Association of School Boards held its conference in Anchorage this month.In attendance were all of the members of Kodiak's Board of
event features lectures and training on topics that school boards are required
to keep up with.
member Petal Ruch called the annual event a "learning conference." She
talked about its importance to the Kodiak
Island Borough School District.
-- (State Board 1 "Part
of this conference ...reach those goals.")
It takes money to send the school
board and some administrators to attend the A-A-S-B gathering each year. Ruch thinks its money well spent and an investment in the district.
-- (State Board 2 "But
its also ... be responsible for."
the theme of the state-wide conference was "Sparking Student Success."
-- (State Board 3 "I
want to say ... part of our training."
The convention attendees
generate a legislative wish-list of sorts; proposed legislation that addresses
various education needs and concerns around the state. Some of the proposed
legislation of interest to Kodiak's board included early education and early
According to Ruch , another
topic of interest in Kodiak is continuing education.
-- (State Board 4 "Helping
kids as ... forms of education."
of the featured speakers at this year's convention was former Alaska legislator and Native leader Willie
Hensley. Also featured was keynote speaker Frank Kros, president of the Upside
Down organization, of Maryland.
Upside Down promotes the use of the latest research and insights from