Articles in the Announcements category

Online learning from T+L

BoardBuzz is excited to announce two online discussions that will take place during the T+L Conference in Seattle. These hot topic discussions are sure to get tongues wagging (or fingers typing, at least), so be sure to tune in!

It’s not all fun and games!
How schools can harness educational games for learning

It’s no secret that kids love video games. And even an recent article in the New York Times has highlighted the advantages that some games can present. But how can your school district find the best way to use these games? Log in and learn from expert Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, the educational benefits of using gaming in the classroom. Submit your questions now for this online discussion which will take place during NSBA’s T+L Conference, October 28, 1:00 p.m. PT.

Yours, Mine, and Ours
Ways school districts can make it work with students’ personal technology devices

With all the talk of one-to-one computing, school districts are working hard to find ways to put technology in every student’s hands. Why not let students use their own devices – laptops, ipods, voice recorders – in school to enhance their learning? Kathy Rains, Director of Technology, in the Madison (AL) City Schools will discuss the ups and downs, the challenges and opportunities, of these options and how school districts can make it work. Leave a question for Kathy or tune in live on Wednesday, October 29 at 1:00 p.m. PT.

And don’t forget, we’ll be on the west coast, so be sure to tune in during Pacific Time. We hope to see you (and your questions) there!

Erin Walsh|October 23rd, 2008|Categories: Announcements, Conferences and Events, Educational Technology, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

Let the learning begin . . .

We’re just about a week away from NSBA’s T+L Conference, and BoardBuzz wants to remind you to check out the conference blog. It’s already seen some action and is sure to pick up steam in the coming days.

And it’s not too late to attend the conference. Click here to learn more and find out how to attend. With keynote addresses from Paul Saffo, David Warlick, and Joe Caruso, as well as more than 200 sessions, a jam-packed exhibit hall, and special events, this conference is not to be missed!

Erin Walsh|October 20th, 2008|Categories: Announcements, Conferences and Events, Educational Technology, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, School Boards, Teachers|

What’s working in high schools . . . discuss

BoardBuzz is watching with interest the US News and World Report Education Summit taking place today in Washington, D.C. The summit, “America’s High Schools: What Works? What’s Next?” aims to examine the state of high school education.

Our own Anne L. Bryant, NSBA’s executive director, is participating in one of the panel discussions hosted at the summit. The discussion, “Business in the Classroom: Can Private / Public Partnerships Make Better Students?” centers around, “how businesses and educators can develop and apply skills in the classroom with teachers, counselors and students. Panel members will review lessons learned in building business / education coalitions and identify strategies to better recognize students’ needs, strengths, and barriers.” And you can watch it unfold live on C-SPAN2. Bryant’s panel discussion airs from 11:15 a.m. ET until 12:30.

Erin Walsh|October 20th, 2008|Categories: Announcements, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

Stand up and be counted

BoardBuzz thinks that there are few things more important than exercising your right to vote. And now we’ve caught wind of an upcoming event that allows some of our smallest citizens to be heard. The National Student/Parent Mock Election “seeks to turn the sense of powerlessness that keeps young Americans and their parents from going to the polls into a sense of the power of participation in our democracy,” according to the Web site.

On October 30, students and parents will cast their vote! And you can too! Click here to learn how. BoardBuzz also thinks you should check out the video message from retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, who supports the program.

So check it out and get involved! Let your voice be heard — and while you’re at it, cast your vote in the real election on November 4.

Erin Walsh|October 17th, 2008|Categories: Announcements, Governance, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

What can Brownsville do for you? (Version 2)

Well, it’s the best of times for the Brownsville Independent School District in Texas. Just two weeks ago, BoardBuzz told you about their success and celebtrating their accomplishment as the winner of the 2008 CUBE Award for School Board Excellence. And earlier today, they were awarded another prestigious award, the Broad Prize for Urban Education.

The Broad award gives a million dollars in scholarship money to the winning district for graduating high school seniors. Brownsville, in its first year as a finalist, was up against Miami-Dade; Aldine, Texas; Long Beach, California; and Broward County, Florida. Eli Broad, founder of the award and the Broad foundation said, “Brownsville is the best kept secret in America.”

BoardBuzz couldn’t agree more! For more information about Brownsville, check out our earlier posting and the article in the Urban Advocate. There’s so much we can learn from this distict, isn’t it worth taking a look at what they’ve done?

