Thousands of school board members, administrators, and educators will convene in New Orleans to take part in the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 74th Annual Conference, April 5-7, 2014. The theme of this year’s conference is “Transforming Leadership,” and will focus on inspiring and equipping school leaders to become agents of change in their districts toward creating more dynamic and empowering public schools across the country.
More than 250 programming sessions will be featured highlighting timely education topics, including: school governance and executive leadership; innovations in district management; legal and legislative advocacy; professional and personal development; school board/superintendent partnerships; student achievement and accountability; and how technology is transforming schools and learning. Special programming will focus on providing essential skills and insights to new board members.
“The 2014 NSBA Annual Conference fosters growth to help school leaders move education forward for America’s schoolchildren,“ said NSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel. “School leaders can then take back to their communities the leadership and education strategies they learned to improve school district management and advance student success.”
Keynote speakers at the General Sessions will include:
- Thomas L. Friedman, best-selling author of The World is Flat” and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times,
- Sir Ken Robinson, one of the world’s leading experts on creativity, education and the arts, and
- Simon T. Bailey, leadership catalyst and author of several books on personal growth and organizational excellence, including, Release Your Brilliance: The 4 Steps to Transforming Your Life and Revealing Your Genius to the World.
Expanded education technology programming will include site visits to the National World War II Museum, St. Charles Parish Public Schools, Southeastern Louisiana University’s Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station, and the Holy Cross Project Visitor Center. The meeting also includes the “NSBA Campus,” one of the largest K-12 educational expositions in the nation. More than 260 companies will showcase their innovative products and services for school districts at the 40,000 square-foot conference exhibit hall, which will be transformed to create a “back-to-school” experience.