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Articles tagged with C. Ed Massey

Video: NSBA’s Massey discusses leadership for new Discovery Education webinar series

Watch the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Immediate Past President C. Ed Massey discuss “adaptive leadership” — the first talk in a new school leadership webinar series by Discovery Education designed to feature innovative leaders in K-12 education. The webinar took place on Jan. 16 and is available online. Massey has served on the Kentucky’s Boone County Board of Education for more than 17 years.

Adaptive leadership is a new form of leadership and governance that accepts and embraces – rather than recoils from — change.

“Adaptive leadership means that we have to have the ability to lead through change,” Massey said.

Massey discussed the many challenges facing education leaders today, his personal take on adaptive leadership, and how educators can foster this style of leadership within their own schools.

Watch the webinar now.

Alexis Rice|January 23rd, 2014|Categories: School Boards, Announcements, Leadership, Key Work of School Boards|Tags: , , , |

NSBA’s Massey discusses leadership for new Discovery Education webinar series

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is taking part in a new webinar series by Discovery Education designed to feature innovative leaders in K-12 education.

The series debuts Jan. 16 at 7 p.m. EST with NSBA’s Immediate Past President C. Ed Massey leading a conversation on adaptive leadership. In this webinar, Massey will investigate the many challenges education leaders face today, discuss his personal definition of adaptive leadership, and propose how educators can foster this style of leadership within their own schools.2012-2013 - Massey_President_2 (large)

The monthly series, Leadership@NOW, is offered at no charge. The events are designed by Discovery Education to provide an opportunity for educators to interact with leaders experts to share their ideas about hot topics within education and learn from experiences. Topics discussed will include effective and adaptive leadership, emerging technologies, instructional techniques, planning for change, and impactful communication. Discovery Education is using technologies including Google Hangouts and Edmodo’s social learning platform “to provide real-world experience with these services as you interact with leaders making a difference in their districts and schools.”

Registration information and a schedule of future events can be found at


Joetta Sack-Min|January 15th, 2014|Categories: Governance, Announcements, Multimedia and Webinars, Educational Research, Leadership|Tags: , , , |

Videos: NSBA leaders address the 2013 Annual Conference

Check out the speeches from National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) leaders from the 2013 NSBA Annual Conference:

2013-2014 President David A. Pickler:

Our new President, Pickler, discussed the “New NSBA” to create “the most relevant and responsive organization possible as we advocate in Washington, D.C., in state capitols across this country, and in service of our state association members.” Pickler noted that the NSBA Board of Directors has focused significant energies over the past few years to reform, restructure, and create a stronger national organization for school boards.

2012-2013 President C. Ed Massey:

Adaptive leadership was the theme of Massey’s presidency this year, and in his final address as President of NSBA, he reflected on the changes this leadership has brought about. Massey discussed his travels during his presidency; he made it to 26 states and two countries – Finland and Estonia. In those places, he said, he met many people “with a passion for public education and the interest of children.” And while Finland may top the U.S. education system in some ways, “they can’t match us in creativity,” he said.

Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel:

Gentzel discussed the “New NSBA” and plans for NSBA to have a more assertive role in advocating for local school board governance, noting that state and federal officials are increasingly encroaching upon decisions best left to local school leaders. Gentzel unveiled NSBA’s new logo launching this summer.

Alexis Rice|May 15th, 2013|Categories: School Boards, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Opinions and Analysis, Legislative advocacy, Federal Advocacy, NSBA Annual Conference 2013|Tags: , , , , |

Massey reflects on “adaptive” year as NSBA President

Adaptive leadership was the theme of C. Ed Massey’s presidency this year, and in his final address as president of the National School Boards Association (NSBA), he reflected on the changes this leadership has brought about.

“We have adapted by selecting our new executive director and by creating the New NSBA,” he said at the Sunday session of NSBA’s annual conference.

