Friday, February 2, 2018

Division leadership series closes
with lively discussions

The 2017-2018 series of Division Leaders’ Workshops wrapped up in Naperville on January 27, with 42 division leaders gathering for motivation, networking, skill building, and recognition.

Previous events were held in September in Mt. Vernon and Springfield. All three of this year’s workshops welcomed Patrick S. Muhammad, an educator and speaker who brought light to leadership in an engaging, personal, and powerful way.

Speaker Patrick Muhammad
Opening the morning’s events, and quoting educator and civil rights activist Benjamin E. Mays, Muhammad introduced the poem that begins:

“I’ve only just a minute, 
Only sixty seconds in it.
Forced upon me, can’t refuse it,
Didn’t seek it, didn’t choose it,
But it’s up to me to use it.”

He used that to speak to several practical points on leadership, including “think five times before you speak,” and the value of smiling. To the delight of the participants, Muhammad presented an inspiring reflection on the theme of being a “lighthouse,” in and for the communities to which we belong.

In the afternoon activities, participants engaged in lively discussions about their titles, roles, and responsibilities within the IASB divisions. Each group -- chairs and vice chairs, resolutions chairs, directors, and directors-at-large -- worked together to be able to explain the position, what it means within the Association, and why it is important to the work of the division.

Lively conversations.
The second afternoon activity was designed to share ideas and best practices for the planning of Division Dinner Meetings, understanding that each division is unique but all can learn from the work of the others.

The Association has 21 geographic divisions. Serving in division leadership is ideal for school board members who wish to play a larger role in the Association. The Division Leadership Workshop was designed to inspire, to network, and to assist these leaders carrying out the responsibilities of their positions.

The 2018 Division Leaders' Workshop participants from Naperville.