2019 Annual Conference

2019 Abrazo Award Recognizes Distinguished U.S. Representatives

NSBA’s National Hispanic Council (NHC) presented this year’s Octaviano “Tony” Gonzales Abrazo Award to Former Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Former Representative Luis Gutiérrez from Illinois during its Annual Conference held March 30-April 1 in Philadelphia. The award is given annually to an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to improving the educational opportunities of Latino children through their time, energy and resources.

2019 Luminous Eagle Award Recognizes Ada City School District

2019 Rise Award Recognizes Compton Unified School District

NSBA’s National Black Council of School Board Members presented its Recognizing Innovative Strategies in Equity (RISE) Award to Compton Unified School District from California during its Annual Conference held March 30-April 1 in Philadelphia. In its second year, the RISE award honors a school district for its excellence in policies, practices and strategies that promote and enhance equitable outcomes and career readiness for African American students.

NSBA’s Council of Urban Boards of Education Announces 2019-2020 Leadership

Alexandria, Va. (April 4, 2019) – The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) elected leaders and new members to its Steering Committee during its annual business meeting on March 30th at NSBA’s Annual Conference.

NSBA Announces President ElizaBeth Branham and New Board Leadership

Alexandria, Va., (April 3, 2019) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announces its new president and board leadership for 2019-2020: ElizaBethBeth” Branham of South Carolina’s Lexington School District Two, President; Charlie Wilson of Ohio’s Worthington City Schools, President-elect; and Viola M. Garcia of Texas’ Aldine Independent School District, Secretary-Treasurer. 

Monday conference highlights

Monday video conference highlights can be viewed here

Education system fails Native American children

There’s a reason that Native American students consistently rank at the nation’s lowest level of student achievement – and it has nothing to do with the students themselves and everything to do with the failure of the education system, according to education consultant Meesha Brown.

Michele Gay: School safety lessons from tragedy

School safety advocate Michele Gay says she feels “compelled to share with folks and the country” the lessons she learned following the death of her 7-year-old daughter Josephine, a victim of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in 2012.

Gay, a former elementary school teacher, shared those lessons with attendees during Monday’s general session at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

Video highlights from NSBA's annual conference

More video highlights from NSBA's 2019 Annual Conference


NSBA's incoming president: The power of one

Never forget the power of one to turn hopes and dreams into reality, new NSBA President ElizaBeth “Beth” Branham told attendees at NSBA’s 79th Annual Conference in Philadelphia at the conference’s final general session on Monday.

“Each of us is just one. Just one of our country’s 90,000 school board members, just one of the hundreds of thousands of school leaders and educators,” Branham said. “And while those numbers seem large, and our collective power and voice is strong, we need to remember the power we each individually possess.”


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