NASBE Board of Directors Meeting

Tweeting and trying out live-blogging from a meeting room at The Liaison Capitol Hill, Washington DC

NASBE Sr. New Member Representative, Gordon Hendry shares new Indiana Law granting scholarship to Hoosier Educators: HB 1002

President Jim McNiece stuck somewhere over Kentucky ... unable to attend today ... Jay Barth (pres-elect NASBE, Arkansas SBE) chairing the meeting
  • Combo of things from January when the meeting was snowed out followed by NASBE Regular business meeting
Immediate past president, Mary Lord provides engaging history of NASBE
  • NASBE recommitted to equity for all
Scott Johnson, Treasurer, NASBE Board, updating on financials
  • NASBE exists to serve and strengthen State Boards of Education (SBEs) in their pursuit of high levels of academic achievement for all students (from Scott, also NASBE mission statement)
Overview of NASBE's work - presentation of programs and services from Robert Hull
  • NASBE's focus is on delivering Equity & Excellence:
    • What edu systems do (currently): CCR standards, CCR data base, Deeper Learning, ECE, NGSS, CTE, ESSA
    • Where they take place and under what conditions: school climate & discipline, nutrition & physical activity, health database, epinephrine
    • Who is responsible: Board L'ship dev, study group - CPRE, Teacher  Profiles, Early Learning workforce, Strategic Planning, Chief Evaluatoions, (missed a couple others here)
How this work happens is the work of local School Committees (Boards), local control!

Rebee Tybak Lang, Communications Director, on NASBE Communications
  • Collective power of SBE voice
  • Wants to share SBE stories
  • Case studies, information, in all of the work each SBE is doing
    • NASBE wants help to mobilize the "state board voice" - more authentic when members speak, tweet, write
    • I.D spokesmen - who can speak for NASBE on issues - - testify, social media, national voice
    • New education reporter at EdWeek - cites recent in-depth article in EdWeek

Valerie Norville, Editorial Director, on Publications: The Standard (magazine, in-depth), Policy Updates (short, one-pagers), State Innovations (case studies from states).

Board meeting concludes - we break into Staff/Executive Committee and Staff/Regional Area Directors' meetings