Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ASBA Conference

On Monday and Tuesday, I attended the ASBA (Alberta School Board Association) conference for new trustees. I attended workshops on: Turning Good Intention in Action, Conflict Management and Community Engagement. All three were worthwhile, inspiring and left me wanting more.

Some of thoughts that I took away:

  • Community engagement is essential to the long-term viability of public education.
  • Perception= Reality (How public education is perceived by the public IS reality)
  • A number of attributes are common to all leaders (including being genuine and trusting)
  • Conflict is built into the job of being a trustee and learning to deal with it effectively is essential.
  • The roles of the administration and the Board of Trustees are both independent of each other AND interdependent. Sometimes, the interconnectedness of the roles can lead to confusion or stepping on each other's toes.
  • Empathy is key to the role of trustee.
  • Management focuses on doing things right. Leaders focus on doing the right things.
The notes from the sessions will be posted on the ASBA website.

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