Frisco ISD School Board President Anne McCausland was among a group of school board members gathering in El Paso April 9-11 to continue learning the latest on 21st century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Session theme for this, the fourth of five training sessions of Leadership TASB (LTASB), was "Where Leadership Happens through Embracing the Differences."
Trustees began activities Thursday with presentations of research findings from their group study. Six groups presented on topics relevant to the changing landscape of public education in Texas.
Friday’s session focused on campus tours at Ysleta ISD including the district’s Pre-K school, Alicia Chacon International School, and Bel Air High School’s Health Professions Magnet program. The day ended with nationally known speaker Derek Greenfield. His presentation, "From Diversity to Inclusion," highlighted techniques and strategies public schools can employ to better include all children and all families in the educational enterprise.
Keynote speaker Kelly McDonald, CEO of McDonald Marketing in Dallas, began the program on Saturday. McDonald’s remarks, "Changing Demographics Changing Texas," challenged the trustees with making sense with the 2010 federal census and seeing the demographic numbers as indications of a shift in what traditionally has been seen as the all-American family.
The LTASB class of 2015 represents Texas school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 160 to more than 160,000, and reflects the range of property wealth. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate in June with a unique designation recognized by TASB. LTASB is sponsored in part by H-E-B.
Each session has a specific theme that builds on the previous session and features state and nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work on extended learning assignments between meetings throughout the year. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has almost 700 graduates to date.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state.