NALEO Education Leadership Initiative - Policy Institute on School Governance: Effective Governance through Strong Leadership - NALEO Educational Fund


NALEO Education Leadership Initiative - Policy Institute on School Governance: Effective Governance through Strong Leadership

March 25-26, 2015 | Washington, D.C.


Local school boards are charged with the responsibility to develop policies and practices to ensure that student learning and academic success remain an outcome and priority. In order for the board to be successful in its role, it is important that each and every board member display strong governance skills in order to enhance the board’s collective strength. These skill sets include the ability to understand the processes, procedures, and systems in place in order to successfully navigate the policymaking bureaucracy. Effective board members are those that not only learn to navigate both the formal and informal structures successfully, but also become leaders within and throughout the process.

The overarching goal of the NELI Policy Institute on School Governance is to provide Latino public servants with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become effective advocates for their students, families, and communities. School board members attending this two-day convening, will hear from leading education experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who will tackle pressing policy and key core governance topics.

The Institute will include a curriculum that covers:


  • Parliamentary Procedures (Part I - III)
  • Equal Educational Opportunities to Learn: The Role of the Federal Government
  • Lessons Learned and the Path Forward: Common Core State Standards and Assessment Implementation
  • Assessment Implementation and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
  • ABest Practices: The Challenges and Strategies in Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Sponsors


Institute Title Sponsors




7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

• Dr. Rosita Ramirez, Director of Constituency Services - Education, NALEO Educational Fund

8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session I:

Introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order


There are a set of rules and guidelines that are integral to the process of conducting meetings, holding elections, and reaching consensus. These rules guide the practices of individuals to ensure that there is order and that members abide by a set of shared expectations and principles. Being able to effectively and efficiently run and operate within meetings is a vital skill for strong leadership. Parliamentary procedures not only guide the meeting procedures, but most importantly also the political outcomes and decisions. This session will demonstrate the importance of becoming confident and knowledgeable in parliamentary procedures to ensure school board members rightfully participate in the governance process and enhance their leadership skills.

• Ms. Colette Collier Trohan, CPP-T, PRP, A Great Meeting, Inc.

Resources: 1 | 2

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Leadership Luncheon

• Hon. Alex Padilla, California Secretary of State, NALEO President

12:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Session II:

Applying Robert's Rules of Order


Given the wide range of Parliamentary Procedures it can take time to truly become more comfortable and familiar with the rules and guidelines. In order to master the content and use it effectively, it is essential to prepare and carryout the established governing practices. Through an interactive presentation this session will provide participants with an opportunity to apply the content learned from Robert’s Rules of Order.

• Ms. Sukhi K. Ahluwalia, Senior Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Session III:

The Power Behind Robert's Rules of Order


In order to meet certain outcomes effective leaders can strategically leverage Parliamentary Procedures. Ultimately, Robert’s Rules of Order are designed to establish an unbiased and respectful environment to effectively govern organizations. However, these guidelines may be used for more than maintaining order, they can also be applied to ensure transparency is met and members’ rights are protected. This session will demonstrate how using Robert’s Rules of Order can maximize political objectives and goals.

• Hon. Paul D. López, Councilmember, City and County of Denver, Colorado, NALEO Board Member

• Hon. Michele Martinez, Councilmember, City of Santa Ana, California, NALEO Board Member
Presentation

• Ms. Sukhi K. Ahluwalia, Senior Counsel, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

Additional Resources:

Working Together to Achieve One’s Goals: Some Strategies for Success

Simple Parliamentary Procedures Cheat Sheet

Legal Issues for Boardsmanship: Due Process, Role of the Board, Fiscal Oversight, Conflicts and Ethics

3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks and Adjourn for the Day


5:30 p.m.

Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala 2015


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast


8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Session IV:

Equal Educational Opportunities to Learn: The Role of the Federal Government


Over the past several years, the U.S. Department of Education, the Office for Civil Rights, and the U.S. Department of Justice have implemented several strategies to explore the different ways to tackle and resolve the disparities in student academic success that continues to exist across the country. School board members must have the information and tools necessary to determine whether their districts are in compliance with federal law and regulations to ensure that all students have access to a great education. This session will provide an overview of the current educational policies that have been proposed or issued on behalf of the federal government and that are playing out in varying degrees at a local level.

• Ms. Daria Hall, Director of K-12 Policy Development, The Education Trust
Presentation

• Dr. Libia Gil, Assistant Deputy Secretary and Director, U.S. Department of Education
Presentation | Resources: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

• Mr. James Ferg-Cadima, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy, U.S. Department of Education - Office for Civil Rights
Presentation

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session V:

Lessons Learned and the Path Forward: Common Core Standards (CCSS) and Assessment Implementation


As states have implemented the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or other state-specific learning standards, they have begun to produce preliminary results. Given the important role school board members play in approving the curriculum, tools and systems to invest in, as a matter of accountability it is important that they remain aware of the outcomes of such investments. Initial pilot results have become available outlining student performance on state adopted assessments. This session will provide participants with rich data demonstrating the current status of various student performance indicators that can better inform district decisions as they move forward in the implementation stage of new college and career readiness standards.

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout I:

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium


• Dr. Rachel Kachchaf, Director of Supports for Students, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium
Presentation

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Breakout II:

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)


• Ms. Danielle Branson, Senior Program Associate, Policy, Research, and Design, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers
Presentation

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Network Lunch


12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Session VI:

Assessment Implementation and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners


As assessments are being implemented across the country there are certain factors that must be taken into consideration to ensure districts are accurately measuring the progress of all students. However, it is important to recognize that students’ who are attempting to master the acquisition of a second language and learn the content of a new set of college and career readiness standards certain adjustments must be made to build-in reliable and valid assessments for this student population. This session will focus on highlighting the language-specific accommodations and supports that have been extended to effectively measure the content knowledge and linguistic proficiency of English Language Learners.
• Dr. Martha I. Martinez, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education – Education Equity Unit English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century

Presentation

• Dr. Gary Cook, Research Director, WIDA Consortium, Principal Investigator, Formative Language Assistance Records for English Language Learners
Presentation



2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Session VII:

Best Practices: The Challenges and Strategies in Implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)


Within the last several years, districts have been focusing their efforts to implement the new Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Many lessons have been learned during this transitional period. Districts have been tasked to not only identify curricular materials that are aligned to the new set of standards but during this process teachers have also been working diligently to shift their instructional practices to teach to these new set of standards. School board members, in partnership with their superintendent and senior leadership must be able to not only identify and approve resources and materials that will meet the needs of students but they will need to provide the leadership and support teachers require to shift their own instructional practices. This session will facilitate a discussion on the ongoing progress and challenges districts have encountered with the implementation of the CCSS.

• Ms. Maria Ferguson, Executive Director, Center on Education Policy, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University
Presentation

• Mr. Eric Hirsch, Executive Director, EdReports.org
Presentation

3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Evaluation and Closing Remarks

• Dr. Rosita Ramirez, Director of Constituency Services – Education, NALEO Educational Fund

Contact


213-747-7606

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