Monday, April 12, 2010

National School Boards Association Annual Conference

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) 70th Annual Conference convened Friday - Monday, April-9-12, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. More than 5,000 school board Trustees and leaders from across the country, many with their Superintendents, participated.

I was pleased to have the opportunity attend.

A sample of many informative work sessions and discussions includes the following:
  • Focus on Strengthening Public Education - Diane Ravitch
  • Ethics, Board Meetings, and the Role of a School Board Member
  • Board Member Leadership Training
  • Focus on Getting Accountability Right - Richard Rothstein
  • Dig Deeper, Dig In: Questions and Answers about Accountability
  • General Session (Value student curiosity)   - Charlie Rose
  • General Session ((Lessons learned from America's music)- Wynton Marsalis
  • National Black Caucus - Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) - Geoffrey Canada, President
  • Urban Advocacy Skills Building
  • Leadership Training - Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) 
  • Broadening the Student Health Debate - Social Determinants of Health
  • Superintendent Succession and Transition Planning: Research Findings and Best Practices
  • Building a Culture of Trust
    The sessions with Diane Ravitch and Richard Rothstein were especially informative.

    Conference highlights included student performances and the presentation of the National Teacher of the Year Award.

    In addition to being a valuable source of ideas and strategies, school board conferences offer workshops that provide insights into the many challenges facing urban school districts.

    The theme for this year's conference was "Count Us In."