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AASB's March Conference, Leadership for Policy and Planning, will take place both in-person and virtually March 5 and 6 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel.

Join us March 5 and 6 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel for AASB's Spring Academy Core Conference, Leadership for Policy and Planning (6 training hours), with informative sessions to help boards develop policies that raise student achievement, fulfill their responsibilities and comply with the law. This course emphasizes vital topics for every local board of education such as strategic planning, using technology and keeping the community informed.

Arrive early and earn extra hours by participating in the early bird workshop, Conflict Ahead: Navigating Difficult Conversations and People (2 training hours), Friday, March 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. Dialogue about sensitive or controversial topics such as inequality, religion or politics can be challenging, yet these issues frequently make their way into board discussions. Without a clear sense of purpose, these conversations can stray off course, causing misunderstandings that damage relationships. This interactive session will focus on strategies for engaging in much-needed but often-avoided conversations in a way that promotes better understanding and preserves relationships.

Main Conference Registration | $155


Early Bird Workshop Registration | $75


Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - The Wynfrey Hotel online or by phone.  

ONLINE: Click here to book your reservation online

BY PHONE: Call 1-800-233-1234 and use Group Code G-1124

Important: COVID-19 Safety Precautions

The health and safety of AASB's members and staff are our highest priority. We have meticulously planned this conference to incorporate recommended health guidance such as maximum social distancing among attendees, eliminating self-service food and beverage lines and requiring facial coverings. We're also eliminating the on-site registration process and the scanning of name badges. All badges and conference materials will be placed at assigned seating for in-person attendees.


  General Session Speakers

Crisis Planning & Emergency Management for School Systems
Brian Hastings, AL EMA Director

Demographic Trends Impacting Alabama’s Schools 
Ryan Hankins, PARCA Executive Director 

Workforce and Job Growth Trends
Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary of Commerce


CARES Act Funding: Mitigating COVID-19 Learning Loss
Angela Martin, Assistant State Superintendent of Evaluation, Accountability and Support


Building Resilience Through Stewardship
Jeff De Cagna, Executive Advisor, Foresight First LLC


  Mini Clinic Sessions


Best Practices in Policy Development 
Attorney Melissa McKie 

Risk Management and Minimizing Lawsuits 
Attorney Lucy Hester Sellers 

  Early Bird Workshop Presenters

Cristin F. Brawner, Executive Director
David Mathews Center for Civic Life

Gabrielle Lamplugh, Education Director
David Mathews Center for Civic Life