ASBA-ASA 63rd Annual Conference

December 3, 2020 - December 4, 2020

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ASBA’s Annual Conference will be held on December 3-4, 2020. The Annual Conference is our celebratory end-of-year gathering of school board members and other district leaders in the state. Attendees will hear from three amazing keynote speakers, experience 15 breakout sessions in five topic tracks and participate in celebrations of leadership and educational excellence. Register Now!

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Anna Marie Chavez

NSBA Executive Director and Arizona Native

Former Interim President and CEO for the National Council on Aging. Previously, she was NCOA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Growth Officer. For five years, Chávez served as Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts of the USA.


Byron Garrett

CEO of Equal Opportunity Schools, Chairman of the National Family Engagement Alliance

Former Director of Educational Leadership & Policy for Microsoft and former CEO of National PTA


D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas

Author, Internationally Acclaimed, Motivational Storyteller and Leadership and Personal Development Expert

63rd ASBA Virtual Annual Conference – Dec. 3

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast of (Education) Champions Café

Meet with our premier sponsors and win prizes.

8:30 am - 9:55 am

Opening General Session

Byron Garrett

Featuring an Arizona-wide conference kick-off, keynote speaker Byron Garrett and surprise student entertainment

10:00 am - 10:55 am

Breakout Sessions: Round 1 (choose from 3 sessions)

  • Hidden Gifts: Equitable Practices for Identifying and Assessing Gifted Students: While the number of students of color in gifted program has increased with time, students of color, specifically Black, Latinx and Indigenous students, continue to be under-represented. Decisions on what students are tested as well as the types of tools used to assess giftedness can perpetuate disparities. Join us as we discuss new opportunities and approaches to gifted education that aim to provide more equitable access to gifted programming.
  • By The Book: Tips for Forming Community Partnerships: Being a small, rural or remote district has it's challenges. Resources are sometimes hard to come by and budgets are tight. However, these districts understand the importance of being neighborly and are no strangers to working creatively to meet the needs of students. Join Humboldt and Globe USD as they share the steps they took to form partnerships with state and local libraries to improve school library services in their district and how similar steps might be used to meet additional district needs.
  • Don't Get Burned: Sunshine Law, Serial Conversations and Social Media: With so much of our conversations taking place on social media ( Zoom Chat, Facebook, Twitter) or virtual platforms (Email, Text, Facebook Messenger) there is plenty of opportunity to accidently engage in serial conversation. These types of exchanges, which happen when one on one conversations between board members are linked or shared with other board members, can result in Sunshine Law (Open Meeting Law) violations. Join us as we share some common pitfalls and tips to avoid getting burned.

11:00 am - 11:55 am

Breakout Sessions: Round 2 (choose from 3 sessions)

  • Digital Citizenship: Supporting Our Students (and Ourselves) with Navigating Our Digital World: As many parts of the U.S. and world continue with distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic, setting expectations for this new way of teaching and learning is essential. In this session, CommonSense.Org will share some of the topics district leaders should be aware of to help you establish a culture of digital citizenship and their most relevant digital citizenship lessons for this moment.
  • Wraparound Services: Details coming soon.
  • Leading for Equity: How Boards Can Begin or Accelerate Their Educational Equity Efforts: Join us for this interactive session where we will unveil the NEW Leading for Equity Curriculum aimed in supporting boards as they progress equity in their districts. In addition to reviewing the curriculum, we will engage in several activities from the new Leading For Equity Workbook designed to ready ourselves and others for systemic change.

12:00 pm - 12:55 pm

Celebration Café

Join us for live entertainment, prize drawings and inside glimpses into the people and programs that are making Arizona education great. Featuring the winners of the ASA. Superintendent of the Year Awards and ASBA Golden Bell Promise Program Awards

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

General Session: Meet Arizona's 2021 Teacher of the Year

The 2021 Arizona Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors of Excellence will be interviewed by a very special guest.

