Approximately 2,000 new and veteran education leaders heard legislative updates on school funding, received in-depth training on critical issues facing local districts, and shared ideas for effective board governance and cost-efficient programs.
Jim Brazell, Thursday’s general session speaker, is a technology forecaster and strategist on innovation and transformation. He addressed how demographic and globalization trends, mixed with today’s technology, dictate the need for new directions and methods for schools.
Wes Moore, Friday’s keynote, shared his personal story on the consequences of responsibility. An Army combat veteran, business leader, and author, he became an investment professional after serving as a special assistant at the White House.
School bullying, digital communication, social networking, board ethics, new state assessments, public confidence, and academic success with diverse students were among issues discussed during the institute. A number of sessions examined the specific needs of small and rural school districts. Sessions for newly elected trustees and board presidents offered a combination of both breakout and in-depth formats on all facets of board governance.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949, to serve local public school districts. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.8 million students.