NASBE Pre-conference Activities: Wednesday, October 19

Travel day and all day Board Meeting (8:30-4:30). Due to scheduling issues, I was unable to fly into Kansas City MO until this morning, and, consequently, I missed the first part of the NASBE Board Meeting. I was able to join the meeting at about 11:30, which put me in good stead for the Keynote Lunch and afternoon Board session.

Concurrent with the Board's meeting, was a 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon session on Education Data & Technology. This seminar used interactive roundtables and panel discussions to focus on ways policymakers can affect some of the key education data and technology issues states are dealing with. It would've been great to have had a board colleague here with me to attend that particular session! The format provided states with the opportunity to learn about:
  • incorporation of technology and new data collection requirements under ESSA;
  • creating digital citizenship standards;
  • data literacy for teachers and administeators; and 
  • how policymakers can help close the digtal divide.
Needless to say, I'll be looking for conference materials from that session. Panelists included:  

Rachel Anderson, Data Quality Campaign; Reg Leichty, Forsight Law + Policy; Michael Hawes, Privacy Technical Assistance Center, US DoE; Marsali Hancock, iKeepSafe; Mike Lorion, Common Sense Media; Glen Warren, Encinitas School District; and the inimitable Amelia Vance, NASBE.

At noon, Board members and Pre-conference attendees joined for a Keynote Lunch featuring Terrence Roberts, one of the original "Little Rock Nine", the first black students to integrate Little Rock Public Schools in 1957. Dr. Roberts recently published Simple, Not Easy: Reflections on Community, Social Responsibility, and Tolerance and he's also the author of Lessons from Little Rock, a memoir about his life experiences.

While I headed to the afternoon Board session, pre-conference sessions covered Equity, Civil Rights, and ESSA and Student Privacy Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Seminar: Broader than Data.

Following all of the afternoon activity, NASBE President, Jim McNiece welcomed conference attendees on the hotel terrace for a networking dinner/cocktail reception sponsored by local businesses George K. Baum & Company, Gilmore & Bell, PC, and Security Bank of Kansas City.
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