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2020 KSBA Winter Symposium

(UPDATED 11.19.2020) After consultation with KSBA board leadership and staff, and based on Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order limiting gatherings at indoor venues, we will now be offering our upcoming 2020 Winter Symposium exclusively as a virtual event. Detailed information about the virtual Winter Symposium, including updated event materials and instructions will be provided in the coming days. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions:

What if I already registered for the in-person event and/or made hotel accommodations?
Your registration will automatically be transitioned to the virtual event and you will not be charged for meals. If you no longer wish to participate in the symposium in its virtual format, please contact [email protected] to cancel your registration. Those who have made room reservations at the host hotel will need to contact the Louisville Marriott Downtown at 502-627-5045 to cancel their stays.

How will the schedule of the virtual event vary from what was originally scheduled in person?
The full slate of training sessions scheduled for Dec. 4-5 will still be offered as scheduled via our virtual platform, including our highly anticipated keynote speakers, breakout sessions and “New School Board Member Boot Camp.” For the first time, KSBA will utilize the Accelevents platform – a virtual conference provider utilized by organizations across the country, including other state school board associations. From this platform, virtual attendees will be able to easily access all the sessions and keynotes in one place. Detailed information on how to use the platform will be provided to all registered participants prior to the event. While the location and format are changing, the schedule, lineup of sessions and number of training hours are not changing.

How do I register now that the event is moving to a virtual format?
The process for registering for the event will not change. Participants may use the previously provided hard copy registration form or may register online. During registration, please disregard any references to in-person portions of the event that are no longer pertinent (such as meal selection).  

What is the cost of the virtual event?
The registration cost for the entire two-day virtual Winter Symposium is $270. This cost reflects a rate of $25 per credit hour – half the rate of our self-study credit hours.

In light of the cancellation of the in-person event, will I still be expected to complete my annual state-mandated school board training by Dec. 31?
Yes. School board members are required by statute to complete annual state-mandated board training hours by Dec. 31. KSBA has many virtual and self-study training opportunities in our library that will allow members to meet all their training requirements prior to the deadline.  
 
Note: The 2020 Winter Symposium falls within a regular school board election year. Newly elected school board members may attend this meeting to take part in board service orientation that KSBA refers to as "New Board Member Boot Camp." This will give them a jump start on their 2021 school board member training as well. This rare opportunity is only available to newly elected board members who have not been sworn in.
 
View/download a conference schedule here. While the schedule and lineup of training sessions/keynotes is to go on as scheduled (virtually), please disregard any references to in-person portions of the event that are no longer pertinent (such as meal selection).  
 
 
If you do not wish to complete registration online, you may download a printable registration form. Please disregard any references to in-person portions of the event that are no longer pertinent (such as meal selection).  
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