AASB’s Enactments are now available. Click here for a summary of education-related legislation that became law during the 2014 Regular Legislative Session which includes links to the acts and effective dates.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 17:40
Do you have a governance best practice or innovative program you would like to share with your school board peers? AASB invites you to submit a proposal to present a clinic session during AASB’s 2014 Convention Dec. 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Sharing your successes is a great way to help strengthen public education throughout Alabama. Topics might include effective board leadership and governance practices; navigating legal issues; using the latest technology to engage students in the classroom; programs that have a proven record for improving student achievement. Click here to submit a clinic proposal. The submition deadline is May 30, 2014.
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 18:09
Do you have the best student color guard, thespians, musicians, singers, dancers and the like? Are your students' talents unique and mesmerizing? Show them off to nearly 500 school board members from across the state. Showcase student talent and your board's dedication to the arts. AASB is seeking talented student performers and an exceptional ROTC color guard for the 2014 Alabama Association of School Boards Convention in Birmingham. Performances will be Dec. 5 at Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel. All applications are due into the AASB office by Aug. 30. | Apply Now
Last Updated on Friday, 18 April 2014 18:11
Schools for a World that Doesn't Exist ... Yet is the theme of the Alabama Association of School Boards 2014 Summer Conference set for June 20-22 at The Perdido in Orange Beach. School board members can earn 7 training hours for the conference. The AASB School Board Member Academy will also present its Roles & Responsibilities and Effective Boards and Relationships orientation courses for new school board members (refresher for veteran members) on June 19 & 20. Registration for the June 21 & 22 Alabama Council of School Board Attorneys Annual Summer Seminar is also open. Discount housing at The Perdido host hotel often sells out before the close date, which is May 30 this year. Use group code 7642 when calling 800/634-8001.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:12
The Creating a High-performing Team webinar will help board members understand the behaviors critical to creating a team with members who trust each other, focus on results and key issues and are able to disagree productively. The May 1 teleconference/webinar begins at 11:30 a.m. central time, ends at 1 p.m. and costs only $50 per individual caller or $200 per group call. School board members will earn 1.5 training hours. School board members, system personnel, supervisors of school personnel and other AASB members with an interest in the topic are welcome to participate. | Register
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:03
AASB's April 29 Making Middle Grades Work site visit will give participants a chance to see and ask questions about advancing student achievement in middle grades and preparing middle grade students for future success. Visits are designed to help boards conveniently earn their state-mandated training hours through information-rich, first-hand educational opportunities. Visits are open to whole boards, individual school board members and superintendents and may satisfy the whole board training requirement. Shelby County's Oak Mountain Middle School will host the visit from 9:30 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. | Register
Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 April 2014 22:16
In this case, a female employee sued her superintendent and the board for repeatedly failing to select her for various supervisory positions. She claimed gender discrimination and retaliation pursuant to Title VII and the Equal Protection clause. The defendants moved for summary judgment based on lack of evidence, and in addition, the superintendent asserted the defense of qualified immunity. The trial court denied summary judgment and the superintendent appealed. | More
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:15
The State Board of Education delved into two hot topics at its April 9 K-12 meeting and April 10 work session: using test data to inform education and establishing a meaningful model for school accountability. At Thursday's work session, the state board was updated on development of the state's accountability plan. State Department of Education official Shanthia Washington is coordinating the accountability plan effort and said the first phase began this year to collect baseline data. | More For Your Information
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:16
The House approved the education budget compromise Thursday and adjourned sine die preventing the governor from adding executive amendments. The legislative strategy forces the governor to either sign the $5.9 billion budget, with no pay raise, or call a special session. Bentley's push for a 2 percent raise in the final week frustrated legislative leadership. A compromise had been reached before the spring break to instead fully fund employees' health insurance costs in the Public Education Employee Health Insurance Plan. | More Advocate For Schools
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:22
The 2014 edition of the Spring Alabama School Boards magazine features articles on common core standards, student assessments, using interim superintendents, partnering with advocacy groups and more. The cover story, "Bright Future: Shining a light on Alabama's assessments," discusses the sea change the state's student assessments are undergoing. State officials are shifting from tests that measure whether students are performing at grade level to tests that take a longer view and assess how prepared students will be to enter college or the workforce. Read the Spring 2014 Issue | Follow/Subscribe
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:23
The Alabama Association of School Boards offers courses in the new School Board U portal for online school board training. The courses are designed to help school board members comply with the School Board Governance Improvement Act of 2012 that targets school board effectiveness. Now school board members have 24/7 access to affordable AASB courses on such topics as technology trends in learning; students' rights; the board's role in personnel hearings; the key work of school boards; school board member orientation on effective boards and relationships; and school board member orientation on board roles and responsibilities. Just register and take the course at your own pace. Complete the course to earn credit. | Course Catalog | Governance Act/Board Training Requirements and Resources
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 April 2014 21:18