2017 Annual Conference

Saturday's video highlights of NSBA's Annual Conference

Want to make a difference? Do something really hard

People often ask retired astronaut Scott Kelly about what was best about being in space. Was it seeing the big blue marble? Floating in zero G? Feeling a million pounds of thrust at your back before bolts explode and a rocket launches?

None of the above, Kelly said at the opening General Session at NSBA’s Annual Conference. “The best part is that it’s really, really hard.” If you want to make a difference, he said, don’t be afraid to do things that are hard.

NSBA CEO Gentzel encourages boards to Stand Up

Providing tens of millions of children with a world-class education every day is a daunting responsibility, but our schools are making “incredible progress” in meeting the challenge thanks to committed and innovative problem-solving school leaders across the country. That was the message that NSBA Executive Director and CEO Thomas J. Gentzel shared with attendees at Saturday’s General Session on the opening day of NSBA’s 77th Annual Conference in Denver.

High-poverty schools can be high achieving

Demographics are not destiny in student achievement, according to an expert who spoke at NSBA’s pre-conference session on Friday called “Disrupting Poverty: Turning High-Poverty Schools into High-Performing Schools.”

Tinker speaks on free speech in public schools

Mary Beth Tinker is a rock star among legal circles. After she spoke at COSA’s session on free speech in public schools on Friday at the School Law Seminar, she was surrounded by admirers. Audience members were hoping to get a signed black armband – a piece of history from one of the students in the seminal 1969 First Amendment student free speech case Tinker v. Des Moines.

COSA honors longtime Denver school attorney for service

The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on Friday at the second day of the COSA’s School Law Seminar in Denver.

Denver is Semple’s home – he’s a founding partner of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C. He has represented school districts in Colorado for nearly 40 years. He served on the COSA Board of Directors from 1992-2003, chairing the Board in 2000.

Toobin opens COSA Seminar with Supreme Court analysis

What will the Supreme Court be like if Judge Neil Gorsuch is confirmed?

Author, journalist, and political commentator Jeffrey Toobin opened the Council of School Attorneys (COSA) School Law Seminar on Thursday in Denver with insights into highest court in the nation.

Before he dove into an analysis of the Supreme Court, Toobin sought to dispel a myth that the Supreme Court is removed or above politics. “It is and always has been a deeply political institution,” he said.

School leaders head to the Mile High City for NSBA's Annual Conference

Nearly 6,000 public education leaders, decision makers, vendors and exhibitors from across the country are converging on Denver for the 77th Annual National School Boards Association Conference and Exposition.

The conference officially opens on Saturday, March 25, at the Colorado Convention Center and runs through Monday, March 27. This year marks NSBA’s first return to the majestic Mile High City for Annual Conference since 1963.

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys Honors Longtime Denver School Attorney for Service to School Boards and Colleagues

Alexandria, Va. (March 22, 2017) - The National School Boards Association’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Semple on March 24, 2017. The award will be given in Semple’s home town, Denver, Colorado, at the morning general session of COSA’s 2017 School Law Seminar. Semple is a founding partner of Semple, Farrington & Everall, P.C., Denver.

National School Boards Association Announces 2017 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 21, 2017) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the four companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase. 

The 2017 class -- Allovue, FressGrade, k12itc, and Living Tree --will be featured in an exclusive area of the exhibition and participate in a Tech Innovation Showcase panel during the NSBA Annual Conference in Denver, March 25-27, 2017. Later this summer, they will be featured in NSBA’s magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and participate in a webinar hosted by NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN). 

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