Time to register for KSBA annual conference, select your workshop schedule; online registration live

As many as 1,000 local and state education leaders will be at Louisville’s Galt House Hotel and Convention Center in about seven weeks for the 79th KSBA Annual Conference. And those planning to attend Kentucky’s largest professional development event for school district leaders may now begin planning their schedules by registering online here.

This year’s conference opens Friday, Feb. 27 with a series of three-hour preconference workshops and closes with the traditional Sunday brunch on March 1.

Hard copy registration forms are in the mail, but board members and superintendents may see the full lineup of speakers and clinic sessions – as well as register electronically – on the website.

This year’s conference agenda will include four General Sessions, 46 75-minute clinics (in four sessions Friday and Saturday), plus the announcement of the 2015 F. L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent, Warren Proudfoot Outstanding School Board Member and KSBA Friend of Education awards, and KSBA First Degree College Scholarship recipients.

Board members will have multiple opportunities to select seminars covering the three training areas mandated by the Kentucky Board of Education: finance, superintendent evaluation and ethics. Two pre-conference workshops also will focus exclusively on these topics, as well as 14 clinics Friday and Saturday.

Additional sessions during the two-and-a-half days include:

· Parliamentary procedure (pre-conference)

· Rewarding staff for K-PREP performance

· Board member legal obligations/prohibitions

· Fiscal fitness boot camp (pre-conference)

· Effective board/superintendent relationships

· Monitoring school activity funds

· Board chairman meeting management skills

· Managing a school crisis (pre-conference)

· Behavioral health and student career readiness

· Becoming a District of Distinction

· Family and community engagement

· KHSAA primer for board members

· Learning about performance-based credits

· Alternative fuels for buses and buildings

· Advanced media interview skills (pre-conference)

· Moving students from secondary to postsecondary ed

· Educating the community about academic results

· The role of a student member of the school board

· Understanding school risk management, loss prevention

Collectively, board members, superintendents and others may earn up to 13.75 hours of annual training credits at the conference.

Again this year, meetings of the Kentucky Organization of Superintendents’ Administrative Assistants (KOSAA) and the Kentucky Council of School Board Attorneys will take place during the KSBA conference. Members will register for those meetings directly with the KSBA Policy Service (KOSAA) and KSBA Legal Services (KCSBA).

Lodging reservations are also open now using the form in the KSBA mailing or online. Please check the form for room location assignments and limitations. Telephone reservations are not accepted. The lodging reservation window closes Feb. 9.

Anyone with questions about this year’s event is invited to contact conference manager and KSBA Board Team Development Director Kerri Schelling kerri.schelling@ksba.org at 800-372-9262.

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