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Nearly 300 board members, superintendents, others expected in Louisville Friday and Saturday for KSBA Winter Symposium leadership training
Nearly 300 board members, superintendents, others expected in Louisville Friday and Saturday for KSBA Winter Symposium leadership training

It could be the array of classes. Or it could be the last chance to get required training hours. Or it could just be the opportunity to network with fellow local education leaders.

Whatever the reason, this weekend’s KSBA Winter Symposium in Louisville has become a big draw with possibly as many as 300 on hand for a day and a half of professional development intermingled with some quality camaraderie.

Participants may earn more than eight hours toward their state-mandated annual credit hours, including those in all three of the required areas of ethics, superintendent evaluations and school finance. There is a reception with food and beverages Friday evening and a continental breakfast Saturday morning.

The opening welcome session starts at 8:30 Friday at the Louisville Marriott East at 1903 Embassy Square Boulevard, just off the I-64/Hurstbourne Lane interchange. Here’s the full schedule at a glance:

Friday, December 4

Session A Workshops (workshops are 1.25 credit hours)

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. A1 The Board’s Role in District Personnel

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. A2 Sharing the News: Building Effective Media Relationships

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. A3 School Board Fiscal Responsibilities – Part I

Session B Workshops

10:45 a.m. – noon B1 Novice Reduction: A Moral Imperative

10:45 a.m. – noon B2 Social Media, School Leaders and Ethics

10:45 a.m. – noon B3 School Board Fiscal Responsibilities – Part II

Lunch Session (1 hr. training credit; $15 event fee)

12:30 – 2 p.m. Cara Silletto: They Drive Me Crazy! Bridging Today’s Generational Divide

Trade Show Visitation and Networking

2 – 2:45 p.m. Trade Show Visitation and Networking

Session C Workshops

3 – 4:15 p.m. C1 Forewarned is Forearmed (energy management)

3 – 4:15 p.m. C2 The Role of the Board Chair

3 – 4:15 p.m. C3 WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students)

Reception (Open to all registered attendees and guests)

4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Tailgating Reception with food, beverages, corn hole and many door prizes

Saturday, December 5

7 – 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:15 – 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session: Advocating for Education in 2016

Session D Workshops

9:45 – 11 a.m. D1 Leading Effective Meetings for Small Boards

9:45 – 11 a.m. D2 The Board’s Policy Making Role

9:45 – 11 a.m. D3 A Financial Moment with MUNIS Reports

Session D Level V Academy of Studies Workshop - (3 hrs. training credit)

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. D4 The Perfect Interview (those taking this session don’t go to a Session E clinic)

Session E Workshops

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. E1 “rewire” – Creating Conversations with Students about Sexualized Culture

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. E2 The Board and the New Superintendent Evaluation Process

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. E3 Your Association: What You Need to Know about KSBA and its Services

Questions: Contact Kerri Schelling kerri.schelling@ksba.org or Tammie Conatser tammie.conatser@ksba.org at 800-372-2962.