2017 Annual Conference

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

AIAN speaker works to humanize Alaska homeless

Motivational speaker, storyteller, musician, and homeless activist Samuel Johns’ favorite quote is from theoretical physicist Albert Einstein: "I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”

It is that passion and curiosity that led Johns, an Athabascan (a Native Alaskan people) to found the Forget Me Not Movement, an effort to draw attention to and help address homelessness in Anchorage, Alaska.

The world needs your contribution

You are a genius and the world needs your contribution. So says Angela Maiers, and she hopes everyone takes this message to heart.

Maiers, who spoke at the School Leaders Luncheon on Saturday at NSBA’s annual conference, said she wasn’t just trying to be inspirational with her statement. The teacher, author, and Ted Talk speaker told the audience that it was imperative that they realized their genius. If they didn’t, she asked, how could they get their students to do it?

Judge Hatchett: Do all you can for children

It was Saturday, not Sunday, when Judge Glenda Hatchett spoke at the Council of Urban Boards of Education luncheon at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Denver. And no one said, “Amen.” But ask anybody who was there: Church was in session.

Magna Awards honors innovative districts

The School Leaders Luncheon honored the winners of the 2017 Magna Awards on Saturday at NSBA’s annual conference.

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys elects new leadership

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts, elected new leaders and directors at the School Law Seminar in Denver for 2017-18.


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