2020 KASB Convention will feature different delivery but still focus on connections, sharing, solutions

The 2020 KASB Convention will include all the features that make the annual gathering of school leaders special — connections with board members from across Kansas, access to innovative ideas and solutions, and the opportunity to hear from state and national speakers. 

However, because of COVID-19, there will be one significant difference from previous years. You can participate in the Dec. 2-4 event from your home or anywhere else with an internet connection since the conference will be held via zoom. 

Dubbed “Creating Communities, the 2020 KASB convention will help school board members hit the refresh button after what has been a sometimes difficult and unprecedented nine months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We want board members to feel connected to their fellow board members around the state and we want them to feel a sense of inspiration from the keynotes and messages delivered,” said Dr. Brian Jordan, KASB Deputy Executive Director. 

Board members statewide have been involved in often tough and contentious discussions brought about by the pandemic on opening and closing school, social distancing, mask requirements, sports and other extracurricular activities. They have faced a stressed out public and stressed out staffs trying to deliver a quality education to Kansas children. 

“This convention will be a chance to recharge,” Jordan said. 

And to make sure no one suffers from zoom fatigue, much of the convention can be experienced on personal schedules with pre-recorded breakout sessions, workshop sessions, virtual coffee breaks, regional happy hours and scheduled informal interactions with speakers and presenters. 

The Winter School of Law will be held Thur. Dec. 3 and there will be dozens of breakouts, including focuses on Equity in Schools, Social Media, Board Leadership, Board Coaching, Legislative Preview, Work-Based Learning, Title IX, COVID-19, Constitutional Issues and many more. 

There will also be a virtual trade show and a meeting of the Delegate Assembly, the annual business meeting of KASB. During this cycle, there will be two virtual Delegate Assemblies. At the convention, the Delegate Assembly will elect a KASB president-elect and vote on proposed KASB constitutional amendments. At the second Delegate Assembly, which will occur Jan. 21, delegates will vote on 2021 legislative positions. 

Each KASB member entity is entitled to one vote at each Delegate Assembly. Districts are asked to submit their Voting Delegates no later than Nov. 24. Delegates submitted will be registered automatically for both Delegate Assemblies and will be sent the link to the meeting in order to vote. Please contact Melissa Holder at mholder@kasb.org or 785-271-4504 if you have any questions or need further information. 

At the convention, Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Randy Watson, KASB President Lori Blake, KASB Executive Director John Heim and State Board of Education Chairwoman Kathy Busch will be among the guest speakers.  

KASB’s keynote speaker is David Horsager, noted CEO and author of the best-selling book, “The Trust Edge.” Horsager has advised numerous leaders from FedEx, Toyota to the New York Yankees and U.S. Department of Homeland Security on the issue of trust as the foundation for success. 

Jordan said he hoped school boards will participate in the convention as a team to build up camaraderie and maintain their focus on student success. 

For more information and to register for “Creating Communities KASB Convention 2020” go to this link. 

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