From KSBA Executive Director Bill Scott
As Kentucky implements Senate Bill 1, the most comprehensive reforms since the passage of KERA (Kentucky Education Reform Act), board teams will be challenged to fully comprehend their specific roles and responsibilities related to the new standards, assessments and accountability system. KSBA is acutely aware of these pressures as district personnel translate the Commonwealth Commitment to College and/or Career Readiness into the reality of local teaching and learning.
KSBA has created a series of board team professional development workshops designed to assist members in this area. Because research indicates that the most effective district leaders learn together as board/superintendent teams, these trainings are designed to be provided on site by a KSBA trainer.
- All Students College and Career Ready – This two-hour session is designed to help boards better understand the purpose of Senate Bill 1 as it relates to college and career readiness for all students. Board teams will review the requirements of the law and receive the most current information related to the new standards, testing measures and district strategies related to this goal. All components of the law are discussed within the context of the specific roles and responsibilities of the local board.
- Shaping Our Future: A School Board’s Guide to the TELL Kentucky Working Conditions Survey – This 90- minute session was designed by KSBA and the New Teacher Center, the consulting group that created and managed the TELL Kentucky survey. Board teams will gain a better understanding of their districts’ results as well as how these results can be used to improve conditions for their staff. Discussions will focus on how the five leadership roles of effective school boards can be utilized to translate survey results into improved working conditions for district staff.
As the Kentucky Board of Education and Department of Education implement additional aspects of this agenda, KSBA will develop more training modules. For more information or to schedule one of the above sessions for your board, contact Kerri Schelling, KSBA director of Board Team Development, at (800) 372-2962.