Loading…

Sign up or log in to bookmark your favorites and sync them to your phone or calendar.

Wednesday, June 6
 

10:00am

New Board Member Orientation
Traits of High Performing Governance Teams (GVP 5)*

AGENDA (Subject to change)

9:00 a.m.  Registration Opens

10:00 a.m.  Introductions Welcome & Goals
   Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, GSBA
   Tom Odom, President, GSBA
   Tony Arasi, Director, Board Development, GSBA
   Dr. Sam King, Director, Superintendent Searches and Training & Curriculum Manager

10:05 a.m.  Roles & Responsibilities
   Zenda Bowie, Director of Field Services, GSBA

11:00 a.m.   Key Items of Importance for New School Board Members:
   Roles & Responsibilities & Traits of High Performing School Boards
   Zenda Bowie, GSBA Director of Field Services
   Julie Rhame, GSBA Board Development Trainer
   John Zauner, GSSA Executive Director
   Dr. Sam King

12:00 p.m.   Informal Discussion/Participant Topics

12:30 p.m.  Break

1:15 p.m.  Introductions

1:20 p.m.  School Law/Roles & Responsibilities
   Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley & Hawkins, LLC

3:15 p.m.  Break

3:30 p.m.  Parliamentary Procedure & Effective Meetings
   Zenda Bowie, Director of Field Services

4:30 p.m.  Board of Education – Code of Ethics
   Tony Arasi & Julie Rhame

5:30 p.m.  Summary Day One

Speakers
avatar for Tony Arasi

Tony Arasi

Director of Board Development, Georgia School Boards Association
Mr. Arasi has served as the Director of Professional Development for GSBA for 11 years. Responsibilities include organizing the two conferences held annually as well as organizing and conducting regional workshops, and whole board governance training for individual school districts... Read More →
avatar for Zenda Bowie

Zenda Bowie

Director of Field Services, GSBA
Zenda Bowie was named director of  eld services for GSBA in September 2006. Her responsibilities include oversight of the mentoring program, the Federal Relations Network and support of GSBA’s Board Development activities. Zenda served 17 years as an elected school board member... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Samuel King

Dr. Samuel King

Director of Superintendent Searches & Board Dev Manager, Georgia School Boards Association
Dr. Samuel T. King joined Georgia School Boards Association in July 2016 as Training and Curriculum Manager in School Board Governance. He has 32 years of public education experience. Prior to retiring in 2015, he served as Superintendent of Rockdale County Schools, Georgia and Norfolk... Read More →


Wednesday June 6, 2018 10:00am - 5:30pm
Trustees Hall (2nd Level)
 
Thursday, June 7
 

8:30am

New Board Member Orientation with Georgia Dept of Education
Fundamentals of Financial Governance (GVP 7)*

AGENDA (Subject to change)

8:30 a.m.  Welcome & Overview
   Tony Arasi, GSBA Director of Board Development
   Ted Beck, Chief Financial Officer, Georgia Department of Education

8:45 a.m.  Fiscal Responsibilities of Board Members
   Larry Winter, 14th Congressional District
   State Board of Education, Georgia Department of Education

9:15 a.m.  Risk, Internal Controls and Audits
   Larry Winter

9:45 a.m. How Schools are Funded in Georgia
   Ted Beck


10:15 a.m.  Break

10:30 a.m.  Federal Funds and Program Management
   Craig Geers, Division Director, Outreach Programs
   Georgia Department of Education

11:30 a.m.  Budgeting
   Amy Rowell, Director of Financial Review
   Georgia Department of Education

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:00 p.m.  Facilities and Capital Outlay
   Mike Rowland, Finance Department
   Georgia Department of Education


2:00 p.m.  Break

2:15 p.m.  Financial Reporting and Fund Accounting
   Amy Rowell

2:45 p.m.   QBE Overview
   Ted Beck

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Wrap-up
   Evaluations
   Credit Forms

