This past week, the Alaska Association of School Boards held their 61st Annual Conference in Anchorage. It is one of the largest education related conferences held in Alaska each year. School board members from Barrow to Ketchikan attend together, learning from each other and the presenters.
The mission of AASB is “to advocate for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing quality public education, focused on student achievement, through effective local governance.” Their annual conference helps fulfill the mission by including workshops specifically designed for new board members, experienced board members and board presidents. Each year the conference has a unique theme. The 2014 theme was “Stand, Speak and Soar.”
Expert presenters and many sectionals at the conference also equip board members and superintendents to lead a shared vision for quality education. Sectionals during the 2014 conferencing included such titles as, “School Law”, “First Robotics in Alaska”, “Foster Grandparents/Elder Mentor Program”, “Alaska Career and Technical Education”, “Playground Safety Programs” and many others. Handouts and other documents shared with board members at the sessions are on the AASB website at www.aasb.org.
All seven members of the Copper River School District Board of Education attended this year’s conference. Each of them interacted with board members from all across Alaska. They shared with others about our challenges in the CRSD and learned about the issues facing Alaska’s other school districts. The next time you bump into a CRSD board member, ask them what they learned at this year’s conference that will guide them as they set policy in the CRSD. I’m confident you’ll learn something new and appreciate the time and thought our board members invest in providing a quality education for our students.
When time permits, please take time to visit www.aasb.org. In addition to resources from this year’s conference, you’ll also find information about AASB’s many other projects, including their tireless advocacy for public education.