We have great things to celebrate this year and 75 years of school board work to reminisce about. We hope you plan now to join us in November! Whether you are a veteran board member, a superintendent, a board support professional, or a first-time attendee, the 75th 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 2018 ISBA Scholarship Application & Guidelines are available HERE.
TOPIC: How Innovative Schools Foster Deeper Student Learning and Engagement
An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. Dr. McLeod has worked with several hundred schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work. He is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media. His new book, The Relevance Gap: 6 Arguments for Why Schools Need To Be Different, will be published this spring.
TOPIC: Making School Really Work
Dale Dougherty founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and which has spread to nearly 200 events in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees. He is CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in San Francisco, CA. In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” and in 2014 at the White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering. Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds”. He is co-author of “Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities”.
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.