ASBA launches new app!

Download the new ASBA app which can be found on the App Store or Google Play. You can use the app to follow house and senate bills directly and receive advocacy notifications as push notifications, view school district policies and for conferences you can review sessions at-a-glance, learn more about keynote speakers and much more. Download the flyer.

CollegeBoard 101 for Board Members, Sept. 26, 10-11 a.m.


Gain perspective as a board member on guidance and questions to be asking in your role

Board members will learn about the available resources and embedded tools that inform instruction and support student achievement. Gain perspective as a board member on guidance and questions to be asking in your role. In addition, the session will demonstrate how, the Suite connects students with free practice, fee waivers, and free college and career planning tools. Register and receive this recording electronically.

State Board of Education to Set 2017-2018 A-F Cut Scores

The State Board of Education is set to adopt final cut scores for 2017-2018 A-F Letter Grades at its meeting on Monday. The recommendation on the executive summary is to retain the cut scores from 2016-2017. This results in more A schools over 16-17 but also more D and F schools. The second option presented is to adjust the scores to match the new statistical distribution, which results in fewer D and F schools but also fewer A schools. The board’s thinking so far on this is that cut scores are likely going to need to be reset when the menu is introduced for 9-12, and it’s not wise to start a pattern of resetting cut scores each year. Districts should have data in their ADE portal to review for comparison. There will be an appeals window that opens on the public release of letter grades and runs through October 25. Modeling data will be available by Friday. You can find the meeting materials here under item 5A. If you have comments about A-F Letter Grade Cut Scores, email them to inbox@azsbe.az.gov by 11a Friday for them to be provided to all SBE members prior to Monday’s meeting.

Join the #Unselfie Revolution and win exclusive experience for 50 students

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Win an exclusive presentation for 50 of your district’s students with “Unselfie” author and ASBA Annual Conference keynote speaker Michele Borba at Grand Canyon University on Dec. 13, 2018! Private campus tour included.

Transportation and lunch are provided. Participating students must be in fifth grade or higher and attend a Title I school.

Enter to win now!

In 300 words, tell us about a program or initiative in your district that aims to equip students with empathy, moral conviction and the courage to make a better world and describe its impact. A photo reflecting the program or initiative must also be submitted with the entry.

Learn more here.

Deadline to submit is Oct. 26, 2018. Judging will take place Nov. 2, 2018, and the winning district will be notified by Nov. 5, 2018.

Presented by Grand Canyon University and the Arizona School Boards Association

Equity v. Equality and Leading for Equity Framework - TODAY AT 3 P.M.

ASBA is proud to introduce the First Annual Equity Webinar Series. Are you interested in educational equity in your school district? Do you want to understand the issues facing Arizona students and teachers? Hear from content area experts and school board members on the challenges and opportunities in Arizona schools. We hope you’ll join us for one or all of the webinars!

Thursday, September 20, 3-4 pm

Is there a difference between equality and equity? Is a discussion around equity relevant for my district? This webinar will dive into to those concepts and provide a leading with equity framework. If you need an introductory overview of the work school boards can do around equity, this webinar is for you!
These webinars are free and recorded. Register and the recording will be emailed to you directly, so you can tune in at your leisure!

Three new members appointed to ASBAIT board of directors

The Arizona School Boards Association Insurance Trust is excited to announce three new members appointed to serve on their board of directors. Congratulations to Barbara Underwood, board member at Payson Unified School Board District; Karla Soto, chief financial officer at Roosevelt Elementary School District and Dr. Doug Wilson, superintendent at Marana Unified School district.

The Arizona School Boards Association Insurance Trust or ASBAIT was established in 1981 by the Arizona School Board Association. Its formation was in response to Arizona school administrators desire to obtain comprehensive health benefits at reasonable costs. Meeting the needs of employees and their dependents is at the core of ASBAIT’s philosophy. These factors differentiate ASBAIT plans from commercial employee benefit programs making it the number one choice with Arizona schools.

Magna Awards 2019 – Nominations Open through October 31, 2018

You should have received an email announcing applications are being accepted for the NSBA Magna Awards 2019. The awards program will focus on equity in education, recognizing district programs that remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children. Awards will be presented to a grand prize and five winners in each enrollment category: under 5,000 enrollment; 5,000-20,000 enrollment; and over 20,000 enrollment. The three grand prize winners will showcase their winning programs at a special Master Class session during NSBA’s 2019 annual conference, March 30 to April 1 in Philadelphia. All winning districts will be featured in the April issue of American School Board Journal. If you have any questions regarding the program, please visit the Magna Awards website.

Join the county ride! County Meetings begin Sept. 24 – Oct. 25 Registration begins August 15

Your ASBA County Meeting provides opportunities for ASBA officers, staff and locally-elected county directors to share state-level issues, celebrate board member training accomplishments with awards, and hold elections for open county director positions. ASBA will also be presenting all STAR Awards to all qualifying school board members.

Participate in ASBA’s Annual Awards Program

We want to celebrate your district’s achievements for boards, district program and students. All award recipients will be honored with a video showcased during the Annual Conference Celebration Dec. 12-14. Nominations open September 17 and must be received by October 26, 2018. Click here for more information.

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