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Supt. Hoffman issues proclamation in celebration of School Board Recognition Month

ASBA is recognizing School Board Recognition Month in January. Thank you for your extraordinary service in helping Arizona students thrive. Every school board member has a reason on why they decided to serve their local school district and community.

View the Proclamation for School Board Member Month from Supt. Hoffman here.

View the videos of school board members who represent communities across Arizona and hear why they decided to become a school board member.

Follow ASBA on Facebook and Twitter as we post graphics and video testimonials celebrating school board members.

Sneak peek at Equity Event keynote speakers plus NEW LOCATION

Take a look at who is speaking at the Equity Event, March 3-4, and check out the new location at the Harrah’s AK-CHIN Hotel in the city of Maricopa.

Thursday, March 3, Dr. Francesca Lopez PLUS special workshop

Equity in a Divided Community: How We Can Move Forward Together for Every Student:

Educational equity has long been identified as necessary to address opportunity gaps and increase achievement for each and every student in our schools. However, conversations about equity in schools have resulted in some having negative reactions causing many districts to avoid the topic entirely.  In this keynote, Dr. Francesca Lopez will discuss how misconceptions around equity have shown up throughout the history of education and what boards can do to address that may be impacting their equity work.

Friday, March 4, Dr. Cristobal Rodriguez

Embedding Equity Systemwide: How Sustaining Change Is Made

A student’s educational experience does not occur in a vacuum. It is impacted by the system in which they find themselves. In this session, Dr. Cristóbal Rodríguez will share the work he is doing at ASU to embed equity into the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in order to improve outcomes. He will share successes and lessons learned and provide tips for how districts can pursue similar efforts at the local level.

Agenda and registration details come out Thursday, January 12, 2022. All information will be available on the ASBA website

Meet ASBA new alliance officers

ASBA members had the opportunity to vote on new alliance officer at their annual membership meetings at the Annual Conference in December. They will serve two-year terms in these positions.

Rural Alliance members elected as president, Karen McClelland, Sedona-Oak Creek USD and as vice president, Monica Timberlake, Quartzsite ESD. Kenney Denney, Kirkland ESD, remains on the officer team as immediate past president.

Black Alliance members elected as president, Berdetta Hodge, Tempe Union HSD and as vice president, Kiana Sears, Mesa USD. Lindsay Love, Chandler USD, remains on the officer team as immediate past president.

The officer team for the HNAIC team remains the same for 2022, though Juan Buendia, the HNAIC Native vice president from Baboquivari USD, has joined the ASBA Board of Directors as a result of the recent passage of the amendment to the ASBA bylaws. HNAIC President Eva Carrillo Dong also serves on the ASBA Board of Directors.

More information on how to join the Alliances or Caucus can be found here.

What education advocates hope to see this legislative session

See what education advocates would like to see happen during this session of the Arizona Legislature that starts Monday, Jan. 10, 2022.

Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas and Arizona School Boards Association’s Director of Governmental Relations Chris Kotterman shared their thoughts with Arizona Horizon Host Ted Simons earlier this week.

Could you use communication resources and templates for your district?

ASBA is excited to roll out the ASBA Resource Bank for member districts. Members now have access to communication resources and templates to help communicate with employees and the community. Members can access examples of communication plans, sample letters on crisis communications, elections, enrollment, events, media statements and more.

These resources, provided by ASBA with the support of the Arizona School Public Relations Association are intended to support school district communications with your many stakeholder groups.

The Resource Bank is password protected. Members can use the password: Resource

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Superintendent positions opening in Solomon, Page, Whiteriver and more

ASBA is your one-stop-shop for superintendent searches. Currently there are superintendent positions openings in Solomon ESD, Page USD, Whiteriver USD and Ajo USD (coming soon). View all positions.

Wednesday Webinars: Building Strong Teams – Common Expectations for Communication, 4 p.m.  

Can’t attend? Receive recording directly by registering to view on your own time.

January 26, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Wednesday Webinars: Building Strong Teams: Common Expectations for Communication

Presented by:
Julie Bacon, Leadership Development Manager

Nikkie Whaley, Board Support and Equity Services Manager

Communication agreements are critical to building a strong superintendent/board team. In this webinar, we will give you an outline to consider and tips for making communication seamless.

If you can’t attend the webinar live, receive a recording directly to your email by registering for the event in advance. All events can be found on the ASBA website.

ASBA Events and Webinars

Upcoming ASBA Events

January 28, February 4 and 9, 2022: ASBA Board Operations and Leadership Training Seminar

March 3-4, 2022: ASBA Equity Event

View all ASBA events on the ASBA website.

Upcoming ASBA Webinars

January 26, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: Building Strong Teams: Common Expectations for Communication

February 9, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: The Board Member as an Advocate

February 23, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Wednesday Webinars: Making the Connection: Superintendent Evaluation and Successful Student Outcomes

Plus more! You can find all Wednesday webinars on the ASBA webpage,

Can’t view the webinar live? No problem. Go ahead and register and you will receive the recording automatically by email so you can view it later. There is no cost to register for this webinar.  We encourage advance registration.


Transcript of Gov. Ducey’s State of the State address 1/10/2022

Videos: School board members share why they serve

Daily schools update: Schools could lose some funds if they go virtual as COVID surges

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