What the future holds for KASB workshops and meetings

By Carol Pitts 

cpitts@kasb.org  

Over the past three months, the coronavirus pandemic has forced everyone to deal with “the new normal.” 

As your member association, KASB is no exception. 

When schools were shut down in March, KASB quickly pivoted to online sessions via zoom to provide training on everything from student data privacy to open meetings to special education. Our legal staff retooled our human resources academy into a blended learning opportunity entitled Human Resources Coaching and Consultation. This workshop is still available on demand for members who would like to access the six learning modules and two recorded Q and A sessions.   

Hundreds of our members participated in board leadership online forums, online roundtable discussions and our popular “Leadership through a New Lens” for new and nearly-new board members.   

By far our most popular sessions have been the weekly Clerk, Human Resources and Payroll Staff Support Sessions, with 200 plus members tuning in for each of the eight sessions (so far!) for information and guidance on employee payroll and employee benefits.  

These are in addition to the zoom meetings with specific groups, planning sessions with other state and national associations and the state department of education, and state and federal online briefings.  

So, what does the future hold for KASB workshops and meetings?   

We’re glad you asked! KASB staff continues to refine our 2020-2021 workshop and training schedule. We are adding an online component to most of our meetings. In addition, we are developing plans for members to access recorded information on demand through our member portal.   

Speaking of the member portal, there are a number of great resources available by logging in!  

  1. Go to https://kasb.org/member-portal/. (You can also access this link by going to www.kasb.org and clicking on the link “Member Portal” in the top menu.  
  1. Log in using your email and the password – if you have forgotten your password, use the “Forgotten Password” link on the login page.  Once you are logged in you can access a wealth of information related to your district as well as resources posted by KASB for our members. The member portal is also where you registered for upcoming events and trainings.  

KASB values opportunities to meet in person. We plan to offer onsite, in person workshops starting in June, though we will adhere to all public health rules in the communities where the meetings take place. And some of our meetings, such as our School Law Summer Workshop July 21, will include an option to attend online. (Take a look last page of this issue of School Board Review for our upcoming events through July.) 

It’s really all about you! 

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey sent to all members on Tuesday, May 19. (Email tcarter@kasb.org if you have questions or did not receive the email.) We are asking for feedback on how we can best serve you in the “new normal” that is 2020 and beyond!  

 

 

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