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NSBA’s 2013 Annual Conference to feature Geena Davis, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Diane Ravitch

Registration and housing for the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) 73rd Annual Conference, to be held April 13 to 15 in San Diego, is now open. Join more than 5,000 school board members and administrators for an event with hundreds of sessions, workshops, and exhibits that will help your school district programs and help you hone your leadership and management skills.

General Session speakers include Academy Award winning speaker Geena Davis, who will be speaking about her work off-screen as founder of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Davis works with film and television creators to reduce gender stereotyping and increase the number of female characters in media targeted for children 11 and under. She will explain how media plays a key role in children’s development, and how her organization is making a difference.

Television star Neil deGrasse Tyson, one of the world’s most engaging and passionate science advocates, will headline Sunday’s General Session. From PBS to NASA to Presidential Commissions, organizations have depended on Tyson’s down-to-earth approach to astrophysics. He has been a frequent guest on “The Daily Show”, “The Colbert Report”, R”eal Time with Bill Maher”, and “Jeopardy!”. Tyson hopes to reach “all the people who never knew how much they’d love learning about space and science.”

Monday’s General Session features acclaimed researcher and author Diane Ravitch, who has become one of the most passionate voices for public schools. Her most recent book, The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, makes the case that public education today is in peril and offers a clear prescription for improving public schools.

Learn more about the common core standards, new research on differentiated learning styles, and teaching “unteachable” children at the Focus On lecture series. Learn about new technologies for your classrooms as part of the Technology + Learning programs.

Special discounted rates are available for early registrants who sign up by Jan. 10, 2013. NSBA National Affiliate and Technology Leadership Network Districts save even more.

View the conference brochure for more details. Be sure to check the Annual Conference website for updates and more information.



Showcasing education innovation

Check out the National School Boards Association’s Director of Education Kanisha Williams-Jones and Director of Exhibits Karen Miller on Education Talk Radio this morning discussing innovations in education and previewing session topics and our exhibit hall at our upcoming Annual Conference in Boston, April 21-23.

This year’s Annual Conference is full of education innovation and will feature keynote speeches by CNN news anchor Soledad O’Brien, Khan Academy founder Sal Khan, and Harlem Children’s Zone President Geoffrey Canada. More than 5,000 school board members, administrators, and other educators are expected to attend.

There will be more than 200 sessions on topics that are critically important to school leaders and the conference will feature one of the largest educational expositions with more than 300 companies showcasing the latest in innovative products and services for school districts.


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Alexis Rice|March 15th, 2012|Categories: School Boards, 21st Century Skills, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, NSBA Annual Conference 2012|Tags: , , |

The importance of school board professional development

Check out the  Education Talk Radio show from Friday, January 13, 2012 with National School Board Association‘s Executive Director Anne L. Bryant discussing our upcoming 2012 Annual Conference in Boston and the importance of school board professional development and leadership.

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Alexis Rice|January 13th, 2012|Categories: School Boards, Teachers, Conferences and Events, Educational Technology, Multimedia and Webinars, Leadership, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Technology Leadership Network, NSBA Annual Conference 2012|Tags: , , , |

San Francisco bound! (public domain image)Besides providing you with award-winning coverage of education news, trends and analysis through the pages of ASBJSchool Boards News, and other publications, one of NSBA’s key offerings is its annual conference, which officially kicks off this week in San Francisco.

We hope to see you here, but if not, the entire publications staff has been dispatched to the Golden Gate City to provide you with the next best thing: real-time reporting of the informative sessions and workshops featured in this multi-day extravaganza of knowledge sharing and networking.

Find out, for example, the hot topics in school law, how to form a collaborative working relationship with your union, and what you can do to promote a positive school climate.

You’ll also get a front row seat to conference speakers former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , bestselling author Daniel Pink, and knowledge ecomist authority Juan Enriquez

Follow us here through Monday, for all this more.

Naomi Dillon|April 7th, 2011|Categories: Student Achievement, American School Board Journal|Tags: , |

Anchors away . . . attendees at NSBA Annual Conference ship off to the Navy

So what do school board members, superintendents, and other education leaders across the nation have in common with the Navy?  Education, games and simulations!

The Navy and other military branches work hard to connect with today’s students and schools to provide resources across the country through their ROTC and outreach programs.  Although, ROTC programs are such a huge benefit to students, they don’t always get the attention and support they deserve when it comes to the education system.  Why?  The obvious answer is that schools have so many mandates and bench marks to hit that often time’s result in additional programs losing their much deserved attention despite their benefits to the education system and student learning and development.  We’ve seen this happen again and again with music and art programs as funding and staff are scaled-back, and with after-school programs, outreach and volunteer programs in schools when there are staffing shortages.  So with the military’s support of education, their outreach to schools, and their effective use of technology in their own education and training efforts why aren’t schools tapping this readily accessible and mutually beneficial relationship more often?  Well, a group of Annual Conference attendees will be participating in a site visit to a naval base on Coronado, just outside downtown San Diego to answer that question.  The Navy will share what they have been doing to ensure that the fluency of their highly trained squadrons remain informed, experienced, and safe.  How do they do this? The answer is simple – technology, education, and continued professional development.  

Games and simulations are not new to training in the military.  The Army and Marines use it to simulate the experiences that their infantry officers will encounter while in combat.  The belief is that the more times a soldier is exposed to situation the more clearly they will be able to navigate the challenges and ensure the safety of their men and those they are there to protect.  NSBA aims to demonstrate how this very same idea can be applicable in the classroom by exposing students to simulations and games around biology, anthropology, math, spelling, and grammar.  S.T.E.M. is a hot topic in education today and games and simulations hit all four parts of the initiative: Science.Technology.Engineering.Math.  Is it possible for games and simulations to bring S.T.E.M. to life and maybe encourage more young girls to explore the fields of science, technology, math and engineering?  The statistics are promising. 

Simulations are used in the military because they are the most realistic way to bring to life the words on the pages of the books that were written to train and protect our soldiers.  Reading something and experiencing it are two totally different realms of learning and retention.  If a pilot reads about how to land a plane or do a night-trap (landing a plane at night on a ship) they may understand the concept but would they feel affluent and confident enough to get in a plane and try it without first having the safety of a simulator to practice?  The same is true for how students learn.  People learn by doing.  Adolescences learn to drive and car by driving on their permit under the watch of their parents.  A pilot learns to fly by testing their wings out in a simulator first.  A doctor learns to operate on a cadaver.  To provide students with the ability to get their hands dirty and learn by doing is an invaluable gift that hopefully more schools will explore.   Games and simulations provide that access across the curriculum and grade levels. 

NSBA’s site visit with the Navy will demonstrate the amazing efforts and honorable mission of the Navy as well as their utilization of games and simulations in education.  To learn more about the visit please stop by our website and to find out more about the Navy and their ROTC efforts and use of simulations please visit their website.

We hope to see you in San Diego!

Colleen O'Brien|March 30th, 2009|Categories: Conferences and Events, Educational Technology, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|Tags: , , , , |
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