Advocate Staff Report
KSBA’s annual Summer Leadership Institute, July 12-13, is back in Lexington this summer and will offer some new features and the latest information for school board members and superintendents.
Attendees are invited to a first-ever bonus workshop – Design and Construction Bootcamp: What Every Board Member Should Know – prior to the Friday evening opening session.
“The workshop on Friday afternoon will be at the newly constructed George Rogers Clark High School in Clark County and is hosted by RossTarrant Architects,” said Kerri Schelling, KSBA’s director of board team development. “During the session, board members will learn about many areas they need to keep in mind when planning a new school, such as hiring an architect, what KDE requires during design and construction, and a variety of skills to help a project run smoothly.”
Board members will be transported from the Marriott Griffin Gate hotel to Clark County on propane powered vans provided by the Kentucky Gas Propane Association.
“They will depart at 3 p.m. from the hotel, attend the session, tour the school, and after a short reception they will be brought back to the hotel by 6 p.m. in time for the 7 p.m. opening session,” Schelling said. “The session is free to those registered for Summer Leadership but seating is limited, so pre-registration is required and it’s first come, first served.”
The opening speaker will be Michael Broome, who will provide a lighthearted start to the institute while still focusing on the role of board members.
“It’s going to be a humorous evening, but with a strong leadership message,” Schelling said. “He understands that people are coming in after a long day of work and his mission is to teach them things that are going to be helpful in their role as board members in a way that makes them glad they are there.”
The keynote speaker this year is Ken Kay, who shared his vision of 21st Century education as a featured speaker at KSBA’s annual conference in 2007.
“His keynote talk this year will be about the role of school boards in 21st century education,” Schelling said. “I think it’s going to be very pertinent and will build on some of the things we’ve done in the past few years to move boards into this mindset of educating kids in the 21st century.”
Kay also will headline a workshop on becoming a 21st century district. “And to complement that, there will be a Level IV Academy of Studies requirement that will be offered on the 21st century board member,” she said. “You could attend 21st century sessions all day Saturday if you want, although it’s not meant to be a track; board members will have many sessions to choose from to meet their needs.”
Sessions for all levels of KSBA’s Academy of Studies for board members will be offered, including board member self evaluation, school law, special education, police officers in the schools, wellness and academic success, state audits and what boards need to know to provide oversight, and energy efficiency.
Additional information and registration materials are in the mail, or you can be found here.