Massey, who is a member of Kentucky’s Boone County school board, will become NSBA Past President Monday as NSBA President-elect David Pickler of Tennessee’s Shelby County school board takes the leadership role.

Massey reflected on his travels during his presidency; he made it to 26 states and two countries – Finland and Estonia. In those places, he said, he met many people “with a passion for public education and the interest of children.” And while Finland may top the U.S. education system in some ways, “they can’t match us in creativity,” he said.

He talked about his efforts to advocate for local control and mentioned the Local School Board Governance and Flexibility Act, a measure proposed by NSBA. The bill, H.R. 1386, is designed to protect local school district governance from unnecessary and counter-productive federal intrusion from the U.S. Department of Education.

He stressed the importance of advocating for school boards and public education at the state and federal level, suggesting that we tell our members of Congress, “we put you in office and if you don’t support public education, we’ll take you out.”

Now that his presidency is coming to an end, Massey said he will “continue to fight the fight for public education.” He is dedicated to continue to be “a lifelong learner to be an advocate for public education.”

Massey illustrated his adaptive leadership philosophy with a quote from John F. Kennedy: “Change is the law of life. Those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

He closed by telling the audience, “I hope I have made a difference in your life.”

Kathleen Vail|April 14th, 2013|Categories: Leadership, Legislative advocacy, NSBA Annual Conference 2013|Tags: , |

Video: NSBA President highlights Sunday’s Annual Conference schedule

Watch National School Boards Association’s 2013 Annual Conference message from President C. Ed Massey for April 14, 2013 highlighting today conference schedule.

UPDATE: Due to illness, National Teacher of the Year Rebecca Mielwocki is unable to join us in San Diego. We will have a new session in place of her workshop on Sunday. Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will speak on “Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow’s Teachers” at 1:30 p.m. in Ballroom 20A.

Alexis Rice|April 13th, 2013|Categories: School Boards, Multimedia and Webinars, NSBA Annual Conference 2013|Tags: , |

9/11 stitching ceremony features Byrne; national flag to be displayed at conference

Anne Byrne

A crowd of more than 400 watched Friday as some of the final stitches were sewn into the National 9/11 Flag in a ceremony that both commemorated the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks and reaffirmed the resilience and public spirit of America.

“We’re honored to display this flag … this symbol of the nation’s perseverance in the face of an unimaginable tragedy,” said National School Boards Association (NSBA) President C. Ed Massey in opening the ceremony at the NSBA conference.

Flying atop a building across the street, the 30-foot-long American flag was left in tatters after the collapse of the World Trade Center, and its white stripes were permanently stained gray by the billowing clouds of dust and ash that swept across Ground Zero.

In 2008, the New York Says Thank You Foundation began organizing events around the nation where citizens—particularly local service providers—helped patch the flag back together. NSBA’s conference is the last stop on a 50-state tour before the flag is put on display when the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens in New York City.

Some of the stitches that bind the flag together have poignant stories behind them, Jeff Parness, founder and chair of the foundation, told conference attendees. One stitch was sewn by a child whose father died in the terrorist attack, while another was sewn by an Arkansas father whose son died serving his country.

Also included in the flag are threads from the original Star Spangled Banner, the flag that flew over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812 and was the inspiration for the National Anthem. Other threads came from the flag that cradled President Abraham Lincoln’s head after he was shot at Ford’s Theater.

As part of the ceremony, retired New York City firefighters, a Navy commander, two San Diego elementary students, a staff member from U.S. Rep. Scott Peters’ office, a San Diego Padres’ executive, and NSBA Secretary-Treasurer Anne Byrne each added a stitch to the flag.

“I can’t tell you how overwhelmed I am by this honor and privilege,” said Byrne, who lives outside New York City and was the last person to add a stitch. “I lost a lot of friends, a lot of parents, a lot of alumni [in the tragedy.]”

