Closing some gaps, bridging others on KSBA Winter Symposium agenda; online signup live for Dec. 4-5 event in Louisville; last chance at required training

This year’s final major training conference offered by KSBA will have a lot of different learning opportunities for local leaders with a variety of interests and needs.

The KSBA Winter Symposium is set for Dec. 4-5 at the Marriott Louisville East Hotel (1903 Embassy Square Blvd. just off I-64 at Hurstbourne Lane). Sessions begin Friday at 8:30 a.m. and wrap up Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The Friday luncheon keynote will feature remarks by Cara Silletto, an expert on addressing and reducing generational gaps – involving millennials in particular – in the workplace, a growing challenge for the changing makeup of Kentucky school districts and boards of education. On Saturday morning, all conference participants will get a last look at latest developments leading to the 2016 budget-writing session of the General Assembly.

The remainder of the conference mostly will be split between a series of five sets of breakout clinics. As usual, those sessions will include courses on the state-mandated training for board members on district finances, board member ethics and superintendent evaluations. But for those members who already have those topical areas covered for 2015, there are plenty of other offerings including:

· Strategies to close achievement gaps

· Engaging students on safe use of technology

· School board and personnel dos and don’ts

· Reducing energy costs/redirecting resources

· Leadership tips for school board chairmen

· Building solid news media relationships

· The board and its impact through policy

· Involving adult role models in the schools

· Key press interview skills for district leaders

· Parliamentary procedure for small district boards

· An in-depth look at key KSBA services

Friday will afford participants time to see the latest in district support services from our exhibitors and will see the return of the Winter Symposium’s popular “tailgating” reception.

Registration for the conference and for hotel lodging is available here. The conference registration is open through Nov. 25.

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