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December 17 @ 8:30 am - December 19 @ 4:30 pm



ASBA’s Annual Conference will be held December 17-19, 2019. The Annual Conference is our celebratory end-of-year gathering of school board members and other district leaders in the state. Attendees hear from national speakers, focus on statewide education initiatives and network and share experiences with other educational leaders across Arizona. School board members, students and educators are celebrated during the Annual Awards program and the Golden Bell Luncheon.

Please NOTE: This year’s conference days are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and at a new location, J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge.

Win an exclusive presentation for 50 of your district’s students with Shane Feldman, media sensation, motivational speaker, producer, social entrepreneur and “undercover teen” and ASBA’s Annual Conference keynote speaker at Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019! A private campus tour will be included. Also, transportation and lunch are provided.

Learn more and enter to win here!

Each year, ASBA honors individual school board members, as well as entire governing boards:

  • for efforts toward improvement;
  • as incentive for voluntary board member in-service training;
  • to promote the idea of better boardsmanship; and
  • for service to public school in the form of advocacy.

Awards are also presented to districts, schools and teachers for excellence in student achievement.

Student scholarships and a student photography contest round out ASBA’s annual awards.

Nominations are now open for ASBA’s 62nd Annual Conference. The deadline to apply for most awards is 5 p.m. on Fri., October 18, 2019.

Learn more here.

62nd ASBA Annual Pre-Conference: Supporting the Whole Child: Student Well-Being in School

Tuesday, December 17th
Check-In & Continental Breakfast
What it Means to Support the Whole ChildNikkie Whaley, Board Support and Training Specialist, ASBA
Physical Wellness: The Educational Impact Physical HealthDr. Constance Tucker, Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy Specialist, Honor Health
9:45 -10:45Mental Wellness: The Educational Impact of Mental Health and the Importance of Behavior Health ProfessionalsKathryn Busby, Arizona Council of Human Services and Candise Alverez, Arizona Council of Human Services
11:00-12:15Creating a Sense of Belonging: The Value of Recognizing Student Identity and VoiceAdama Sallu, Director of Equity and Inclusion, Chandler USD

1:30-2:30Providing Supports: The value of Caring Adults and Future Pathways for YouthDr. Rick Miller, Founder/CEO and Chief Treasure Hunter, Kids at Hope
2:30-3:30Speaker Panel with Q & A: Attendees will have an Opportunity to ask Questions of Today's Speakers
4:00-6:00Check-In for ASBA-ASA Annual ConferencePick up all your materials for the conference
6:00Welcome Reception
Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres as you mix and mingle with vendors and attendees. Open to all pre-conference and main conference attendees

62nd ASBA Annual Conference

Tuesday, December 17th
4:00-6:00Check-In for ASBA-ASA Annual Conference
Registration pickup.
6:00Welcome Reception
Join us for drinks and hors d'ouevres as you mix and mingle with vendors and attendees. Open to all pre-conference and main conference attendees.
Wednesday, December 18th
7:30-8:30Check-In, Continental BreakfastRegistration pickup.
8:30-10:15Opening Ceremony & Keynote Speaker: Shane Feldman, "Under Cover Teen"Shane Feldman
10:30-11:45ASBA Annual Business Meeting & Officer Election
10:30-11:45Exhibit Hall - Networking and Activites
12:00-1:15Golden Bell Promise Program Luncheon Sponsored by Cox Business
1:30-3:30Breakout Sessions
Empowering Excellence and Success through Student Leadership
Dr. Lily Matos DeBlieux, Superintendent, Pendergast ESD;
Susan Perin, Board President, PESD; Ray Pohlmeyer, Director of Interactive Design & Digital Learning, PESD
Excellence IS Possible David Verdugo, Superintendent, Santa Cruz Valley USD;
Stephen Schadler, Assistant Superintendent, Curriculum & Instruction, SCVUSD; Melisa Lunderville, Assistant Superintendent, Student Services,
“Climate Change” for LGBTQ Students: Proven Tools for Promoting Inclusion and Defusing Discrimination in K-12 SchoolsSkyler Tuholsky-Froke, Education Coordinator, GLSEN Phoenix
School Counselors: Building Better HumansAmanda Nolasco, Chair Arizona School Counselors Association; Janine Menard, Past Chair, AzSCA; Sarah Skemp, Assistant Chair, AzSCA
Bonus Outcomes: How a Focus on Student Social-Emotional Health Improved Job Satisfaction of TeachersDr. Cecilia Sanchez, Director of Special Services, Cartwright ESD; Marissa Hernandez, Board President, CESD; Denice Garcia, Board Vice President, CESD