In addition to sorrow, however, the attack also revealed the qualities of America, she said. “Americans came in droves to New York City to do whatever they could to help all of us, and we truly felt that out of the ashes of 9/11, America, all of you … had in your hearts that this was America that got hit, not just New York City. I want to say ‘thank you’ for coming to our aid on one of the darkest days I hope we ever face.”

That public spirit also will be highlighted in The 9/12 Generation Project, a sister initiative that Parness says will provide teachers with a framework to educate children about the terrorist attack. But instead of focusing only on the negative of 9/11, it also examines “the kindness, the humanity, the spirit” of volunteers who rushed to aid the city the day after the tragedy.

Attendees can learn more about the National 9/11 Flag and the efforts to restore it at and more about the 9/12 Generation Project at

Del Stover|April 12th, 2013|Categories: School Boards, NSBA Annual Conference 2013|Tags: , , |

NSBA board members find lessons in Finland’s schools

Three members of the National School Boards Association’s board of directors saw the well-regarded education system in Finland on a recent academic trip. And while the two countries have major differences, there are some important lessons school boards can take away from the Scandanavian schools, said NSBA President C. Ed Massey.

Massey joined a group of researchers and educators from Northern Kentucky University for a guided tour of Finnish schools, where they saw classrooms from early education to postsecondary and career training. He invited fellow NSBA board members David A. Pickler, NSBA’s President-Elect and a school board member from the Shelby County School Board in Memphis, and Kevin E. Ciak, a school board member from the Saylorsville School District in New Jersey, to join the tour.

Massey noted that the country emphasizes the importance of education by giving all children access to high-quality schools from age one through college—and the government pays for it all.

“The biggest thing that struck me was that they only hire the best teachers,” said Massey, a member of the Boone County, Ky., school district’s board of education. “A teacher cannot be hired unless they have a master’s degree, and then they are treated as consummate professionals, on the same rank as a doctor or lawyer.”

Members of NSBA's Board of Directors pose with Bruce J. Oreck, U.S. Ambassador to Finland, on their recent trip. From left, NSBA President-Elect David A. Pickler, Oreck, NBSA President C. Ed Massey, and Kevin E. Ciak.

Students in Finland also learn three languages through immersion by the time they leave elementary school. One thing that schools do not have is sports teams—popular pastimes such as hockey take place in clubs after school. And the schools provide a free lunch for all students, regardless of their families’ income level.

Each school is run by a “counsel” made up of administrators, teachers, and parents, Massey said. A school district is governed by a municipal education board, where members are appointed by the country’s Ministry of Education.

There are some important differences between Finland and the United States that make any comparisons unfair, Massey noted. For one, the country only has about 5.5 million people and 540,000 students—much smaller than even Kentucky, which has more than 670,000 students. The population is largely homogeneous with very little immigration, Massey said, noting that there are 59 different languages spoken within Boone County’s student population.

And—perhaps the most significant difference–Finland pays for all its educational services by taxing its residents at much higher rates than U.S. governments, he added.


Joetta Sack-Min|April 4th, 2013|Categories: Governance, Teachers, School District Reorganization, Preschool Education, Educational Research, School Reform, Board governance, Student Achievement, 21st Century Skills, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|Tags: , , , , , |

School boards look for more ways to cut budgets as sequester becomes reality

With across-the-board federal cuts taking effect today through sequestration, school boards will need to make tough budget decisions to account for the decrease in federal education funding. As school boards begin to craft budgets for the 2013-14 school year, the National School Boards Association (NSBA) is calling for Washington leaders to work out a deal to ensure schools are able to continue programs and avoid teacher and staff layoffs.

“Congress and the Obama administration must act now to alleviate these cuts to education before school districts have to issue pink slips and inform parents that vital programs and resources are going to be cut,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “These new federal cuts to education will push back the progress our school districts have made in student achievement. School districts are going to have to make difficult choices as they develop their budgets for the next school year, and for years to come as the cuts continue.”

