Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Illinois at 2016 NSBA conference

Illinois school officials will be well represented at this year’s National School Boards Association Annual Conference, with more than 430 state education leaders expected to attend.

The 2016 NSBA Conference will take place April 9-11 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center. This year’s event is asking attendees to “Declare Excellence in Public Education,” and that theme will be conveyed throughout conference activities.

In addition to the hundreds of board members, administrators, and other school officials 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. Participating districts include:
  • Freemont School District 79, “Successful Ed-Tech Early Adoptions and Sustained Rollouts.” Presenters: Jill Gildea, superintendent; and Elizabeth Freeman, curriculum director.
  • Township High School District 214, “Transforming Learning for Teachers and Students in a 1:1 district.” Presenters: Rudy Gomez, district technology supervisor; and innovative technology facilitators Linda Ashida and Gabriella Stetz.
  • Maine Township High School District 207, “The Country’s Urgent Need for Better K-12 College and Career Counseling Now.” Presenter: Superintendent Ken Wallace.
  • Indian Creek School District 425, “Busting Board Bullying.” Presenters: Pamela Rockwood, superintendent; Vaughn Boehne, board president; and Pamela Ottengheime, board secretary.
  • Woodridge School District 68, “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports-Improving Teaching and Learning Through Creativitiy and Celebration.” Presenters: Justin Warnke, associate principal; and Thomas Ruggio, board president.
  • Northbrook School District 27, “Interest-Based Bargaining at its Best, A Culture of Collaboration that is Efficient and Effective.” Presenters: David Kroeze, superintendent; Theresa Fournier, assistant superintendent personnel and student services; Gella Meyerhoff, Northbrook Faculty Association president; and Helen Melick, board president.
  • Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123, “Parent University: Getting Parents to Become Active Participants in the Educational Conversation.” Presenter: Superintendent Paul Enderle.
IASB staff will be featured panel presenters, as well, covering the topics of superintendent searches, community engagement, and effective governance:

Executive Director Roger Eddy will be joined by Associate Executive Director Cathy Talbert and Board Development Consultant Angie Peifer to offer “Democracy, Community, and a Vision for Public Education.” The panel will delve into the history of public education, the role of school boards in communities, and the 21st Century vision for the public school system.

Barbara Toney, field services director for the North Cook, Lake, and DuPage divisions, will present “Understanding Effective Governance,” one of many panels at this year’s event that will focus on new board member training. IASB Executive Searches Consultant Thomas Leahy will be joined by staff from other state school board associations for a discussion titled “Superintendent Selection: Why you need to do it right,” offering the dos and don’ts of the administrative search process.

The 2016 NSBA Annual Conference keynote speakers will feature two TV journalists and a familiar public education advocate. Former CBS news anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather will kick off the first General Session on Saturday. On Sunday, ABC’s Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts will address conference guests during the second general session. And closing out the third general session on Monday afternoon will be author and Harvard University’s Innovation Lab Expert-in-Residence Tony Wagner.

Conference attendees should have no problem finding plenty of innovative professional development opportunities throughout the three-day event. Besides the workshops, panel sessions, and onsite visits to prominent local attractions, nearly 300 vendors will pack the Exhibit Hall. Guests can explore the Technology Innovation Pavilion, participate in NSBA’s Exhibit Exam Challenge, or take a break at the “Relax and Recharge Lounge.”

Illinois guests are also invited to the Central Region Reception on Saturday, April 9, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Grand Ballroom A-B at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel. Joining Illinois members at the joint reception will be board members from Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

More information about the 2016 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.