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What Happens If Two Board Members Want to Be the District Delegate at the ASBA Annual Business Meeting?

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Districts may have more than one board member who would like to represent their district as the delegate at the ASBA Annual Business Meeting. What to do? Districts should add this on a future school board meeting agenda and select by a vote.

If the person selected represented your district at the Delegate Assembly in September, you’re all set, and no action is required.

If you would like to change delegates or did not have a representative at the 2019 ASBA Delegate Assembly, you will need to notify ASBA of your board’s new delegate by Dec. 11. Additionally, delegates may register on-site the day of the meeting but must complete a form indicating that they have the authority to represent the board.

ASBA Executive Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award by Arizona Association of County School Superintendents


Dr. Timothy Ogle, ASBA Executive Director was recognized by the Arizona Association of County School Superintendents for his lifetime dedication to public schools. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award earlier this week at the AACSS meeting.

“Dr. Ogle is a natural leader who cares about students and people first and foremost. His devotion to public education and depth of knowledge is extraordinary. The AACSS would like to personally thank Dr. Ogle for his many years of service to education,” said Dustin J. Williams, Pima County School Superintendent. Dr. Ogle will be retiring from his position at the end of 2019 and moving on to new endeavors.


Equity Initiatives and New Alliance Structures for ASBA Caucuses

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Written by Steven Chapman, ASBA President

ASBA has been working on our equity initiatives for over six years now. We have provided conference content; our staff members have traveled the country being asked to present and share our work as leaders in equity conversations for school districts. And, since my time on the executive committee with ASBA, we have worked to build and empower our caucuses to pursue their missions with our support. Your ASBA Board of Directors recognizes that we are making strides to ensure that our members have a voice in our association and at key decision-making tables, but there is more work that can be done.

At the Annual Conference, caucus members will be meeting to learn about and vote on alliance structures that will not only empower them through the ASBA Equity Committee and the board but also remove barriers to membership and participation in their work. All school board members at the Annual Conference are invited to attend these meetings.

Moving into 2020, with the approval of members, we will be leading the way with our Black Alliance, Indigenous Alliance, Latinx Alliance, and the Rural Alliance – all working to build, grow and inform ASBA’s equity work. Each alliance will have its own elected chair, and all alliance chairs will serve on the ASBA Equity Committee. The ASBA Equity Committee, which will move into its third year in 2020, will continue to bring everyone together for strategic efforts to ensure that ASBA is hearing from all communities on topics from our advocacy work and programming, to decisions that your board of directors makes throughout the year.

I am committed to making sure that the important conversations happening in our alliances and Equity Committee Meetings do not stay in those rooms alone. For 2020, I will be appointing the chairs of all four alliances to the Legislative Committee to ensure that ASBA continues to hear directly from our members about the issues that are important to them. The ASBA Political Agenda is one of the most important documents our members vote on and this will be another step to ensure that our agenda is reflective of our members’ needs across Arizona.

Please join us at the Annual Conference and attend our caucus business meetings to learn more about how you can be engaged with ASBA alliances. These meetings will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 18, with the Black Caucus meeting from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and the Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus meeting from 3:30-4:30 p.m. A Rural Alliance kick-off and membership drive will take place in the Exhibit Hall that same day, beginning at 2:45 p.m.

ASBA Heard You During County Conversations Across Arizona #MYASBA

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At the ASBA County Meeting recently held in your county, board members and superintendents had the opportunity to engage in conversation about the challenges and opportunities for school districts in your area. A summary from that County Conversations session will be emailed next week to members. Special thanks to Arizona’s county superintendents of schools who joined us for these conversations!

Remember, #MyASBA is your ASBA. We are your association and represent you and your needs across Arizona. View County Meeting photos here!

Three Districts Pass Census Model Resolution

Thank you to Maricopa USD, Palominas ESD and Yuma ESD for passing the Census resolution. You can find the model school district resolution on the 2020 U.S. Census now available on ASBA’s new webpage dedicated to information and resources for members to use to keep their local community informed on the importance of participating in the upcoming Census in 2020. The new webpage includes quick facts, key dates, graphics, articles and other external resources.

Please email Heidi Otero, ASBA’s director of communications at, if your board passes a resolution to celebrate your district on ASBA’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

GCU & ASBA Present… Making Ties: Handling School Trauma Webinar Series in 2020

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Grand Canyon University has partnered with the Arizona School Boards Association to offer this free, can’t-miss opportunity for anyone involved in K12 education. Participants will analyze what school trauma really means and dive deeper into how to deal with trauma in K12 schools.

Register for just one or all of the following web seminars:

01/29/2020Understanding Trauma in Our Schools3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Register here
02/12/2020Making the Case for Trauma-Informed Education Supports3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Register here
03/04/2020Systematic Approaches to Trauma-Informed Education Supports3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Register here
05/06/2020Trauma-Informed Education Supports: A Legal Perspective3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.Register here

AZEdNews Twitter Chat on Teachers: Join Us Nov. 20 and Tweet Along Your Comments

AZEdNews invites you to take part in our live #AZEdChat about the teacher shortage, teachers’ pay and teachers’ value on Twitter at 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Wednesday, Nov. 20.  Just go to @azednews on Twitter and include #AZEdChat in every tweet you make to have your voice heard! Just remember to include #AZEdChat in every tweet.

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ASBA Events

Legislative Workshop, Nov. 15, 2019

We’ll see you on Nov 15! Find your voice and advocate for issues that will impact our K-12 school districts during the 2020 Legislative Session.

Don’t miss out these updates:

  • Data on Arizona’s changing demographics and funding disparities
  • State budget forecast
  • Legislative preview panel
  • Lessons learned from bonds/overrides for 2020
  • Information to sharpen your advocacy efforts for the 2020 session”
time to shine

ASBA-ASA Annual Conference – Registration closes Dec. 6, 2019

Come early and attend our Pre-Conference on “Supporting the Whole Child,” learn more about our AMAZING keynote speakers, 24 breakout sessions, annual awards program, Corn Hole Tournament PLUS more!

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