More than 200 Kentuckians are heading to Boston this week for the 2012 NSBA national conference, and those with an interest in social media and networking will have numerous opportunities to pick up some expertise.
This year's conference will feature several sessions, trainings, interactive discussions and social networking opportunities. Here are some of the highlights:
* Follow us at www.twitter.com/NSBAComm, and share your thoughts on site in Boston with fellow attendees and colleagues back home by using the special Annual Conference Twitter hashtag: #NSBAConf
* R U Connected Desk: New to social networking? Stop by the R U Connected Desk in the North Lobby to find out how to join the conversation. We will help you get signed up for Facebook and Twitter and show you how to use these tools. You can also learn how to use conference QR codes and get answers to other tech questions you may have.
* Social Networking Tweet-Up: On Saturday, April 21 from 2:45 - 3:15 p.m., come network with other conference attendees in the College Board Lounge (Aisle 300 in Exhibit Hall A).
* Social Networking as a Community Outreach Tool: On Sunday, April 22 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., join us in the EdTechKnow Lounge (Level 2, NE Lobby of the Convention Center) to participate in an interactive discussion with school board members on how to utilize social networking to engage with your community.
Here is the “final” schedule of Kentucky presentations at the NSBA conference:
Friday, April 20
The Population Crystal Ball — Who Is Moving Where, When, and What Does It Mean for Me? 1-4 p.m. Ron Crouch, University of Kentucky, Convention Center Room 253 B
New Board Member Boot Camp: Ethics, Board Meetings, and the Role of a School Board Member, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Featuring KSBA’s Kerri Schelling, Room 204 A&B
Saturday, April 21
World-Class Customer Service: Is it Possible in Public Schools? 8:30-9:45 a.m. Mason County Schools Tim Moore, Kelly Middleton and Elizabeth Pettit, Room 211
21st Century Board Meetings, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Dara Bass, Katrina Kinman, Roger Cook (Taylor), Peggy Inklebarger (Daviess), Marshall Jenkins (Morgan), Bill Lovell (McLean), Davonna Page (Russellville), Mike Wilson (Warren) and Connecticut and Tennessee staff members, Room 210 C
Common Core Standards: Local Board Roles and Responsibilities, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Featuring KSBA’s Bill Scott, Kerri Schelling, Room 153 A&B
Developing Media Relations, Community Outreach, 3:45-5 p.m. Featuring KSBA’s Brad Hughes, Room 105
Sunday, April 22
When Pigs Fly: Building Athletic-Like Community Support for Your Academic Endeavors, 8:30-9:45 a.m. Featuring KSBA’s Hughes, Room 105
Learning Lounge mini-sessions: 10 “Tweet” tips about Twitter and Facebook for school leaders, 12:45-1:05 p.m. Featuring KSBA’s Hughes, Hall A
From the Court to the Courts: Safety & Liability Issues in Athletics, 1:30-2:45 p.m. Featuring KSBA’s Myron Thompson, Room 153 C
Formula for the Future: How One District Transformed Math Education, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Boone County Schools Randy Poe, Karen Chesser and Steve Kinman, Room 156 C
Technology Integration: Beyond the How! 3:15-4:30 p.m. Jefferson County Schools Sharon Shrout and Jana Hickey, Room 254 B
Socially Speaking: Using Facebook and Twitter, 3:15-4:30 p.m. Featuring KSBA’s Hughes, Room 105
Kentucky Reception, 8-10:30 p.m. Westin Boston Waterfront Grand Ballroom A&B
Monday, April 23
Superintendent and Board Relationships: Partnering to Create Dramatic Improvement in Student Achievement, 8:30-9:45 a.m. Montgomery Co. Schools Josh Powell, Room 205 A&B
Testing! Testing! 1-2-3! 8:30-9:45 a.m. Jefferson County Schools Sharon Shrout, Jana Hickey, Sharis Lattimore and Stephen Imhoff, Room 103
Implementation and Strategies Needed for a Performance-Based Education School District, 12:30-1:45 p.m. Taylor Co. Schools Roger Cook and Susan Kilby, Room 204 A&B