ASBA begins new tradition to recognize leaders with leadership coin

One important way leaders show how much they care is to recognize and reward excellent performance and valued contributions to the team. A good leader recognizes there is always plenty of credit to go around.

In the military, the most tangible evidence of that credit was in the form of promotions. The award of challenge coins, usually given by the unit commander, was another way we recognized special achievement. These coins were typically embossed with an organization’s insignia and carried with pride by recipients.

The origin of challenge coins is unclear, but we know they were used by the Roman Empire to reward soldiers for achievements, and during the Renaissance as “Portrait Medals” to commemorate specific events involving royalty and nobility. In more modern times, their use was reintroduced during WWI by flying squadrons whose members began the tradition of “challenging” each other with a coin check. Those not carrying their coin had to buy the drinks.

In June 2011, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates toured military bases in Afghanistan before his impending retirement. Along the way, he shook hands with dozens of men and women in the Armed Forces in what, to the naked eye, appeared to be a simple exchange of respect. It was, in fact, a secret handshake with a surprise inside for the recipient—a special Secretary of Defense challenge coin.

Not all challenge coins are passed by secret handshake, but it has become a tradition that many uphold. This year, ASBA joined the tradition with its own special coin. The design has ASBA’s logo on one side and the important aspects of what we do: Leadership, Equity, Advocacy and Development on the other. It fits perfectly with this year’s focus on leadership.

Our intent is to use these coins to reward demonstrated leadership in our association. I recently recognized school board member, Marisol Hernandez of the Cartwright School District for fearlessly advocating for special needs funding on Capitol Hill this year. I know she is just one example of the countless good works taking place across the state.

Do you know anyone that has provided exemplary commitment to your school district and the students you serve? Coins are awarded at the discretion of the association president and executive director. View the guiding principles for award consideration. Please email me by clicking here, if you would like to nominate an individual.

After all, not only is it the right thing to do, but recognition doesn’t only benefit the one being recognized, it helps the entire team. As John C. Maxwell writes in his book, “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, “your candle loses nothing when it lights another” and “to get ahead, put others first.” We already do it for our districts, let’s take care of each other too!

New Calendar of Events for 2018-19

Download the calendar of events to view all the upcoming events ASBA has to offer throughout 2018-19. Read more about our NEW Leadership Workshops or when County Meetings begin in the fall.

Interested in presenting at ASBA’s Annual Conference in December?

We are calling for proposals from school districts and other organizations for high-quality, breakout sessions that focus on topics of critical interest to school board members. This year your submission may address any of these general themes:

  • Rural/Remote: Promising practices or strategies for addressing key issues facing rural or remote schools
  • Social/Emotional: Topics or strategies to promote empathy, inclusion or improved school/district culture
  • Equity: Address the needs or highlight key concerns of specific communities and/or populations
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Effective strategies for engaging various stakeholders (parents, students, community organizations, etc.) in district decisions
  • Data-Driven Decisions: Addressing achievement gaps through data-driven decision making.

In addition to reflecting one of these themes, presentations should:

  • Enhance the knowledge, skills and abilities of board members and superintendents
  • Share promising strategies and best practices that can be replicated by other districts
  • Demonstrate innovative ideas and solutions that are showing effectiveness
  • Foster increased access to quality education for all students
  • Focus on positive results and/or proven student success

The DEADLINE for consideration is July 31, 2018. ASBA will conduct a first review and notify semi-finalist no later than August 31, 2018. If selected, you will be asked to provide additional details on your presentation. This will assist ASBA in making final selections which will occur no later than October 1, 2018.

Click here to submit.

Did you miss it? Download Legislative Wrap Up Webinar now

Don’t worry if you missed last week’s Legislative Wrap Up Webinar which covered education related legislation and budget information from the recently completed legislative session. View the presentation and listen to the audio recording below.

Recording: 2018 Legislative Wrap Up
PowerPoint: 2018 Legislative Wrap Up PDF
Recording: Teacher salaries, DAA & other budget issues
PowerPoint: Teacher salaries, DAA & other budget issues PDF

NEW Pillar Award for Advocacy Pin

ASBA’s new Pillar Award for Advocacy Pin recognizes school board members for service in the advocacy arena that goes above and beyond their regular board duties. This award includes many of the same activities as the former Cactus Pin. The pin will be awarded to members at our Legislative Workshop who have accumulated a total of 125 points based on several advocacy related activities. The application for the Pillar Award for Advocacy will open July 1 and will close September 1. Click here for more information.

ASBA Events

Download flyer! for ASBA’s Law Conference, Sept. 5-7, 2018
View keynote speakers now!

The Arizona School Boards Association Annual Law Conference is the largest conference of its kind, and the largest and consistently best-reviewed event that ASBA holds.

Don’t miss out on keynote speakers and breakout sessions that dive deeper into the issues that matter the most to you. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn and problem solve with top legal and policy experts across the state. Registration opens July 5, 2018

Save the date for Delegate Assembly, Sept. 8, 2018

The 2018 Delegate Assembly will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m. for ASBA members. Don’t forget to register one of your board members to serve as the Delegate and attend this event for voting on the 2019 Legislative Agenda Action process.

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