Erin Walsh|October 14th, 2008|Categories: Announcements, Governance, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, School Boards, Student Achievement, Teachers|

Bloggers on call!

It’s about that time again — NSBA’s T+L Conference is upon us and if you’re heading out Washington way, perhaps you’d like to lend your voice to BoardBuzz‘s conference blog.

It’s pretty easy — you go to the conference, you attend the sessions, you write about your experience on the blog. (Oh yeah, and you get the accolades of thousands of readers.)

If you want more information contact Colleen O’Brien at

Erin Walsh|October 14th, 2008|Categories: Announcements, Educational Technology, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

And… we’re back

It appears that BoardBuzz, in a blogging frenzy last week, accidentally threw a wrench into our RSS feed. Web standards are not something you want to cross–or bad things happen. Consortium has a sinister ring to it. Don’t you think?

But never fear! We’ve corrected the issue and you can catch up on our excellent entries from the previous week.

Erin Walsh|October 6th, 2008|Categories: Announcements, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

NSBA Announces “20 to Watch” as Leaders in Education Technology

The National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has announced its annual list identifying 20 emerging leaders in education technology. These individuals are recognized for championing technology initiatives that make a difference for students, teachers, school districts, and the greater education technology community.

A nationwide search was conducted to identify individuals who reflect the spirit of creativity and collaboration that embraces the power of technology to enhance learning for students, inspire colleagues, transform operations, and engage communities.

“Innovation in K-12 technology is the result of educators with the vision, passion, and natural curiosity to explore new tools and teaching strategies that transforms teaching and learning,” said Ann Flynn, director of education technology for NSBA. “Today, the exceptional accomplishments of these 20 individuals help us define our expectations for the role technology can play in the future. We hope this program inspires other educators to follow their lead and provides policy makers and school leaders with the insight they need to further support future innovation.” The 20 technology leaders will be recognized at NSBA’s annual technology and learning conference, T+L, which will take place Oct. 28-30, 2008 in Seattle. They will also be showcased in future NSBA education technology publications. For more information, please visit the T+L Conference Website.


Erin Walsh|October 2nd, 2008|Categories: Announcements, Educational Technology, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|

Read for the Record!

BoardBuzz is very excited to annouce Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign! Children and adults are reading together at homes, schools, libraries, stores and more with the goal of setting children on the track for success in both school and life.

Since 1933, Jumpstart has worked toward the day that every child in America can enter school prepared, but the current reality is that many children in low-income communities do not have appropiate books in thier homes to begin to succeed.

Read for the Record aims to fix this inequality; Because the number of books in a home is the strongest indicator of a child’s future reading ability, the campaign asks individuals or groups to buy a book to open the world of reading for children. All proceeds go directly to the Jumpstart program,which matches adult readers with children for a full year before they enter school.

This year’s book is Corduroy by Don Freeman, and the Pearson Foundation, both a founding partner of Jumpstart and a sponsor of Read for the Record, is providing more than 100,000 copies to children in low-income communities.

BoardBuzz encourages you to learn more at the campaign’s web site. Are you reading for the record and incorporating time to read with children? Let us know and leave us a comment… we’d love to know how you are taking part!

Erin Walsh|October 1st, 2008|Categories: Announcements, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Preschool Education|

Got milk?

It looks like some teenagers at three California high schools are embarking on a journey to find the answer to that question. As reported in The New York Times, academic classes are following the model of the popular television show “The Apprentice” and will develop ideas for the well-known “Got Milk?” campaign.

Over a period of about six weeks, these high school students will act as advertising agencies that are responsible for research, account managment, and strategy brainstorming with the ultimate objective being to increase milk consumption among the teenage population.

Students are responsible for designing ads and interactive campaigns to propose to the agency behind the milk campaign, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. The purpose of the campaign seems to benefit both parties; students get a fun and professional academic assignment, and the campaigns gets fresh creative input. Co-chair Jeff Gooby said:

“It kind of gets us out of having to create the advertising,” said a jocular Jeff Goodby, co-chairman at Goodby, Silverstein.

He continued, more seriously: “The idea is that it’s fine to involve people in the solution of problems. And people love to see if they can do as good a job as the professionals.”

For more information, be sure to check out the article. BoardBuzz was thrilled to hear of this educational opportunity and can’t wait to hear what ideas students pitch to the campaigns to take home the winning $2000 prize and the chance to see their ideas advertised across the nation.

Erin Walsh|October 1st, 2008|Categories: Announcements, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Student Achievement, Wellness|
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