2017 Annual Conference

Sunday afternoon conference highlights

The John F. Kennedy Center Awards Lexington, South Carolina School Board for Its Support of High-Quality Arts Education

Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2017) - The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced today the Lexington County School District One Board of Trustees in Lexington, South Carolina, has received the 29th annual Kennecy Center and National School Boards Association (NSBA) Award.  The award, which includes a $10,00 prize, was presented on Saturday, March 25, at the NSBA's Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado.  Read the entire press release here.

Arianna Huffington's advice to board members: Recharge

After years of fast-paced, high-powered living where being praised for burning the midnight oil and working 24/7 were the highest of compliments, entrepreneur and author Arianna Huffington converted to a different way of life.

In this approach, success is not defined by the traditional paradigm of money and power but by well-being and gratefulness.

Huffington talked about that transformation and its lessons for education during Sunday’s General Session at NSBA’s Annual Conference.

Use technology to spark creativity

One of the slides technology guru Steve Dembo presented during the Education Technology Luncheon on Sunday at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Denver showed school board candidacy lawn signs.

His observation: These are probably the last direct communication that the community ever gets from the school board members.

The next slide featured Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” Out of his mouth was a word balloon: “Who tells your story?”

Magna Awards 2017 video debuts

The 2017 Magna Awards video debuted at Sunday’s general session. Learn about the exemplary programs of the grand prize winners, Upper Saint Clair School District, Pittsburgh, Piscataway Township Schools, Piscataway, New Jersey, and Vancouver Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkeQOAofg4

Beard delivers final address as NSBA president

If anyone doubts that public schools are making a positive impact on children, they only need to walk into our schools to know the truth, said outgoing NSBA president Miranda A. Beard.

On her final day as president, Beard addressed attendees at NSBA’s 77th Annual Conference in Denver during the Sunday General Session. She shared her impressions of the schools she visited and the many school board members and state associations she engaged with during her tenure.

Pivotal civil rights case you probably never heard about

Several years before a welder named Oliver Brown decided his daughter ought to be able to attend the public school nearest his home in Topeka, Kansas, a prosperous Mexican-American asparagus farmer named Gonzalo Mendez became incensed that a school across the street from his ranch in Orange County, Calif., refused to admit his children.

More Saturday video highlights

Video highlights from NSBA's Annual Conference in Denver Saturday afternoon sessions and speakers are available here: https://youtu.be/mZ9tMxw7RJ0


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