The August webinar has been rescheduled for Thursday, Sept. 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. The topic is one every school board member needs to hear. The webinar, Common Mistakes that Get School Boards in Trouble with Their Audit, is worth 1.5 hours in the AASB School Board Member Academy. Registration is now open. Webinar training hours go toward meeting state training requirements. Additional webinars will be taught Nov. 5, Feb. 11, April 7 and May 5.
Earn 1 training hour toward state-required school board training for AASB's Aug. 31-Sept. 21 Fall District Meetings, Virtual Vision & Legislative Litmus.By the fall of 2016, every Alabama school system must offer some form of online learning for students. Whether it’s specific online course offerings you couldn’t offer in a traditional brick-and-mortar classroom or a full virtual high school, your school board and superintendent have the flexibility to create a program that meets your students’ needs in new and creative ways. Also during the program, we will ask you to weigh in on some of the issues expected to take center stage during the 2016 legislative session. The $25 cost includes your meal. Sample Policies | Brochure | Register
Registration is now open for the fall AASB School Board Member Academy core course. Leadership to Create the Optimal Learning Environment will be taught Oct. 4 and 5 at The Renaissance Montgomery Hotel in downtown Montgomery. The conference will feature keynote speaker Elizabeth H. Huntley, J.D., who is of counsel for Lightfoot, Franklin & White and author of the motivating memoir More Than A Bird. Huntley, an acclaimed speaker on the power of excellent teachers in the lives of young children, will sign books at the conference. Dr. Tim Hodges, who will also deliver a presentation, is director of research for GALLUP’s Education Practice and is an expert on employee engagement. The conference is $149 for members and $290 for nonmembers. After the conference on Oct. 5, AASB will host a Friending Social Media Workshop ($99 for members and $199 for nonmembers).
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The AASB Board of Directors includes a president, vice president, immediate past president as well as nine district directors representing geographic areas of the state. Nominations are now being accepted for vice president and president, and district director elections open soon in AASB Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8. District 2 Director Donald Nichols has served the maximum two terms and is unable to seek re-election. Mike Oakley of Bibb County and Kirit Chapatwala of Selma are vying for that seat. District 4’s Gwen Harris-Brooks of Lanett, District 6’s Kathy Landers of Talladega County and District 8’s Karen Duke of Decatur have submitted their names for re-election. Pam Doyle of the Alabama School of Math and Science is seeking the president's office. Nominees for vice president include Nichols, Harris-Brooks, Bill Minor of Dallas County, David Vess of Madison County and James Woosley of Satsuma. A memo containing details has been mailed. More about AASB governance.
AASB's clearinghouse links you to important information school boards may wish to consider as they explore whether they would like to authorize charter schools this year or in future years. This clearinghouse includes the application and instructions, a guiding memo from the state superintendent of education, the Alabama School Choice and Student Opportunity Act as well as other resources to help you decide. A recent memo has been issued that allows an extension of the authorizer application deadline to Sept. 15. However, a deadline extension must be requested by Sept. 1.
LEAN Frog, in association with AASB, is proud to announce the second annual "Alabama's Best" contest. The contest recognizes best practices and innovations in Alabama's K-12 public schools that impact student achievement and promote effective and efficient use of public resources. Each Alabama public school system may submit up to three entries describing a best practice implemented within the last two school years (2013-14, 2014-15). The winning entry will receive $3,000. Two runner-up entries will receive $1,000 each. The contest begins June 29. The deadline to enter is Oct. 15. | Enter
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 2015 Alabama Association of School Boards Convention in Birmingham. Performances will be Dec. 4 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel. All applications are due into the AASB office by Aug. 28. | Apply now
At Thursday’s state Board of Education meeting, the board welcomed new member Matthew Brown, who was appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to replace Al Thompson in District 1. Brown’s first meeting and work session were chockfull of topics – from the science course of study, changes to administrative rules and the special session to dyslexic students and a collaborative effort in Alabama to commonly define remediation. Before proceeding with the scheduled meeting agenda, state Superintendent of Education Dr. Tommy Bice acknowledged those who travelled to Montgomery because they mistakenly thought the science course of study was being voted upon at the meeting. | More For Your Information