   Adjourn

Speakers
TB

Ted Beck

Chief Financial Officer, Georgia Department of Education
CG

Craig Geers

Division Director, Outreach Programs, Georgia Department of Education
AR

Amy Rowell

GaDOE staff, Presenter
MR

Mike Rowland

Facilities Services Director, Georgia Department of Education
avatar for Larry Winter

Larry Winter

Board Member-14th Congressional District, State Board of Education
Larry Winter is a Certified Public Accountant and Managing Partner of Winter & Scoggins CPAs with offices in Dalton and Calhoun. A graduate of the University of Florida (BSBA ’71), Mr. Winter is also board certified as a Certified Valuation Analyst, Certified Fraud Examiner and... Read More →


Thursday June 7, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm
Trustees Hall (2nd Level)

8:30am

Policy Workshop
Suggestion: We will have the law, you bring your policies.  Bookmark your policy manual on eBoard on your electronic device of choice and bring it with you to the workshop. Then you and your other board members can access specific policies in your manual as they are discussed by the presenters.

(GVP 4, 5, 6)*

AGENDA (Subject to change)

8:30 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
                        Angela Palm, Director of Policy & Legislative Services

8:40 a.m.   A Renewed Focus on School Safety and How Boards Are Responding   
  • Developing a Safety Plan, Policy and Practices and Keeping it Current
  • Arming Staff From Teachers to SROs: Options and Best Practices
  • Training and Notice to the Public: When Is It Critical or When Is It Dangerous?
  • Student Walkouts, Protests and Teachable Moments

10:00 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m.  The 2018 General Assembly & Other Policy Developments from Washington & the Courts
  • Exactly What Passed in 2018 That Matters to Local Boards?
  • School Climate Protocol, Suspending Five Year Olds, Medical Marijuana, OCR Backs Off and So Much More
  • The Georgia Supreme Court Addresses Immunity and What It Means for Board Policy
  • The Year To Come and How Do You Get Ready?

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:15 p.m.    Sexual Harassment In The Workplace: #MeToo has Changed the School Workplace
  • What Policies Do You Have and What Policies and Practices Do You Need?
  • How Should a Complaint Be Handled and What Is the Role of the Board?
  • What Can Get the School District Sued and How to Avoid It?
  • Who Needs to Be Trained and About What?
 
2:30 p.m.    Break

2:45 p.m.    The Governance Team: The Critical Relationship Between Board and Superintendent
  • Who Are You Looking For As Your Next Leader: The Steps and Process of an Effective Superintendent Search
  • Maintaining an Effective Governance Team: Protocols, Evaluations and Marriage Counseling
  • The Role of Policy in Defining the Relationship
  • Preparing For a Transition: Contract Language, Succession Planning, Negotiating a Successful Breakup

3:45 p.m.   Question & Answer Session

4:00 p.m.    Adjourn

Speakers
avatar for Phil Hartley, Esq.

Phil Hartley, Esq.

Harben, Hartley & Hawkins
Phillip L. Hartley graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1976 and then obtained his J.D. degree with honors from the University of Georgia Law School in 1979.  He was a member of the Georgia Law Review, Order of the Coif and Phi Beta Kappa.  After law school, he... Read More →
avatar for Angela Palm

Angela Palm

Director of Policy and Legislative Services, Georgia School Boards Association
Angela Palm is Director of Policy and Legislative Services for the Georgia School Boards Association. She leads the team assisting local boards with policy issues, review and development and directs the state and federal advocacy programs. Prior to GSBA, Ms. Palm was executive director... Read More →



Thursday June 7, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm
Regency Ballroom (2nd Level)

8:30am

Rewriting the Rules for Student Success and Community Enrichment
PDK International will lead a one-day learning session to increase the knowledge and skills of GSBA members around issues of equity, access, and opportunity in support of greater success for all students. School board members will learn about the results of the 2017 PDK poll of Georgians’ attitudes towards public education and use it to plan for increasing student achievement throughout the State.

