Kentucky School Advocate
This year’s Summer Leadership Institute will feature inspiring keynote speakers, informative training and a new Friday schedule.
KSBA has added a welcome reception with beverages and hors d'oeuvres to the lineup at this year’s event which will be held July 15-16 at the Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington. Immediately following Friday’s bonus sessions, the 4:30 p.m. welcoming reception will allow members time to gather and network before the opening session begins at 5:30 p.m.
KSBA Director of Board Team Development Laura Cole said the change in the Friday schedule was made to allow more time for members to connect and means the opening session will end earlier in the night than in previous years.
“Knowing how much our members value the opportunity to network with one another, we intentionally shifted the Friday schedule to allow time for the welcome reception,” she said. “We are also starting and wrapping the opening session earlier in the evening to give members amble opportunity to settle in and grab dinner with colleagues and catch up with exhibitors. Some attendees drive several hours to be with us at SLI. The least we can do is to roll out the red carpet.”
Before the reception and opening session, members will have the opportunity starting at 1 p.m. to attend up to three bonus sessions.
For the opening session, Phil Gore, director of Board Services for the Vermont School Boards Association and avid mountain climber, will share how lessons from mountain climbing can inform effective school governance.
Gore will also discuss governance research that members can apply to improving the work of their boards and success of students.
On Saturday, Kentucky Education Commissioner Jason Glass will discuss United We Learn, a new vision for public education in the Commonwealth. The initiative is built around three central themes: creating a more vibrant experience for every student, encouraging innovation in schools and finding genuine ways to collaborate with local communities. Glass will share the evolution of the vision and how local board members can get involved.
In addition to the keynote speakers, there will be three blocks of training sessions allowing members to learn about superintendent evaluations, school finance, the state’s new deeper learning initiative and more. Board members will be able to earn a total of 10 hours of credit during the two-day event. For more info and to register, visit KSBA's Summer Leadership Institute page.