More than 700 school boards have passed resolutions urging Congress to avoid the sequestration process, which will now impose across-the-board cuts of about 5 percent to education and other domestic programs beginning in FY2013. Nationwide, K-12 programs and Head Start would face almost a $3 billion reduction for Fiscal Year 2013, according to the White House. These new cuts are an additional reduction to federal funding for education, as K-12 education programs were already reduced on the federal level with cuts to education funding in Fiscal Year 2011.

According to Feb. 14 written testimony by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Title I federal grants for disadvantaged students would be cut by $726 million, reducing instructional support to almost 1.2 million educationally disadvantaged children and eliminating more than 10,000 teachers and aides, and special education funding would be reduced by $579 million, shifting those costs to states and school districts. These federal budget cuts are scheduled to continue through 2021 and will have a substantial effect on our schools, eroding the base of funding for key programs year after year.

Earlier this week, NSBA President C. Ed Massey, a school board member for the Boone County Schools in Florence, Ky., was featured on NPR discussing the impact to his school district from sequestration noting that he expects to see a significant hit — between $1.1 and $1.3 million to Boone County Schools which would be a loss of approximately 15 teachers.

Joetta Sack-Min|March 1st, 2013|Categories: Uncategorized, Federal Programs, Board governance, Student Achievement, Policy Formation, Budgeting, Federal Advocacy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Education leaders discuss sequestration’s impact to public education

National School Boards Association (NSBA) President C. Ed Massey participated in a Feb. 27 press conference call to rally against the scheduled federal budget cuts, known as the sequester, that are schedule to take place on Friday. The call was organized by the Committee for Education Funding, a coalition of 100 national education organizations including NSBA, to highlight the planned program cuts and teacher layoffs that will occur if Congress does not intervene.

Massey’s school district, the Boone County Schools in Florence, Ky., would see particular impact on programs for disadvantaged programs. The 20,000-student school district will have to eliminate about 15 jobs funded by Title I grants and will have to scale back programs that help struggling students learn to read by providing reading coaches in classrooms.

“In those areas where we struggle the most, those are the areas where we will be hardest hit,” Massey said. “This takes away [disadvantaged students’] resources to make progress in this very competitive world we live in.”

On that call, CEF Executive Director Joel Packer said that the sequester would lead to the largest education cuts ever at the federal level, and would bring the total K-12 budget back to the level of the fiscal year 2004 budget.

Packer noted that Head Start, which provides early education services to low-income children, would see immediate cuts that would eliminate slots for about 70,000 children and cut 10,000 teacher jobs.

The U.S. Department of Education would see cuts of $2.5 billion, but because all K-12 programs except for Impact Aid are funded for the next school year, the effect of the cuts would not be seen until the 2013-14 school year.

Joetta Sack-Min|February 27th, 2013|Categories: Educational Legislation, Federal Programs, Educational Finance, Policy Formation, Budgeting, Legislative advocacy, Federal Advocacy|Tags: , , , , , |

Kentucky district reassesses role of resource officers after Conn. shootings

Boone County Schools in Kentucky, home of National School Boards Association President C. Ed Massey, was featured in a Bloomberg story last week on the timely issue of arming school officials.

The National Rifle Association spurred a controversy on December 21 when it called for armed security guards in every U.S. public school in light of the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in Connecticut.

Boone County Schools has hired nine sheriff’s deputies, armed with Glock .40-caliber pistols and tasers, to patrol its 23 schools, according to Bloomberg. The school board determined the policy after a 17-year-old high school junior killed his parents and two sisters, then held a class hostage at his high school.

While the focus has been on preventing violence at the middle and high schools, Superintendent Randy Poe told Bloomberg that the district is considering shifting some of its officers’ time to elementary schools. “It’s a new day,” Poe said. “You have to think differently here.”

Boone County was also featured in a Dec. 23 story by the New York Post on the school safety.



Joetta Sack-Min|December 27th, 2012|Categories: Governance, Bullying, High Schools, Crisis Management, School Security, Board governance, Budgeting|Tags: , , |
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