Thursday, February 2, 2017

Many topics on tap
at Division Dinner Meetings

School leaders will find a wide range of topics to explore at IASB’s 2017 spring division dinner meetings.

The meetings begin Thursday, March 2, and conclude Thursday, March 30.

A briefing for school board candidates, to be presented as a panel session or pre-dinner session, will be held at each of IASB’s 21 divisions. This will include an overview of the roles and responsibilities of an elected school board member.

School safety will be a topic at six division meetings. Brad Ware, community outreach specialist from the Federal Bureau of Investigation field office in Springfield, will share information about the FBI’s resources for schools and school security. Mia Ray Langheim, school intelligence officer for the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center Office, will discuss improving school safety through lessons learned.

Student performance topics will highlight nine other divisions: Student assessments for all learners (Donna McCaw), How to win staff and influence school system success (Patrick Muhammad), Online learning: a successful alternative for meeting student course needs (Cindy Hamblin), The Illinois assessment and accountability picture (Jennifer Garrison), Redefining ready (David R. Schuler), and Meeting the needs of high ability and gifted students (Amanda Davey).

Other topics include collective bargaining, student discipline, school funding, and school referenda campaigns. 
Each division dinner meeting also offers networking opportunities and updates from Association staff and division directors and chairpersons. Attendance at division dinner meetings earns participants five points in IASB’s Master Board Member Program.

While the candidates’ briefing is free, online registration and payment is required for any candidates attending the dinner. District superintendents or secretaries should update their district roster in the IASB member database to include candidates prior to registration.

Event Profiles are available
on the Events Calendar.
Brochures detailing the agenda, presenters, dates, times, and locations are being mailed to districts and are now posted at the IASB online Events Calendar. All registrations must be completed online. Payment may be made by credit card or billed if the district provides its P.O. number. Registration fees will be refunded only for cancellations received two days prior to the meeting.

Questions can be directed to the IASB field services support staff assigned to each division.
Presentations on school safety, student performance, and information for school board candidates are among the highlights.