PDK International applies a systems approach involving six elements of change: values, governance, resources, content, talent, and culture. These provide a framework for adaptive change management that recognizes:
  • learning new ways, shifts in attitudes, beliefs and behaviors are essential; and
  • implementation is only as good as the desire of people to make the changes necessary to improve outcomes for all children.
(GVP 6)*

AGENDA (Subject to Change)

8:30 a.m.  Setting the Stage - Overview
    Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D.. CEO, PDK International, and
    Gislaine Ngounou, Chief Program Officer, PDK International

9:00 a.m.  Public Narratives - Participants will learn how to leverage the power of narrative and storytelling as an effective tool for organizing, mobilizing people to action and leadership.

10:00 a.m.  Break

10:15 a.m.  What Data?  Whose Data?  So What?  - Participants will dive into the results of the GA Poll results (public’s perception on public education) to deepen understanding and discuss implications for the work of school systems, policymakers, communities – and more importantly, implications for the role of governance/ boards.

11:15 a.m.  Deeper Dive Through Critical Race Theory - Participants will share stories of their respective contexts and engage in reflection – to further understand the WHY of systemic and persistent inequities in their contexts.

12:00 p.m.  Lunch

1:15 p.m.  Taking a Systemic Approach - Learn a change management approach based on six design principals aimed at furthering equity through adaptive strategies; participants may dive into a mini case study to illustrate the approach and aid in their own action planning.

2:15 p.m.  Break

2:30 p.m.  Assessing your Capacity:  Where are you on the continuum? - Participants will conclude the learning experience by formulating 1-2 goals, based on the self-work they wish to continue to develop, as well as the governing leadership they exercise in their own community.

3:15 p.m.  Commitments 

4:00 p.m.  Adjourn

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gislaine Ngounou

Dr. Gislaine Ngounou

Chief Program Officer, PDK International
Dr. Gislaine Ngounou is an education leader and a social justice activist. Born and raised in Cameroon, she immigrated to the United States to pursue a degree in electrical engineering. Through her work with the Children Defense Fund’s Freedom Schools, she discovered her true calling... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Joshua Starr

Dr. Joshua Starr

CEO, PDK INternational
Joshua P. Starr, Ed.D., is a lifelong educator with 22 years of service in public schools. He became chief executive officer of PDK on June 29, 2015.Dr. Starr began his career teaching special education in Brooklyn, N.Y. After attending graduate school, he served in various administrative... Read More →


Thursday June 7, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm
Scarbrough 4-5 (Lobby Level)

8:30am

True Community Engagement: Beyond listing it on your strategic plan
(GVP All Components)*

AGENDA (Subject to change)

8:30 a.m.  Welcome & Introductions
Table icebreaker, Power of Community

9:15 a.m.  Top 10 Issues in Public Education/EdQuest Georgia
    Caitlin Daugherty Kokenes, MSPP, Project Associate, GPEE

10:30 a.m.  Break

10:45 a.m.  Strategic Plan Evaluation and Awareness
    Dr. Stan DeJarnett, Director – GA Vision Project, GSBA
How do Education Issues across the state most impact your individual district Strategic Plan?
Which of the top 10 issues is most affecting your school district? Does your current strategic plan address it? What three things could you actively do to affect change with this problem?

12:00 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m.  Engaging the toughest to reach parents: Millennials
    Jimmy Cushingham, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Who we are as Millennials
    • By age
    • By action
  • The Slash Generation
  • Reality TV lifestyle
  • Goal setting with Millennials
  • Our Strengths
  • How to Engage Us
2:00 p.m.  Building Blocks of Family Engagement Six Standards of Measurement
    Karen Hallacy, President-Elect of Georgia PTA and
    Donna Kosicki, Family Engagement Chair, and Director of the Bi-Annual Georgia Family Engagement Conference

2:45 p.m.  Break

3:00 p.m.  VILLA Overview
    Lisa-Marie Haygood, Consultant, GSBA and
    Kyla Cromer, School Board Chair, Cherokee County

4:00 p.m.  Wrap-up and Adjourn

Speakers
avatar for Lisa-Marie Haygood

Lisa-Marie Haygood

Consultant/Facilitator, Georgia School Boards Association
Lisa-Marie Haygood is the Executive Director of the Cherokee County Educational Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 entity committed to raising funds to enhance teaching and learning opportunities for the Cherokee County School District. She serves as the Immediate Past State President... Read More →


Thursday June 7, 2018 8:30am - 4:00pm
Scarbrough 1-2 (Lobby Level)

12:00pm

Board Chair Luncheon
Meet with your peers over lunch to network and discuss issues related to board leadership.

