National School Boards Association (NSBA) President C. Ed Massey and Executive Director Anne L. Bryant will join school board leaders and educators from 41 states and more than 100 school districts for the U.S. Department of Education’s second Labor Management Conference.
The event, Collaborating to Transform the Teaching Profession, is designed to share innovative ideas and successful policies that strengthen the teaching profession, from recruiting new candidates to retaining talent already in the classroom. NSBA is a co-sponsor of the conference, to be held May 23 and 24 in Cincinnati.
The Education Department, joined by NSBA and other partners, produced a document, “Transforming the Teaching Profession,” which outlines steps that states, school districts, and the federal government must take to recruit, prepare, and support teachers through their careers. The document addresses conditions for successful teaching and learning, teacher compensation, professional development, and community engagement, among other strategies.
Bryant will speak about the formation of this document and on the school board’s role during the opening panel session on May 23.
“Teachers have a tremendous impact on student achievement and the overall school environment, and school boards across the country want new ways to improve the profession and attract the best candidates,” Bryant said. “NSBA is pleased to be a cosponsor again this year so that we can further these discussions and build on the work that we began during last year’s conference.”
Representatives from Massey’s school district, Boone County Schools in Florence, Ky., also will attend the conference. District officials recently negotiated a plan with its teachers union to forego raises to avoid layoffs.
“I am looking forward to collaborating with other school district leaders and national groups to share experiences and find ways to build better labor-management agreements that will benefit all students and school staff,” Massey said. “This conference provides a unique opportunity to meet with other colleagues and experts from around the country.”
Participants from NSBA and state school boards associations include:
- C. Ed Massey, NSBA President & Vice Chairman, Boone County Board of Education
- Timothy C. Duffy, Executive Director, Rhode Island Association of School Committees
- Patrice McCarthy, Deputy Director and General Counsel, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education
- Nathan W. Burbidge, Counsel, Utah School Boards Association
- Timothy Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
- Renee Fambro, Deputy Director of Labor Relations, Ohio School Boards Association
- Anne L. Bryant, NSBA Executive Director
The following participants are also attending as part of their state teams:
- William G. Scott, Executive Director, Kentucky School Boards Association
- Stephen R. Dale, Executive Director, Vermont School Boards Association
A complete list of participating school districts is available at: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/2012-labor-management-conference-showcase-local-work-strengthening-teaching-prof