2018 Annual Conference

'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.

Saturday NSBA conference video highlights

Check out the highlights of Saturday's conference in San Antonio here and here.

Cisneros: Two futures for America

Former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros welcomed school board leaders to his home town Saturday at the luncheon with a history lesson on the city’s key role as “an incubator role with respect to Latino progress” in America.

It was home to the first Spanish language radio station; the first Spanish language TV station (“the cornerstone for Univision TV”); and the founding home of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal civil rights organization, among others.

Crisis in urban education

The audience at the Council of Urban Boards of Education luncheon Saturday at NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio gave a standing ovation to speaker Christopher Emdin after he said black school board members and superintendents have earned privileges by conforming to the dominant culture, and now they have a duty to “reframe this whole ballgame” so that black students do not have to do the same.

Hanks Earns COSA Lifetime Achievement Award

NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys (COSA) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to James C. Hanks during the Saturday morning general session of COSA’s 2018 School Law Seminar in San Antonio.

Equity Matters video debuts

NSBA's equity video, produced for the annual conference in San Antonio, debuted at the Saturday General Session. "Equity Matters" shines a spotlight on the importance of educational equity.  View it here: https://vimeo.com/263029277

NSBA Council of School Attorneys Elects New Leadership for 2018-2019

Alexandria, Va. (April 7, 2018) — The National School Boards Association (NSBA) Council of School Attorneys (COSA), the national network of attorneys representing K-12 public school districts, elected new leaders and directors at its recent annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.

COSA supports school attorneys and provides leadership in legal advocacy for public schools; its 22-member Board of Directors oversees its continuing legal education programming and working groups for its more than 3,100 members across the United States and Canada.

NSBA's Gentzel: Equity drives our work

Students in our public schools are more diverse than ever before, and so are their needs. In accepting the challenge to meet the needs of each child, school leaders ensure that our society, and our democracy, will remain strong.

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 78th Annual Conference in San Antonio.

Terry Bradshaw’s armchair philosophy opens NSBA conference

He’s a four-time Super Bowl champion quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers and an award-winning sports broadcaster, but Terry Bradshaw described himself in self-effacing terms at the first General Session of NSBA’s 2018 Annual Conference in San Antonio: “I am the man who put his hands on another man’s butt to make a living.”

Stumbling on the word “genomics” while describing his interest in horse breeding, he cracked, “I got a PE degree, give me some slack!”

Service Project Fights Hunger, Feeds Hope

Six-foot-long tables, super-sized bags of beans and rice, and high spirits filled a good portion of Exhibit Hall 2 of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio Friday as early attendees at the National School Boards Association Annual Conference pitched in for a community service project to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank.

Sponsored by NSBA’s National Hispanic Council of School Board Members, the food-packing event helped kick off Annual Conference 2018 which runs April 7-9.


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