2016 Annual Conference

2016 Annual Conference Highlights

Over 6,000 school board members gathered in Boston for a successful conference. Below are resources to help make the most of your trip!

Workshop Handouts

Looking for presentations or handouts from conference workshop sessions? Click here.

Best in show

Congratulations to the winning exhibitors of the Best of Show booths at NSBA's Annual Conference in Boston:

Best of Show Island: Hellas Construction - website

Honorable Mentions Island: Acellus and Sodexo

Best of Show Inline: A-Champs

Honorable Mentions Inline: SafeGuard and Scripps National Spelling Bee, Inc.

Wagner: Help students become smart creatives

Our nation’s high schools need to be remade as places where students collaborate, teachers coach, and the competencies – not knowledge -- are measured, prominent education author Tony Wagner said at the closing General Session of NSBA’s Annual Conference Monday.

Wagner, a former high school teacher and K-8 principal, is Expert in Residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab and co-author of the book Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era.

Developing equity policies on opportunity gaps

School boards wanting to address learning gaps between student demographic groups don’t have to start from scratch. And board policy can plan an important part of reducing those gaps by providing the district with a “race equity lens” for bring about desired change.

Accountability without standardization

Fresh off being named Indiana’s 2015 superintendent of the year, Rocky Killion made national news with an innovative – if not radical - suggestion to his district’s parents who didn’t want their students taking the state-mandated, no opt-out standardized assessment.

Withdraw your children, register them for home schooling, and after the three-week testing window ends, re-enroll them in our schools.

Handling social media crises

With social media, misinformation travels at the speed of light, according to officials at Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools. In a Monday session entitled, “Purple Penguins and Icebergs: The Slippery Slope of Social Media, Trolls, and Going Viral” at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston, they explained how their district became the focus of unwanted national publicity regarding accommodation of a transgender student.

Achievement gap is a belief gap

Discussing racism and how it is embedded in the practices, policies, and procedures of schools makes for uncomfortable conversations. But having those conversations is essential if a school district is committed to closing academic achievement gaps, education equity leader Glenn Singleton told two full sessions of attendees Monday, the closing day of NSBA’s annual conference in Boston.

At the heart of the achievement gap is “a belief gap” over “who deserves a highly resourced education,” said Singleton, president of the consultant firm Pacific Educational Group.

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