Support our Schools AZ named 2017 Advocate of the Year

ASBA presented the 2017 Advocate of the Year Award to Support our Schools AZ during the Legislative Workshop earlier this month. ASBA typically presents this award to a member who shows exemplary dedication to advocating on behalf of public schools. This year, many ASBA members were involved in SoS AZ’s efforts to refer vouchers to the ballot. The advocates of SoS AZ collectively awakened a grassroots army of volunteers dedicated to supporting and preserving public education. ASBA is proud to recognize them collectively as ASBA’s 2017 Advocate of the Year.

Crane Elementary students win Be the Change Video Contest

Fifty students from Crane Elementary School will meet 2017 ASBA-ASA Annual Conference keynote speaker Ravi Huthseeing for an exclusive educational and motivation presentation designed just for them on the Grand Canyon University campus in Phoenix. This experience also includes a catered lunch and small group campus tours, led by GCU student leaders.

ASBA welcomes three new faces to the organization

Leigh Jensen, ASBA Governmental Relations Associate

ASBA is excited to welcome three new staff members to the team. Leigh Jensen has filled the government relations analysist position. Her recent experience includes a legislative internship and professional responsibilities with a Phoenix-based political consulting firm. Having just completing her Master of Public Policy degree at Arizona State University, she is ready for the new opportunities here at ASBA. We look forward to her assisting our government relations and Friends of ASBA efforts.

Julie Bacon, ASBA Leadership Development Specialist

ASBA is pleased to announce that Julie Bacon will be joining the association staff on Jan. 2 as a leadership development specialist. In this new role, Bacon will support continuing education and leadership growth for board members through the ASBA Academy of Board Development, program planning for key workshops, conferences and events, and the ASBA Leadership Lab, an exclusive year-long experience, launching in Spring 2018, for board members who want to grow their knowledge base, leadership competencies, advocacy skills and network to extend their influence and impact within and beyond their local communities. She will also assist with other board support services, including custom board trainings. Bacon holds a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University and a master’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently she managed special projects as an independent contractor for Children’s Action Alliance, including developing and leading a yearlong leadership academy. Bacon has served on the Paradise Valley Unified School District since 2011 and the ASBA Board of Directors since 2014. She will resign her seat on the ASBA board when her term as president expires in December.

Katie Link, ASBA Receptionist/Admin Support

Katie Link is ASBA’s newest employee. She is the new front receptionist/clerical support, and comes to ASBA from Paradise Valley USD as their before/after school care manager. She is excited to learn and grow in her new position. Please welcome her when you speak to her or see her at our next conference.

Town Hall focuses conversation on crisis surrounding PreK-12 funding - Participants speak up

Armed with recommendations from over 30 community programs around the state, Town Hall participants wasted little time making news and building on the momentum to address the crisis surrounding preK-12 funding. To read the Final Recommendations Report, click here.

Bylaw deadline nearing – one week away

Electronic voting for bylaws closes at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Please note ASBA emailed a REVISED model agenda and summary of the proposed changes. Please ensure you use these REVISED documents when considering how you will vote on the proposals.

The board’s one designee may be a member of the board, the board secretary or the superintendent. The designee will click on the provided link to submit the results of the board vote, including the date on which the board took action.

2017 Emergency Preparedness and School Safety Annual Conference

The Arizona Department of Education is hosting the 2017 Emergency Preparedness and School Safety Annual Conference on December 6 – 7, 2017 at the Black Canyon Conference Center in Phoenix, Arizona. View track descriptions and full agenda by clicking here.

Board Docs helps district increase community transparency and advancement of strategic plan

Earlier this month, Board Docs hosted a live webinar featuring the Cottonwood-Oak Creek School District. The district was able to share their experience with the Board Docs services which helped the district increase transparency with teachers and parents, and document the blueprint for continuous advancement for the district’s strategic plan. View the webinar now.

ASBA Events

ASBA-ASA 60th Annual Conference, Dec. 13-15, 2017

Register now! This year’s Annual Conference will provide thought provoking general session speakers, informative breakout sessions on best school practices, award recognition for excellence in education and the opportunity to interact with over 100 exhibitors that provide products and services for your schools.

Don’t forget about the Annual Pre-Conference which is designed to give districts give district leadership teams the information and resources they need to move from data to action! Participants will imagine what their districts and schools could be while seeking ways to operate from where they are using the lenses of school board leadership and the imperative to use data-driven decision making. Network and learn from colleagues across Arizona and engage with experts in an interactive day of learning.

View the agenda.

Board Operations and Leadership Training Seminar – Registration open
A leadership-focused professional development opportunity

ASBA is pleased to bring you a special opportunity to embark on the path to grow as a school board member. BOLTS seminars are provided in Tucson, January 26, 2018; Phoenix, January 31, 2018 and Flagstaff, February 2, 2018 which focus on leadership topics for school boards and superintendents. A special track for administrative assistants is back by popular demand!

General session topics include:

What is Local Control & Why Do We Have It?

Is Your Board Meeting Too Long?

Don’t Press Your Luck: Not all open meeting law violations are black and white.

Whose Job Is It Anyway? Board members, superintendents and administrative staff all have a role to play before, during and after board meetings.

Executive Session: What You Need to Know

How to “Do No Harm” in the Boardroom PLUS more

Register today.

AZEDNews Featured Stories