ASBA Connect 7.29.20

Delegate Assembly transitions into virtual event with new date

The Delegate Assembly has been rescheduled to a virtual event on Saturday, October 17. Registration opens August 31 and closes October 9. Representatives of ASBA member boards convene to decide the association’s political position on the diverse interests of public school governing boards for the year ahead. Specific details on online voting and more information will soon follow.

To ensure we have the most updated information, please complete the form if 1) your board’s delegate and/or alternate has changed since the 2019 ASBA Delegate Assembly or 2) your board did not participate in the 2019 Delegate Assembly.

The Brand Agency congratulates four students awarded AZEdNews Scholarships

AZEdNews is honored to announce that the first four students awarded AZEdNews Scholarships are Gabriella Cerna, Airiana Madanski, Brighton Watson and Gage Zahn.

These four students’ scholarships, sponsored by The Brand Agency, provide each student with $500 to be used toward their post-secondary education at vocational/trade schools, community colleges, colleges and universities.

Read full article here.

Rural Schools: What are your biggest challenges for reopening?

School districts across the state are working to implement plans for starting the school year remotely and to plan for an eventual return to in-person instruction. The challenge is huge, and creativity, innovation and determination are necessary. So that districts might get ideas from one another to help navigate these uncharted waters, the ASBA Rural Alliance is requesting that rural and remote districts provide a pdf of or a web link to their reopening plans, to be posted on the Rural Alliance’s web page (https://azsba.org/ruralalliance/).

Please send the information to RuralAlliance@azsba.org. In addition, the Alliance would like to know the top three challenges your board/district is wrestling with regarding the start of the school year and eventual return to in-person instruction. Your responses will be shared with ASBA staff to make them aware of the needs of rural and remote districts like ours during this difficult time. Click here to let us know.

More speakers, session topics announced August 3!

View the online agenda with special speakers, session topics and presenters plus more information on the ASBA website for the 44th Annual Law Conference on August 3. Also, don’t forget, those that register during the month of July get our famous Law Conference mug!  So don’t wait, register now!

Are you the new VP-Hispanic for the ASBA HNAIC? (Deadline to apply is Aug. 1!)

The ASBA Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus ((HNAIC) is seeking a new vice president-Hispanic to serve on its board. The position will be filled by appointment as soon as possible, with a goal of doing so by Aug. 15. The selected individual will serve through the end of the term of that office, which ends in December 2020. At that time, an election for all HNAIC officers/executive committee members will be held.

 

Are you interested in serving in this position?

Individuals with a proven record of supporting the purpose of the caucus (shown below) as well as a commitment to support the equity goal and objectives of ASBA (also below) through the work of the caucus are encouraged to apply for appointment. Preference will be given to those with at least two years of involvement with the caucus.

 

To seek appointment, email a letter of interest to HNAIC President Desiree Fowler at desfowler.777@gmail.com no later than Aug. 1. Please use HNAIC VP-Hispanic as the subject line of your email. Please note: The successful candidate must be a currently serving member of an Arizona school district governing board and a member of the HNAIC in good standing.

 

Caucus Purpose (Bylaws, Article II):

The purpose of the Caucus shall be to:

1) Promote quality education for all students with emphasis on the unique needs of Hispanic and Native American Indian students.

2) Promote positive and effective relationships among Hispanic and Native American Indian school board members, their fellow board members, their communities, political leaders and the ASBA.

3) Promote state and national legislation to improve the educational opportunities for Hispanic, Native American and other minority students in the public schools.

4) Promote representation of Hispanic and Native American Indian school board members within the governance of ASBA.

 

ASBA Equity Strategic Goal:
Arizona school district leaders understand equity in education and are taking action steps to ensure every student achieves their full potential.

Objectives:

  • Enhance understanding of equity in education in Arizona.
  • Improve service delivery to ASBA members around equity in education.
  • Improve recruitment of leaders who reflect the demographics of their communities.
  • Increase member access to public education allies for underrepresented students.
  • Increase cultural and social awareness among public education leaders and partners.

ASBA’s training team is ready and able to present quality content, virtually

The importance of board development cannot be understated, especially in these trying times.

While some may have been hesitant to do virtual training at first, we all seem to be adjusting to this new normal. ASBA has provided the following online trainings to districts over the last few months:

 

  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Effective Meetings
  • Open Meeting Law
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Communication Protocols
  • Superintendent Goals Setting

According to evaluations of these trainings:

  • 94% of participants rated the content “excellent” or “very good”
  • 100% rated the trainers’ effectiveness as “excellent”
  • 86% said the training length was “just right” while 13% stated it was a little “too short.”
  • On a scale of 1-10 on how likely participants were to recommend ASBA online training to a colleague, the average score was 9.5

To request a training for your board, please submit a training request form here.

Missed the webinar on Approaching the Fall Semester with a Communication Plan in Times of Uncertainty?

View the webinar and communication plan that the Higley USD used to start the new school year to help keep the community informed and engaged.

ASBA Webinar Archive

View recording here

View the Approaching the Fall Semester with a Communication Plan in Times of Uncertainty PDF

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