USBA's monthly newsletter for December 2012. Headlines include: USBA State Conference Coming, Legislative Updates, MBA Deadline Approaching, etc...
The Board Bulletin (December 2012)

USBA's 90th Annual Conference Coming in January!

USBA is thrilled for this year's conference coming Jan. 10-12. The conference theme will be "Vision and Leadership for the 21st Century." We have lined up a variety of exciting speakers and breakout sessions.
Some of the featured speakers include:

  • Popular speaker, programmer, educator, writer, and entrepreneur Dr. David Warlick
  • Nationally recognized motivational speaker, educator, and athlete Murray Banks
  • Utah's 17th Governor Gov. Gary R. Herbert
The breakout session topics will be:
  • Hot Legal Topics
  • Leading and Becoming Professional Learning Communities (PLC’s):  Establishing, Promoting and Supporting a Culture of Collaboration and High Expectations for ALL
  • Legislative Hot Topics
  • Social Media are YOU Connected
  • It’s the Data and your School Scores
  • What you need to know about Financial Audits
  • What is a Book? OER (Open Education Resources) in Teaching and Learning
  • Implementation of Utah Core Standards
  • Masterboards Award (MBA)
  • School Finance 101
  • Get Up to Date on Public Education Employment Reform
  • Share Your Success Round Table Discussion
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Indicators of School Quality
We hope to see you there! To add this event to your digital calendar click here.

Lessons Learned from Board Members Lisa Kirchenheiter, Sara Meier, and JoDee Sundberg
  • There are at least two sides to every story.
  • Board members' words carry great weight, choose them carefully.
  • Listening to only those who yell loudest does not serve students.
  • Respect boundaries.
  • Legislators are human too.
  • Always ask, "Will it improve student learning?"
  • USBA is your best friend!
  • You are only one vote. The board does the work. Once the decision is made, it is the will of board and you move forward together.
  • Come prepared to your meetings.
  • Have a sense of humor.
  • Don't take yourself too seriously, but remember your work as a board is important to all the children in your district.
  • As a new board member, don't hesitate to ask lots of questions, because knowledge is power.
  • Take advantage of training opportunities (USBA, NSBA, your own local board) as often as you can.
  • Enjoy attending as many of the fun things (programs, plays, musicals, athletic events, etc.) that you have time for---seeing the kids will always remind you of why you are serving on your board.
  • Tell your Supt., district staff, teachers, school administrators, and all employees, "thank you", as often as you can.
  • Please come visit at the Capitol during the session, especially on Fridays, as often as you can!

Recent Legislation

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

Click here to view potential legislation regarding public education for 2013.

Loss Control Safety Spotlight

Shown above, Lance Stubbs (Iron District Custodial Supervisor) listens as a safety concern is addressed, during a recent USBA Loss Control inspection.
Lance and the Head Custodian at each of Iron School District’s respective schools accompanies all inspections, taking notes, asking questions and making a game plan to correct all safety concerns in a timely manner.

Congratulations to Lance Stubbs and the Iron District custodial team!

The Deadline for Completing Your Level 1 MBA Has Almost Arrived!

Please login to USBA Power Up and update your MBA progress as the deadline for completing your level 1 MBA for 2012 is December 14, 2012.

If you are unfamiliar with Power Up, it is an online training tool that gives you the ability to receive all of the necessary trainings and track your MBA in a fun engaging way. If you are new to Power Up click here to download a tutorial.

Upcoming Events

New Board Member Workshop


News Corner

Utah public schools surpass record 600,000 students in 2012. View the Deseret News report here.

Optimizing Young Readers' Brains: Lessons from Neuroscience. View the Education Week article here.

The National School Boards Association Selects Thomas J. Gentzel as New Executive Director. View the NSBA article here.

The School Community Council Conference that was originally going to be held on November 9th but was postponed due to weather will be held on Thursday January 24th.

Please organize teams from each of your school community councils to attend this exceptional training opportunity.

Attending this conference will meet on of your MBA Level 1 accountability requirements.

Did you know that USBA offers flexible spending and health savings account administration.
If you are interested in learning more click here to request more information.
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Board Bulletin, December 2012-

Richard Stowell - Executive Director
Brandon Hardle - Editor