Carlisle County School District leaders gain ideas to boost student learning, school management
Jan. 25, 2010 – Increasing quality teacher instruction. Lessons from single-gender classrooms. Protecting students from cyber bullying. Legal issues involving high school athletics. Student input on school boards. Eliminating student achievement gaps. Trimming budgets while moving learning forward.
These items just scratched the surface of the learning opportunities when Brian Grogan, Kevin O’Neill, Tiffany Wildharber, William Stermon, Ruth Dietsch and Superintendent Keith Shoulders attended the 74th annual conference of the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Jan. 22-24 in Louisville.
An estimated 1000 school board members, superintendents, state officials and other education advocates participated in more than 50 sessions and workshops during the conference. The topics, tied to the theme Public Education – Kentucky’s Common Wealth, covered such areas as dropout prevention; service learning; energy-saving school designs; successful preschool programs; using technology to improve bus transportation systems; and student health, safety and literacy programs in Kentucky schools.
Participants heard school perspectives from Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, National School Boards Association President C.H. Savoie of Paradis, La., and education leaders from Illinois, Maryland, and South Carolina.
KSBA President Delmar Mahan of the Whitley County Board of Education, called the three-day event “an outstanding sharing of ideas and solutions for Kentucky’s school leaders.”
“These are challenging times for school board members and superintendents, here and elsewhere. The goal of this conference has been to expose our members to new options to enhance the learning experience of our students and the management capabilities of those leaders,” Mahan said.
Kentucky law requires all school board members to receive annual professional development training. Many board members obtain a substantial portion of their training hours at the KSBA conference.