Are you managing diversity or leading for equity?

Come learn about the process in one-day interactive preconference

This highly interactive, arts-infused pre-conference along with a musical performance will take attendees through all key phases in a systemic process for achieving greater equity in your schools and district.

The day-long pre-conference will be led by engaging experts with deep and diverse backgrounds and proven success in education equity and systemic outcomes. Topics will include identifying deeper causes of “the gaps,” determining your current state related to equity, the student engagement component and the school teams process.

Gary Howard, the author of “You Can’t Lead Where You Won’t Go,” has worked with public school district leaders nationwide in the work of personal, professional and systemic transformation for the purpose of achieving equity in our schools.

Tucson-based Wade Colwell-Sandoval is a veteran educator, devoted “artivist,” and national lead consultant on Deep Equity and student aspirations, who uses cultural/creative modalities like hip-hop music and movement in his work.

Benjie Howard is founder of New Wilderness Project, a musical performance group and arts-based education program focused on developing youth leadership for equity and social justice.

Register here.

School board members seized the opportunity to meet with legislators during annual “Lobby Day”

ASBA hosted its annual “Lobby Day” for all school board members yesterday, March 6. Over 50 school board members came down to the capitol and spoke with their legislators directly on Empowerment Scholarship Accounts, the state budget and other issues impacting K-12 public education across the Arizona. Board members also toured the Capitol and heard from legislative representative keynote speakers.

Learn more about ESAs and how much money they actually cost the state.

What happens at NSBA’s Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute?

Advocacy InstituteThe ASBA Executive Committee attended NSBA’s Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. They heard from excellent speakers such as Kati Haycock, CEO of The Education Trust who focused on closing longstanding gaps in opportunity and achievement; The National Collaborative for Digital Equity (NCDE) speaking on digital equity and the Tacoma Public Schools combating re-segregation.

The highlights of the Advocacy Institute included a history lesson by presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and discussions with U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, Patty Murray and Jon Tester. The Executive Committee also learned about NSBAC’s Call to Action: “First 100 Days” Campaign.

On the final day, they were joined by other Arizona school board members to speak to Arizona lawmakers. They met with Senator Flake and a staffer from Senator McCain’s office. In the House of Representatives, they met with Representatives Grijalva, Gallego, McSally, and Sinema and the staffers for Representatives Gosar, Schweikert, Franks and Biggs. With each of them, the team discussed the importance of impact aid, IDEA funding, reauthorization of both the Child Nutrition Act and Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, and passage of a final FY2017 appropriations bill.

How do you define classroom spending?

Auditor General’s Report continues to use narrow definition

This year’s Auditor General Report emphasizes Arizona is continuing to struggle to adequately fund its schools. Despite continuous severe budget cuts, our public education leaders remain focused on allocating dollars to support students in classrooms and keeping administrative costs well below the national average.

The Auditor General Report reiterates the Arizona School District Spending Report we put out earlier this week: when you look at all the combined services (instruction, student support services and instructional staff support), school districts continue to keep funding at a stable level despite huge cuts to their budgets since 2009. The commonly accepted definition of “classroom spending” by the Governor, Legislature and public education leaders clearly indicate what it takes to support a classroom and not the extremely narrow definition that The Auditor General’s Office continues to use.

Superintendent Searches

Apply now for any of the following opening superintendent positions.

Executive Search Successes

PositionSchool DistrictUpdateCONGRATS!
SuperintendentAmphitheater Unified School DistrictCongratulations Mr. Todd Jaeger, J.D.
SuperintendentApache Junction Unified School DistrictCongratulations Dr. Krista Anderson
SuperintendentCasa Grande Elementary School DistrictCongratulations Dr. JoEtta Gonzales
SuperintendentCrane Elementary School DistrictCongratulations Ms. Laurie Doering
Superintendent Patagonia UHSD & ESDCongratulations Mrs. Rachell Hochheim
Superintendent Sacaton Elementary School District Congratulations Mrs. Cherryl Paul
SuperintendentTanque Verde Unified School DistrictCongratulations Dr. Scott Hagerman
SuperintendentWinslow Unified School DistrictCongratulations Mrs. Cyndie Mattox

ASBAIT fun facts


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ASBA Reception in Denver, March 25

Board Docs Webinar, April 19, 11 a.m. PST
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Summer Leadership Institute, June 8-10
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