Speakers
avatar for Valarie Wilson

Valarie Wilson

Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association
Mrs. Valarie Wilson joined the Georgia School Boards Association in the summer of 2015 as its fifth Executive Director. Mrs. Wilson was elected to the school board of the City Schools of Decatur in 2002 and became the moving force behind the establishment of the College Heights Early... Read More →


Thursday June 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Harborside (River Street Level)

12:00pm

Lunch
Boxed lunch to be picked up and take back to workshops / exhibit areas to eat.

Thursday June 7, 2018 12:00pm - 1:15pm
Take back to workshops or exhibit area
 
Friday, June 8
 

7:30am

8:30am

First General Session
Presiding: Tom Odom, GSBA President

Introduction of GSBA Board of Directors

Welcome: Alderman Van Johnson, City of Savannah

Inspiration: Valdosta City Chorus, Valdosta High School

Student Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Donna Beegle - An Insider’s Perspective on Growing up in Poverty in America

Exemplary Board Recognition  (One representative from each winning board goes to Stage to accept award.)

  • Dr. Beegle will be signing her books after this session breaks downstairs in Lobby Level behind the Escalators - approximately 10:30 a.m.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Donna Beegle

Dr. Donna Beegle

President, Communication Across Barriers
Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:30am
Regency Ballroom (2nd Level)

11:15am

Second General Session
Presiding: Tom Odom, GSBA President

Student Speaker: Michael Vescio, Junior at Statesboro High School, Bulloch County Schools

Keynote Speaker: Valarie Wilson, GSBA Executive Director- State of the Association

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eric Thomas, GaDOE, Chief Turnaround Officer

Distinguished Boards Recognition (Board stands where seated when district is called)

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Eric Thomas

Dr. Eric Thomas

Chief Turnaround Officer, Georgia Department of Education
As a native of Savannah, last October Dr. Thomas was selected to become the state’s first Chief Turnaround Officer. In this role he is responsible for creating and executing the strategy to support the state’s lowest-performing schools.Prior to this role, Eric spent six years... Read More →
avatar for Valarie Wilson

Valarie Wilson

Executive Director, Georgia School Boards Association
Mrs. Valarie Wilson joined the Georgia School Boards Association in the summer of 2015 as its fifth Executive Director. Mrs. Wilson was elected to the school board of the City Schools of Decatur in 2002 and became the moving force behind the establishment of the College Heights Early... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Regency Ballroom (2nd Level)

12:15pm

Luncheon
Presiding: Tom Odom, GSBA President
Invocation: Katrina Young, GSBA President Elect
Quality Boards Recognition

Friday June 8, 2018 12:15pm - 1:30pm
Harborside (River Street Level)

1:30pm

Challenges Facing the Teacher Retirement System (TRS)
TRS

Since 1943, the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia has been a substantial part of the educational compensation package for educators in Georgia.  When created under the leadership of Governor Ellis Arnall, his goal was to help attract quality teachers into the profession while “allowing them to live out their retirement years in dignity” according to Arnall.  Georgia continues to have one of the best retirement systems in the country in terms of both funding status as well as benefits to retirees.  Nationally, however, there has been a trend toward pension reform that has taken a number of different forms.  In Georgia, key state leadership have been quite supportive of the retirement system for educators as they have continued to provide funding that has helped to insure sustainability.  This presentation will provide an update of TRS as it currently exists, a look into what pension reform has looked like in other states, and a review of the past legislative session as it relates to retirement systems.

