Thursday, September 14, 2017

Division leaders’ workshop focus
is on roles, practices, governance

Small group discussions were included on roles
within IASB divisions and shared concepts and practices.
Kicking off the first of three leadership workshops targeted toward IASB division officers, the Springfield event saw nearly twenty board members gather on a Saturday. In addition to a focus on improving leadership skills, the training allows members serving in leadership positions to collaborate with colleagues on best practices and be recognized for their service to the Association.

“The purpose of the event is to provide division officers with an additional professional development opportunity as they help the Association achieve its mission and goals,” said Reatha Owen, field services director for the Blackhawk, Central Illinois Valley, Corn Belt, and Western Divisions.

To begin the day, participants were treated to the engaging and energetic words of a guest speaker
The Springfield workshop drew nearly 20 division leaders.
with deep ties to Illinois. Patrick Muhammad grew up in East St. Louis. A standout athlete, he went on to graduate and attend Kentucky State University. After moving to Georgia, Muhammad entered the classroom as a teacher and later earned his Masters in Educational Leadership from Georgia State University. He would become an assistant principal and complete his Education Specialist in Educational Leadership.

Speaking about the importance of leadership, Muhammad stressed that true leadership is about who you inspire.

Muhammad went on to explain, “Leadership has nothing to do with titles or seniority. Leadership has nothing to do with personal attributes. Leadership isn’t management. Managers manage things. Leaders lead people.”

After a quick lunch, division leaders were tasked with defining what their position means within the association, why it is important, and how it impacts member districts.

They also had an opportunity for small group discussion on their roles within IASB divisions and shared concepts and practices that they have found beneficial for their divisions as well as sharing their success stories.

Additional division leadership workshops are scheduled for Sep. 16 in Mt. Vernon, and Jan. 27 in Naperville. Additional division leadership workshops are scheduled for Sep. 16 in Mt. Vernon, and Jan. 27 in Naperville. Registration is available only to division officers. IASB has 21 geographic divisions that divisions serve as a basis for Association governance and service delivery.