Byrne set to take reins of NSBA with focus on student achievement

Anne M. Byrne isn’t afraid to have crucial conversations about school improvement. As a school board member for more than 30 years on the Nanuet Union Free School District, Byrne has always focused on closing the achievement gap and putting the students in her district first. Byrne acknowledged she thinks high expectations are essential not […]

Staff|April 7th, 2014|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2014|Tags: , |No Comments|

Pickler looks back on his presidency

David Pickler, NSBA’s 2013-14 President, gave an overview of his year at the Second General Session on Sunday at NSBA’s Annual Conference. “We said, nearly a year ago, that if we did not have a seat at the table, we could find ourselves on the menu,” he said. “We realized the power of our board […]

Kathleen Vail|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Federal Advocacy, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, Public Advocacy, School Boards|Tags: , , , , , , , |No Comments|

Video: NSBA Annual Conference TV for April 6

Check out today’s NSBA Annual Conference TV that highlights Friday and Saturday activities at the conference.

Alexis Rice|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Annual Conference 2014|Tags: |No Comments|

Schools need diversity, not conformity, says Sir Ken Robinson

Our schools no longer serve our children, according to creativity expert Sir Ken Robinson. “Our current system is based on the conformity principal,” he said. “But human life thrives on diversity.” Robinson was the keynote speaker at NSBA’s second general session on Sunday. He told attendees that we are inherently diverse, born with “deep talents.” […]

Kathleen Vail|April 6th, 2014|Categories: NSBA Annual Conference 2014|Tags: , , , |No Comments|

Video: NSBA’s President-Elect previews the final day at the 2014 Annual Conference

On the preview video for the last day of the National School Boards Association’s 2014 Annual Conference, NSBA President-Elect Anne M. Byrne introduces the “new and unconventional” morning General Session, which features three speakers: Bestselling author Nikhil Goyal will present the student’s perspective on transforming schools; education and technology consultant Angela Maiers will share how […]

Alexis Rice|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Leadership, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, School Boards|Tags: , |No Comments|

NSBA highlights international student travel concerns

Mark Blom Senior Staff Attorney for National School Boards Association (NSBA) presented a preview of a comprehensive policy guide for school boards on International Student Travel (IST), during a session on “What School Boards Need to Know About Student Travel” held Sunday, April 6 at the NSBA’s 2014 Annual Conference in New Orleans. It is […]

Alexis Rice|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Leadership, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, School Boards, Student Engagement, Teachers|Tags: , , , |No Comments|

Wrestling with difficult people

In a Sunday session entitled “Working with Difficult People is like Wrestling Gators in the Bayou!”, attendees at NSBA’s Annual Conference learned that when people move out of their comfort zone, they tend to become either more aggressive or more passive. Given the challenges in public education and the pace of change, it’s inevitable that […]

Eric D. Randall|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Governance, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, School Boards|Tags: , , |No Comments|

NSBA previews student data privacy in the cloud policy guide

The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Council of Student Attorneys (COSA) Director Sonja Trainor for presented a preview of a comprehensive policy guide for school boards during a session entitled, “Cloud Computing and Student Privacy,” on Sunday, April 6 at the NSBA’s 2014 Annual Conference in New Orleans. The policy guide, which focuses on the tug-of-war between […]

Staff|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Educational Technology, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, School Law|Tags: , , , |No Comments|

‘The Butler’ author tells the story of a patriot

In a gripping and surprising story about the origin of a gripping and surprising story, Washington Post reporter Wil Haygood told an audience at NSBA’s Annual Conference on Sunday how an encounter with three unhappy women in North Carolina led to his book about Eugene Allen, the black man who served eight presidents. Allen was […]

Eric D. Randall|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Diversity, NSBA Annual Conference 2014|Tags: , , , , |No Comments|

Hispanic Caucus breakfast speaker urges school boards to ‘flip the narrative’

School boards have an opportunity to help “flip the narrative” about Hispanic Americans and create a healthier sense of identity for the 12.4 million Hispanic students attending public K-12 schools. That was the message of journalist Maria Hinojosa at a Sunday breakfast meeting of the National Hispanic Caucus of School Board Members at NSBA’s Annual […]

Kathleen Vail|April 6th, 2014|Categories: Immigrants, NSBA Annual Conference 2014, School Boards|Tags: , , , , |No Comments|
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