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Tell Us How We’re Doing: Your Feedback Shapes ASBA’s Path Forward 

Complete it by May 31, 2024 for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card 

As the school year draws to a close, we at ASBA are committed to understanding your views. Your feedback is essential for us to evaluate and enhance our member engagement. We invite all school board members to participate in a brief survey to share your experiences with ASBA over the past year. Your input will help us improve our services. 

Please take the survey by clicking here: ASBA Member Feedback SurveyComplete it by May 31, 2024, to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card. We appreciate your time and look forward to your valuable insights. 

We are committed to continually improving our engagement with members and truly value understanding how you feel about your interactions with ASBA. Your feedback is essential for us to identify areas where we can enhance and ensure we are meeting your needs effectively. By assessing member satisfaction and gathering your insights, we aim to create more meaningful and beneficial experiences for all our members. 

Release of Arizona’s First Statewide AI Guidance for K-12 School Systems and Register for Today’s AI Webinar   

Arizona schools and school systems are about to receive groundbreaking statewide guidance on the use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI). This essential document, developed by the Arizona Institute for Education and the Economy at Northern Arizona University in partnership with various local, state, and national stakeholders, will be unveiled during our upcoming webinar. 

Take the next step in advancing education with GenAI by joining leaders from across the state on Wednesday, May 15, for an informative 1-hour webinar. Discover the insights of the guidance document and explore additional resources aimed at facilitating the safe and effective implementation of GenAI in educational settings.  

Webinar: GenAI Guidance for AZ K-12 Schools  

May 15, 2024, 3:00-4:00 P.M.  

Please mark your calendars and sign up to receive the webinar link here.  

We encourage you to forward this email to colleagues who may be interested in, or in need of support with, GenAI implementation.  

Exciting News Incoming! Get ready for an electrifying pre-conference event hosted by ASBA, focusing on the latest in AI and Emerging Technology Trends! Join us on September 4 at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale for a cutting-edge exploration into the future. Stay tuned for more thrilling details dropping soon. 

ASBA Executive Search Update Plus Director of Legal & Policy Services and Administrative Assistant Open Positions   

Our target remains to welcome a new executive director by September 1, 2024. The job posting is open on the ASBA website, allowing ample time for interested candidates to apply.  

We have set specific milestones to ensure the smooth progression of the search:  

  1. Semifinalist Interviews: The Moran Company aims to conduct these interviews by June 15, allowing the search committee to narrow down the candidate pool and identify top contenders.  
  1. Final Interviews: By August 3, final interviews will be conducted with selected candidates to determine the best fit for the position. 

ASBA is also on the lookout for talented professionals to join our team in the following key roles: Director of Legal & Policy Services and Administrative Assistant. All details including salary and benefits can be found here. 

ASBA Awards Scholarships to Six Outstanding Arizona High School Seniors

ASBA is proud to announce the awarding of scholarships to six exceptional high school seniors across the state. Each student has been selected to receive a $1,250 scholarship in recognition of their academic and extracurricular achievements. ASBA encourages governing board members to celebrate these accomplished students at upcoming school board meetings, where they will be honored with a certificate and highlighted through a scripted acknowledgment of their contributions and successes.  

Black Alliance Georgie and Calvin Goode Honorary Scholarship  

This year, the recipients of the Georgie and Calvin Goode Honorary Scholarship are Oluwatoyin Akinsipe from Deer Valley High School in the Deer Valley USD and Sydni Moffett from Northridge High School in the Lake Havasu USD. The scholarship is named after Calvin Goode, who dedicated 22 years to serving as a Phoenix city councilman and was a prominent member of the Phoenix ESD Governing Board. His wife Georgie, a devoted public school teacher, also served on the governing boards of Phoenix ESD and Phoenix UHSD, reflecting their joint commitment to education. 

