AASB's School Board U portal features affordable online courses available 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. State rules require 6 hours of annual continuing education for school board members and orientation courses for new school board members and re-appointed/re-elected board members who have never taken the orientation. AASB's Roles & Responsibilities and Effective Boards & Relationships online orientation courses fit the bill. (Orientation will also be taught Dec. 2 & 3, prior to the AASB Annual Convention.) Hours of other courses are available to satisfy the state requirement that school board members earn 4 hours each year of training as individuals. (Another 2 hours must be earned as a whole board.) | Course Catalog
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
AASB's Dec. 2-5 Annual Convention, Orientation and Delegate Assembly will be at The Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Orientation courses will be taught Dec. 2 and 3. Convention opens on Dec. 3, which is also when the association has its annual business meeting, the Delegate Assembly. Those who have reserved accommodations at the host hotel are asked to please register very soon for the convention and orientation courses. Space is limited, and hotel reservation alone does not reserve seating at the event. Overflow accommodations are available (email us). | Register | Exhibit
The AASB 2015 Nominating Committee recommends as president Pam Doyle of the Alabama School of Math and Science. Doyle is currently vice president. District 1 Director James Woosley of Satsuma is the vice president nominee. District 2 school boards must select their nominee for director and return ballots by Oct. 31 to AASB Executive Director Sally Smith, P.O. Drawer 230488, Montgomery, AL 36123. The candidates are Kirit Chapatwala of Selma and Mike Oakley of Bibb County. Kudos go to District 4 Director Gwen Harris-Brooks of Lanett, District 6 Director Kathy Landers of Talladega County and District 8 Director Karen Duke of Decatur. All were not contested and will serve a second term that begins at the close of the Dec. 3-5 AASB Annual Convention in Birmingham. Incoming officers must earn their final nod at the Dec. 3 Delegate Assembly. | 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.
The All-State School Board Member award, one of AASB’s highest honors, celebrates the work of Alabama school board members who have exhibited exemplary boardmanship. AASB will honor the 2015 honorees at an awards luncheon during the annual convention in December. The honorees are Eddie Chambers of Henry County, Renee Clark of Saraland, Jerry Groce of Russellville, Mark Nelson of Tuscaloosa County and Melissa Snowden of Montgomery County.
Go science! That’s the phrase Vestavia Hills High School science teacher Jennifer Brown used to celebrate new Alabama-crafted standards for science education that emphasize applied learning. The 2015-16 Alabama Teacher of the Year cheered on the standards as incentive to treat science as a verb. Thursday’s state Board of Education meeting was the second in which public comment overwhelmingly supported the Alabama Science Course of Study, which the state board unanimously approved. It is thought that extending the time to collect public opinion and tweaking the proposal in response to relevant concerns eased the approval process. | More For Your Information