Speakers
avatar for L.C. (Buster) Evans

L.C. (Buster) Evans

Executive Director, Teachers Retirement System of Georgia
L. C. (Buster) Evans is the Executive Director of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia where he began serving in September 2016.  He is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Valdosta State College, and he received... Read More →



Friday June 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Scarbrough 1-5 (Lobby Level)

1:30pm

Georgia's Future? Rural Schools
Using Georgia's rural resources to maximize our state's potential.

Speakers
avatar for David Little, Esq.

David Little, Esq.

Executive Director, Rural Schools Association of New York State
Dave Little began serving as the Executive Director of the Rural Schools Association of New York State in November of 2014.  He also serves as the director of the Rural Schools Program at Cornell University.  Prior to that, Dave was Director of Governmental Relations of the New... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Regency Ballroom (2nd Level)

3:15pm

Delegate Assembly
The Annual Business Meeting of the Delegate Assembly is held on Friday afternoon during the Summer Conference.

GSBA represents the collective resolve of our members, the 180 elected boards of education. These legislative positions determine whether GSBA supports legislation, opposes it, or remains neutral. They are not necessarily issues for which we are seeking immediate legislation.

Members have two opportunities each year to propose additions, deletions, or amendments to the GSBA legislative positions. The Governmental Operations Committee, a large group appointed by the GSBA President, reviews the positions and proposals from local boards and makes its recommendations to the Delegate Assembly. Local boards may also propose changes to the positions directly to the Delegate Assembly. Each school board is asked to select a delegate to represent them at the business meeting of GSBA. In this Delegate Assembly, the positions are adopted each June.

Click the link below to view the GSBA Delegate Assembly Handbook. This booklet includes current positions with recommended changes from the GOC.


Friday June 8, 2018 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Regency Ballroom (2nd Level)

3:15pm

Breakout Session - Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers
Communicating and Relating More Effectively Across Poverty Barriers
Donna Beegle grew up not knowing the words her teachers used. She also did not understand the examples that were provided to explain the words. She said “ain’t” in almost every other sentence and did not know when to say, “gone” or “went,” “seen” or “saw.” She knew she communicated differently. But it was not until she studied communication and social class in college that she learned about the differences in communication across social class. She soon realized that she needed a second language.

This session explores the impact of life experiences on communication styles and provides a framework for improving communication skills. Income, educational opportunities, and life experiences shape communication and how we related to others. The fundaments of effective communication (membership, perception, identification, motivation and empathy) are address along with concrete strategies for reducing misunderstandings.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Donna Beegle

Dr. Donna Beegle

President, Communication Across Barriers
Donna Beegle grew up in generational migrant-labor poverty and left school at 15 to get married and start a family. At 25, she found herself with two children, no husband, little education, and few marketable job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her... Read More →


Friday June 8, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Scarbrough 1-5 (Lobby Level)
 
Saturday, June 9
 

8:00am

Breakfast General Session
Presiding:  Tom Odom, GSBA President

Invocation:  Ron Hopkins, GSBA Treasurer

Breakfast

Student Speaker: Kimberly Rios, Sophomore, Swainsboro High School, Emanuel County Schools
–– introduced by Ron Hopkins
                                   
Facilitator: Maureen Downey, AJC –– introduced by Tom Odom
     Superintendents Candidate Panel
     Gubernatorial Candidate Panel
                                   
Comments:  Tom Odom, 2017-2018 GSBA President

New President’s Message
  Katrina Young, 2018-2019 GSBA President

10:30 a.m. Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Speakers
avatar for Tom Odom

Tom Odom

President 2017-2018, GSBA
avatar for Katrina Young

Katrina Young

GSBA President, Rockdale County Schools
Katrina P. Young has served on the Rockdale County Board of Education since 2007 and is the system’s designee for the GSBA Delegate Assembly. Young became GSBA District 4 Director in 2011. She serves on several GSBA committees, including Governmental Operations, Strategic Planning... Read More →


Saturday June 9, 2018 8:00am - 10:30am
Regency Ballroom (2nd Level)