HNAIC Panfilo H. Contreras Scholarship  

Sophia Bobadilla from Estrella Foothills High School in the Buckeye Union High School District and Emilie Pierzina from Dobson High School in the Mesa Public Schools are this year’s recipients of the HNAIC Panfilo H. Contreras Scholarship. This scholarship targets Hispanic or Native American Indian students who demonstrate high academic achievement, regular attendance, leadership qualities, and active participation in school and community activities. It was established in honor of Panfilo H. Contreras, who led ASBA as its Executive Director from 1998 to 2011.  

Jack Peterson Scholarship  

The Jack Peterson Scholarship has been awarded to Mikah Dyer of Ironwood High School in Peoria USD and Tyler Thompson from Lake Havasu High School in the Lake Havasu USD. This scholarship supports students who are planning to major in education at a college or university. It commemorates Jack Peterson, ASBA’s former Executive Director from 1991 to 1998, and his commitment to fostering future educators.  

Thank you to the Arizona Council on Economic Education for sponsoring the ASBA scholarships this year! Read more about them in this article.  

Through these scholarships, ASBA continues to support and encourage the next generation of leaders and educators, underscoring the importance of academic excellence and community involvement. 

It’s that time of year again— Policy Spring Cleaning!  

ASBA Policy Services is here to assist members with managing their PolicyBridge queues. Managing policy documents can be a challenging task, particularly if it has been some time since the folders were last accessed. Members can either collaborate with ASBA to tackle this task or simply provide their adoption dates and let ASBA handle the rest. For assistance in processing policy documents, please contact Renae Watson at or call 602-254-1100 ext. 107 or Lynne Bondi at – 602-254-1100 ext. 101. ASBA is committed to ensuring that each member’s Policy Manual is compliant and up to date. 

Additionally, as a benefit to Policy Bridge members, the Employee Handbook is being offered for free. This newly updated handbook is fully aligned with the District’s Policy Manual and informs employees about the significant aspects of the district’s distinctive culture and organizational mission. Please contact ASBA Policy Analyst, Lynne Bondi at or call 602-254-1100 ext. add this complimentary service. 

Proposals due June 10 for the 2025 Legislative Session  

The time has come to begin shaping the ASBA Political Agenda for the 2025 legislative session. Your active participation is essential in collaborating with your school board to identify any additional priorities you would like the Legislative Committee to consider for inclusion in ASBA’s 2025 Political Agenda. 

Please ensure that this item is added to an upcoming Board agenda for thorough discussion. It is important to remember that each district is allowed only one submission, which must represent the collective decision of the school board. All proposals must be submitted by June 10. Your proactive involvement is crucial to making a significant and positive impact on Arizona’s educational landscape. 

Upcoming Events

Find out more about upcoming events for ASBA and partner organizations. 

Find out more about upcoming events for ASBA and partner organizations.  

Summer Leadership Institute 
June 6 – 8 
Marriott Little America in Flagstaff 

Secure your spot now! Registration closes May 24, 2024. On-site registration will be accepted at an additional $50. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this immersive and transformative educational experience.   

Full agenda session descriptions coming soon plus learn more about keynote speaker, Kristen Brown.   

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise! 
June 10, 1 pm – 4 pm 
Holbrook USD 
Register now 

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise! 
June 11, 1 pm – 4 pm 
Prescott USD 
Register now 

ASBA Law Conference (Save the Date)  
Sept. 4 – 6   
JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale 
(Registration opens July 8)  

Delegate Assembly (Save the Date)  
Sept. 7, 8 am – 5 pm 
JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale 
(Registration opens July 10)  

New Board Member Orientation (Save the Date) 
Dec. 18 
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix 
(Registration opens Oct. 21) 

ASBA Annual Membership Meeting at Annual Conference 
Dec. 19 
Free to any school board member who would like to attend 
School board members do not need to be registered for Annual Conference to attend this meeting 

ASBA-ASA Annual Conference (Save the Date) 
Dec. 19 – 20 
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix 
(Registration opens Oct. 21) 

Find out more at ASBA Events. 

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