Whether you are a veteran board member, a superintendent, a board support professional, or a first-time attendee, the 74th ISBA Annual Convention has the tools you need to help shape the future of Idaho public education. You’ll come away with practical ideas, best practices, and a renewed commitment to help your board accomplish the critical work ahead.
When attending a convention with hundreds of people and dozens of workshops to consider, there is no question that it can be overwhelming. Attendees often find themselves asking three common questions; “Where do I start, what workshops should I attend and how do I connect with the right people?” Read How to Make the Most of Your Convention Experience.
The ISBA Scholarship Trust has awarded over $115,000 in scholarships in the past 13 years. These scholarships would not be possible without those attendees who donate and buy items. Please bring a donation item to the Convention and consider bidding during the live and silent auctions. The Scholarship Trust is a 501(c)(3) so your donations are tax-deductible! The 2016 ISBA Scholarship Application & Guidelines are Available Here.
TOPIC: Stand Up for Idaho Public Schools through Exceptional Governance
School board members are champions for public schools. We advocate. We cheerlead. We encourage. In multiple ways, we stand up for public schools. Perhaps the greatest and most important way we stand up for public schools is through exceptional governance as a board.
Dr. Phil Gore was a school board member in the Seattle-area, currently oversees board development for the Texas Association of School Boards, and is a published author and researcher on school governance. Phil shares national practices related to increased student performance through Exceptional Governance. Consider practical steps your board can take to improve the outcomes for children in your district or charter school.
TOPIC: A Brief History of K-12 in Idaho, Featuring Highlights and Lowlights of the Last 179 Years
Marty Peterson is in his 56th year of public service in Idaho. With a lifelong interest in Idaho history and active involvement in Idaho education at all levels, he will discuss many of the high points of education in Idaho since the first school opened in 1837. While many of these items are obscure and largely forgotten in Idaho’s history, they were the building stones that made possible the public school system we have today. But there are also a number of undesirable accomplishments that have been long forgotten that are also part of Idaho public school history. These are largely things that you won’t hear about in a 4th grade Idaho history class.
During the Business Session, school board members debate and vote on the resolutions that have been submitted by school districts, regions, or the ISBA Executive Board. Every resolution that is passed by the membership at the Business Session establishes ISBA’s Legislative Platform. ISBA then pursues, through the legislature, all the initiatives outlined in the platform. As a school board member, this is your opportunity to have your voice heard concerning the proposals that have been submitted.