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Webinar warriors
KSBA staff recently participated in two webinars hosted by the National School Boards Association. Executive Director Bill Scott and Board Team Development Director Kerri Schelling were part of the panel that discussed Common Core State Standards. The two gave an overview of Kentucky’s reform effort and the role of the board in implementing the standards, explaining the local board training modules KSBA has developed on college and career readiness and the new assessment system.

Brad Hughes, director of Member Support Services, along with staff from NSBA and the New Jersey School Boards Association, participated in a webinar on community outreach, and traditional and social media methods for school boards to get information to their communities. The session covered use of the board meeting as a community forum as well as outreach through Facebook and Twitter.

The 5 percent
KSBA Board Team Development Director Kerri Schelling has achieved the Certified Association Executive credential from The Center for Association Leadership. Fewer than 5 percent of all association professionals nationwide hold this certification. To earn the CAE credential, candidates must be approved for entry into the program and then undertake rigorous study sessions in preparation for the exam.

“I have never been as proud and excited over an accomplishment as I am about this credential,” Schelling said. “The association world is where I intend to spend the rest of my professional career and to have validation from experts that I have the tools and knowledge to be successful is an incredible feeling.”
Schelling’s studies included units in organizational management, membership development, administration, leadership and governance and structure, among others.

Tornado help
The Kentucky School Plant Management Association came to the aid of school districts hit hard by the March 2 tornados. The group had access to a limited number of student chair desks, teacher desks, lockers, filing cabinets, bookcases and cafeteria tables, and offered them up to the affected districts. KSPMA members volunteered to pick up and deliver the items to districts in need. For more information, contact John Noel or call him at 859-327-9291.

OASIS reminder
The deadline for entries in this year’s OASIS (Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services) program is just around the corner, April 16. The annual professional development program co-sponsored by KSBA and the Kentucky School Public Relations Association has moved up the deadline from the fall to dovetail with the new timing for KYSPRA’s annual conference in July.

Entry forms have been sent to all superintendents and KYSPRA members.

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‘Next Generation’ leaders
The first meeting of the Next-Generation Student Council in late February was kicked off by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday, below. Eleven students in grades 10-12 were selected from around the state to serve on the year-long council, which seeks students with fresh ideas and insight into how schools and student achievement can be improved.

The first meeting included a tour of the Capitol along with a meeting with several legislators. They also met with department of education officials.

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