USBA's monthly newsletter for November 2015. Headlines include: Letter from USBA's President, NSBA News, Legislative Update, etc...
The Board Bulletin November 2015

A Letter from USBA's President,
Kristi Swett

Over the past 8 months, the Governor’s Education Excellence Commission, has been working together to draft a ten year education plan. The members of this commission have worked together to provide information to the Governor and his staff about the critical components needed for our state to have an education system, from early childhood through adulthood, which will ensure desired outcomes and success.

The plan was developed with an intention to unite and focus efforts to improve education in the state, and be supported by the majority of stakeholder groups. The governor worked very hard to make sure that parents, businesses, superintendents, local boards of education and teacher voices were around the table, and that our voices are being heard. It’s not been a surprise to me or other members of the commission, that a common theme has risen from the conversations, children need to be coming to school ready to learn, equal opportunities for all students, supporting our teachers and elevating the teaching profession, and the importance of completing degrees and certificates.

As we know, Utahns care about education. We want our students to be successful! For change to occur, new resources are needed in the local districts to help address issues such as: providing professional development, lower class sizes, early childhood, retention and recruitment of teachers, more school and mental health counselors, transportation needs, and technology.

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NSBA News - JoDee Sundberg

I will be attending our next NSBA board meeting in Washington D.C. on November 5-8th. At this meeting, among other things including policy, legislative, and public relations, I will be meeting with my committees.
The NSBA Board National Certificate committee is designing the process for local board members to receive a national certificate with professional development using the Key Works of School Boards model. We are excited about the opportunities for board members and local boards to continue their training and expertise while making very responsible and important decisions on public school policy and education. Never before have local boards needed to be as informed and up to date on funding issues, data, state and national legislative issues, and teacher training, hiring, and retaining. This certificate will give local board members a national view and opportunity for networking with other states. We plan on having this certificate available for completion at our April Conference 2016.

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Recent Legislation

USBA is committed to keeping public education at the forefront of Utah's Legislature.

Click here to read an important article from Dr. Patti Harrington.

"The principal goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not simply of repeating what other generations have done."

- Jean Piaget

Safety Spotlight - The Importance of Practicing Lockdown

Even though the odds are that you will never have to implement a “lockdown” in your school during live circumstances, it is still extremely important to practice it.

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Board Bulletin, November 2015-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor