elected President-elect and Kevin E. Ciak of New Jersey’s Sayreville School District was elected Secretary-Treasurer. Anne M. Byrne of New York’s Nanuet Union Free District who served as President, 2014-2015, will now serve as NSBA’s Immediate Past President.

Top Digital School Districts 2014-15 Using Cutting-Edge Technology

March 24, 2015 - School districts’ use of innovative technologies such as 1:1 laptop initiatives, STEM curriculum and flipped classroom instruction earned top spots in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey.

The survey recognizes exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern their district, communicate with students, parents and community and improve the learning environment and district operations.

Highlights of the Digital School Districts Survey first-place winners (categories based on student enrollment):

NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education Announces 2015-2016 Leadership

Alexandria, Va. (March 26, 2015) - The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) elected leaders and new members to its Steering Committee as part of NSBA’s 75th Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.  Van Henri White of New York’s Rochester City School District was elected Chair, and Harium Martin-Morris of Washington’s Seattle Public Schools was elected Vice Chair.

Williams calls on board members to stand up, step up, speak up for public schools

Motoring the floor between rows of attendees at Monday afternoon, radio and TV personality Montel Williams provided an energizing close to NSBA’s 75th annual conference in Nashville.

Sporting a bright red “Stand Up 4 Public Schools” badge, Williams delivered – “shot gunned,” as he put it – his assertion that school board members must spread the word about issues such as how U.S. public schools graduated a record 82 percent of high school seniors last year, including more than 140,000 minorities.


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