Each of the seven Texas City Independent School District School board members, along with district Superintendent of Schools Dr. Cynthia Lusignolo, joined local trustees from across the state at the Texas Association of School Boards’ Summer Leadership Institute from June 19-21 in San Antonio.
About 2,300 new and veteran education leaders received in-depth training on critical issues facing local districts and discussed best practices for effective board governance and cost-efficient programs.
Keynote speaker Steve Pemberton is recognized as a leader on matters of diversity and inclusion and their importance to the growth of the American industrial complex. A ward of the state for much of his childhood, he now is chief diversity officer and divisional vice president for Walgreens.
During another general session, speaker Rosalind Wiseman shared her insights on parenting and bullying. Her groundbreaking, best-selling book was the basis for the movie “Mean Girls.” She is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, bullying intervention, use of social media and ethical leadership.
Among key issues discussed during the institute were school safety, college-career readiness, community engagement, student privacy, graduation and class rank policies, energy conservation, emerging technology, father and family involvement and education issues for children at risk. Sessions for newly elected trustees and board presidents offered a combination of both breakout and in-depth formats on all facets of board governance.
A popular feature at the training event was a book study discussion of “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students.” The book unlocks the secret to cultivating independent thinkers willing and able to think creatively about creating jobs and contributing positively to the globalized society. In addition, attendees participated in a successful drive to provide new pairs of socks to area child and family foster services.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5 million students.