Thursday, March 23, 2017

Illinois represented at
2017 NSBA conference

Keynote speakers at the conference will
include U.S. astronaut and Navy Captain Scott Kelly.
Illinois school officials will be well represented at this year’s National School Boards Association annual conference, to be held March 25-27 at the Colorado Conference Center in Denver. This year’s event is asking attendees to “Reach, Elevate, Inspire,” and the theme will be conveyed throughout conference activities.

In addition to nearly 400 school board members, administrators, and other school leaders in attendance, a number of Illinois school officials will share their insights on school governance, technology advancements, and other education-related topics during panel sessions. Illinois participants include the following districts:


  • Freemont School District 79 has three panels: “UBER-ization of Education: Strategic Leadership for Personalized Learning.” Presenters: Jill Gildea, superintendent; and Elizabeth Freeman, innovative learning director; “Creating Future-Focused, Student Centered Learning Spaces.” Presenters: Gildea, Freeman, and Jason Bonds, board president; and “Mindfulness 101: For the Overbooked and Over-Scheduled Board Member.” Presenters: Gildea, Freeman, and Bonds.
  • Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 also has three panels: “Partnering with Purpose: A Pathway to Trust.” Presenters: Paul Enderle, superintendent; Larry Fetchko, community liaison officer, Brian Nichols, board member; “Performance Contracting RFPs: An Alternative Approach” Presenters: Mike Loftin, assistant superintendent/chief school business official, Paul Andersen, director of buildings and grounds, Jay Lurquin, board member; “Supporting and Retaining New Teachers.” Presenters: Enderle and Kathy Gavin, assistant superintendent for curriculum, assessment, and family engagement.
  • Skokie/Morton Grove District 69, “Education Technology Luncheon: 22nd Century Practices for 21st Century Schools.” Presenter: Steve Dembo, vice president, school board.
  • Woodridge School District 68, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports-Improving Teaching and Learning through Creativity and Celebration.” Presenter: Justin Warnke, associate principal.

IASB staff will be featured panel presenters, as well, covering the topic of effective governance, and on the school board role in transforming the organizational climate.

Executive Director Roger Eddy will be leading the association presence at the NSBA conference, along with Carla Bolt, director of meetings management; Maryam Brotine, assistant general counsel; Laura Martinez, field services director; Chris Montrey, administrative assistant; Patrick Rice, field services director; Ben Schwarm, deputy executive director; Kimberly Small, general counsel; Cathy Talbert, associate executive director; and Barb Toney, field services director.

Rice will offer insights on Saturday afternoon at a panel on “The School Board Role in Transforming the Organizational Climate: A Look at PLCs.” Toney will present “New Board Member Bootcamp: Understanding Effective Governance.”

Participants from Illinois also will include IASB Vice President Joanne Osmond, who will serve on the NSBA policy and resolutions committee; and Treasurer Thomas Neeley, who will serve on the NSBA nominating committee.

Keynote speakers at the 2017 conference will include U.S. astronaut and Navy Captain Scott Kelly, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, and author Wes Moore.

Illinois districts are invited to the Illinois Reception on March 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Centennial D Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Denver Hotel.

More information about the 2017 NSBA Annual Conference is available on the conference website. Those looking to follow along with live updates should check #NSBAConf on Twitter, or download the conference app.

Click here to view the registration form.