2018 Annual Conference

New NSBA President Frank Pugh: 'Be extraordinary'

New NSBA president Frank Pugh urged attendees at NSBA’s 78th Annual Conference in San Antonio to be strong leaders in the face of both the day to day challenges, and in the face of true tragedy and hardship. Pugh spoke at Monday’s General Session.

Developing a 'Portrait of a Graduate'

Have you heard of the “21 by 2021” movement? It’s an effort by two forward-thinking educational organizations — Battelle for Kids and EdLeader21—to have 21 percent of the nation’s school districts adopt a Portrait of a Graduate. That’s a locally developed vision that articulates the community’s aspirations for their students in a rapidly changing world.

“It’s time for us to take the conversation back to our communities,” said Karen Garza, president of Battelle for Kids, at a Monday Master Class at NSBA’s 2018 annual conference.

Civil rights icon Green: Traits activists share

Ernest Green is a civil rights icon with a place in U.S. history books as one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of students who helped integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1957. The students’ enrollment served as a test of 1954's Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional.

Compton takes on fake news

Ann Compton, a trailblazing broadcast journalist with a resume than spans more than 40 years in the news business, wasted no time taking on the issue of “fake news” during Sunday’s General Session at NSBA’s Annual Conference in San Antonio.

The key speaker started by reading outrageous, parodies of breaking news stories: such as “President Trump Walks on Water Across the Potomac River”; and “TV’s Judge Judy Named to the Supreme Court -- Even Though There’s No Vacancy.”

Gentzel, Domenech discuss board and superintendent business

AASA Executive Director Daniel Domenech has advice for superintendents who are hired by a split board. “I tell them not to take the job.”

Superintendent searches and board and superintendent relationships were some of several subjects featured in a wide-ranging discussion between Domenech and NSBA Executive Director and CEO Thomas Genzel at a Master Class session on Sunday.

“They key thing is that to the extent that you can start with unanimous support, you have the beginning of a great team,” Domenech continued.

Sunday morning NSBA conference video highlights

Watch video highlights of Sunday morning in San Antonio at NSBA's annual conference here.

Tech speaker: Move from status quo

We live in an era in which the learning that students do outside of school looks very different from the learning they do inside of school. And that’s a problem that school boards must confront, according to Will Richardson, speaker at the Education Technology Leadership luncheon Sunday at NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio.

“The status quo is not going to serve our kids moving forward,” said Richardson, co-founder of an innovation website called modernlearners.com.

See the Magna Award winners in action

Check out the 2018 Magna Awards video that played at general session this morning at NSBA 2018 in San Antonio. Learn about the three Magna Grand Prize winning districts, Leyden Community High School District 212, Red Clay Consolidated School District, and Newport News Public Schools here.

For more information about the Magna Awards 2018, go to American School Board Journal


Ciak encourages audience to 'seize the moment'

Whether you’re a veteran of school board service or a first-timer, school board members need to “seize every moment” to make a meaningful impact for public schools, said outgoing NSBA president Kevin Ciak.

'Osiyo' host brings Cherokee culture to wider audience

Did you know that Sam Houston spent three years living with a Cherokee tribe in Tennessee after running away from home as a teenager? And that the chief of that tribe, Oolooteka, later became his adoptive father, making Houston a Cherokee?

You would if you discover the website osiyo.tv.

“Osiyo” means hello in the Cherokee language. It is also the title of an Emmy-award winning television program that tells stories about the Cherokee people.


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