Golden Bell Winner: Elementary
Golden Bell Winner: High School
3:30-4:30Breakout Sessions
Incorporating Students in Your Emergency Management PlansKaylee Sorensen, Emergency Management Consultant, The Trust
Never Giving Up: Educating Our Most Vulnerable StudentsSteve King, Superintendent, Cottonwood-Oak Creek USD; Eric Marcus, Governing Board President, COCUSD
Professional Development: A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting and Retaining TeachersTom Huffman, Executive Director of Educational Services, Agua Fria UHSD; Dr. Grant Conway, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, AFUHSD; Angela Madsen, Director of Federal Programs, AFUHSD
Connect and Collaborate: Mental Health Partnerships in SchoolsBryan Davey, CEO, Touchstone Behavioral Health; Carmen Heredia, CEO, Valle del Sol; Erica Chavez, Director of Prevention, Touchstone Behavioral Health
Golden Bell Winner: District-Wide
Golden Bell Winner: CTED
An Introduction to the ASBA Equity Committee & Alliances
4:30-6:30Reception, Entertainment & Prizes in the Exhibit Hall
PLUS Corn Hole Tournament
Sponsored by Varitec Solutions and Schneider Electric
7:30-10:00Retirement Celebration & Reception for Dr. Timothy Ogle, ASBA Executive Director
Thursday, December 19th
8:00-8:30Coffee & Lobby Entertainment
8:30-9:45Annual Awards Breakfast
Sponsored by Midstate Energy
10:00-10:50Breakout Sessions
Extend Your Reach: How Podcasting Can Help Rural SchoolsDr. Melissa Sadorf, Stanfield ESD Superintendent
Drop-Out Prevention: It Takes All of UsTim Brienza
Staff Retention Strategies to Help Improve Student Educational OutcomesCorina Madruga, Governing Board President, Tolleson UHSD; Nora Gutierrez, Superintendent, TUHSD; Juan M. Ceja, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, TUHSD
Preventing an Undercount of AZ Children: How the Census Impacts SchoolsLiz Luna, Regional Census Campaign Manager, NALEO; Monica Trejo, Board Vice President, Tempe Elementary School District
Shattered Futures: Moving from Tragedy to TriumphDr. Ember Conley, Superintendent, Mesa Public Schools
An Evolution of Mexican American Studies in ArizonaMaría C. Federico Brummer, Director, Mexican American Student Services, Tucson USD; Dominique Calza, Program Coordinator, Mexican American Student Services, TUSD; Lorenzo Lopez Jr.
Creating an Inclusive School Environment through a Unified Sports ProgramJenda Ballard, Teacher, Chino Valley H.S.; Heidi Wolf, Principal, Chino Valley H.S.
11:00-12:00Keynote: Bathsheba Smithen
Bathsheba Smithen, Motivational Speaker, Radio, Personality, Performing Artist, Author, Educational Consultant, and the CEO and Founder of Cage Free Voices, LLC
12:00-12:15Conference Closing & Prize Drawing

The ASBA/ASA Annual Conference will be Dec. 17-19, 2019, located at J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge.
(Please NOTE: This year’s conference days are: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)

Exhibitor reservation forms and payment must be received in the ASBA office NO LATER than 4p.m. on Friday, Oct.25, 2019.

Sponsors receive priority on booth location. All others are assigned based on the date payment is received.

Learn more here.

For reservations at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge, call 1-800-835-6206 no later than Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 or book online at https://book.passkey.com/go/AZSchoolBoardsAssociation. The ASBA room rate is $169 single/double. All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

We expect our room block to sell out. To be fair to all concerned, we request that our members only reserve those hotel rooms that will indeed be used. We appreciate your cooperation. This will provide as many attendees as possible a chance to enjoy the convenience of staying at the conference hotel.

The deadline for conference cancellations is Monday, December 9, 2019. Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to klink@azsba.org by that date. No shows or cancellations received after Dec. 9 will not be refunded. Those registered are entitled to send substitutes in their place.

Should you require assistance with the registration process, please call the ASBA office at 602-254-1100 or 1-800-238-4701.

MEALS FOR GUESTS OF REGISTERED ATTENDEES (This does not include any award winners)
Registered attendees are welcome to bring guests to meal functions, however, guest meal tickets must be purchased online by Monday, Dec. 9. Award winners attending the conference just to receive their award will be able to purchase tickets in a separate area. Due to advance guarantees required by the hotel, we cannot guarantee the availability of additional meal tickets at the conference.


December 17 @ 8:30 am
December 19 @ 4:30 pm
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J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge
5350 E Marriott Dr.
Phoenix, AZ 85054 United States
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