1:30 pm - 2:25 pm

Breakout Sessions: Round 3 (choose from 3 sessions)

  • We Must Strive to Be Anti-Racist: Challenging Systemic Racism in Schools: Discussion about race and racism can be difficult. Still ongoing racial unrest and recent events have proven that it is a conversation that cannot be ignored. In this session, discuss steps addressing racism by implementing Anti-Racism policy and practices.
  • School Counselors Can Do (Virtually) Anything: With increased discussion around school safety and the social-emotional wellbeing of students, the importance of school counselors has never been more evident. With recent grant funds, many schools have received funding for these positions but what is the best way to maximize the impact of these import professionals in your district? What are some questions boards can ask to better understand and support the work of school counselors? How can their work translate to a virtual environment? Join Tolleson ESD as the share tips on how to successfully and strategically utilize these important human resources on campus.
  • Going the Distance with Distance Learning: Virtual, distance and computer-based learning provides interesting opportunities for districts of any size or geographic location to meet the needs of students, families and staff – opportunities that will remain beyond the health and safety precautions necessitated by COVID. Superintendent Stephanie Miller from Congress ESD will share how her rural district has embraced and utilized technology before and during COVID, and how districts can continue to utilize these new skills after COVID.

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

ASBA Annual Business Meeting

Including the election of officers to the ASBA Board of Directors and a state of the association report by Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, executive director.

63rd ASBA Virtual Annual Conference – Dec. 4

8:00 am - 8:30 am

Breakfast of (Education) Champions Café

Meet with our premier sponsors and win prizes.

8:30 am - 9:10 am

General Session: Tribute to Leadership

Anna Marie Chavez

Featuring a keynote address by NSBA Executive Director and Arizona Native Anna Marie Chavez and the winners of the ASBA All-Arizona School Board Members Award and the Lou Ella Kleinz Award of Excellence, PLUS a Barbara Robey Lifetime Achievement Award Retrospective

9:10 am - 10:05 am

Breakout Sessions: Round 4 (choose from 3 sessions)

  • Transformational Change: A Look at Conscious Discipline: Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive social emotional learning framework that is based on current brain research and incorporates self-regulation, school-wide discipline, and school climate. Conscious Discipline is an adult first, child second framework. Adults must commit to doing the work to identify their triggers so they can intentionally implement strategies to regulate themselves. This is why Conscious Discipline promotes transformational change! Litchfield ESD is in year 4 of implementation and without a doubt, it has far surpassed the benefits of any previously implemented social emotional learning program. Join us as we share our implantations plans and tips for bringing Conscious Discipline to your district.
  • How Information and Opportunity Gaps Impact College-Going in Rural Arizona: Arizona statistics show that our rural students are less likely to enroll in or attend college. Join College Success Arizona for a discussion on why that is and what districts can do about it.
  • Building Community From the Ground Up: When Creighton ESD set out to build a new school designed around the students of today and tomorrow, they knew it could not be created using the same old processes. Join them as the share how they engaged community members, parents, students, and experts across the valley and around the world to build a diverse team of co-creators to design everything from the building space to the curriculum of their new school of choice. Learn how these strategies can be applied to reimagine your district!

10:10 am - 11:00 am

Breakout Sessions: Round 5 (choose from 3 sessions)

  • Turning a Moment to a Movement: Harnessing COVID-19's Virtual Platforms to Sustain Engagement Year-Round: With the ongoing challenges of COVID-19, public school leaders have seen an increase in attention and outreach from their communities. Virtual tools have made access to board meetings easier in districts across the state and regular communication via Facebook, email, and text has become and expectation. How can we turn this stressful situation into an opportunity to build and sustain engagement practices that will extend long after schools go back to business as usual?
  • ASA- Inter-rater Reliability and online instruction: Details coming soon.
  • Things We Can't "Unsee" - And What We Can Do about Them: Arizona teacher leaders share insights gleaned from eight months of teaching during COVID that could inform strategic leadership approaches moving forward.

11:05 am - 12:25 pm

Closing General Session

D.J. Eagle Bear Vanas

Featuring the Passing of the Gavel, keynote speaker D.J. Vanas, the annual grand prize drawing and adjournment

12:20 pm - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

BONUS WORKSHOP with Keynote Speaker D.J. Vanas

New Board Member Orientation - December 2nd

8:45 am - 2:30 pm

New Board Member Orientation


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8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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December 3, 2020

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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