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June 17th, 2010
Trustees attend summer leadership institute

061510schoolboardSan Marcos CISD trustees recently attended the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute. Front row, left to right: Trustee Margie Villalpando, Superintendent Patty Shafer, Trustees President Judy Allen, and Trustee David Castillo. Back row, left to right: Trustees John Crowley, David Chiu, Kathy Hansen, Jesse Ponce.

STAFF REPORT

The San Marcos CISD trustees recently returned from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute, held June 10-12 in San Antonio. Approximately 2,500 new and veteran school leaders from across the state received in-depth training on effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from several speakers and garnered ideas for working programs.

Attending the two and a half day institute from San Marcos CISD were Trustees John Crowley, David Chiu, Kathy Hansen, Jesse Ponce, David Castillo, Margie Villalpando, and Judy Allen, and Superintendent Patty Shafer.

Topics at the event included effective community collaborations, college and career readiness, technology trends, dropout prevention and special education law. Social networking, school finance, bullying and gang prevention, facilities management, and the changing face of the Texas labor market were all subjects for breakout sessions throughout the course of the training.

Former trial lawyer Manny Medrano,  who is now a reporter for KLTA-TV in Los Angeles, spoke to the trustees on personal obstacles, the irrepressible human spirit, and the role of educators and mentors in his own personal and professional growth. Medrano, an Emmy-award winning network correspondent, went to high school in El Paso.

Renowned education activist, educator and founder of Education America Jonathan Kozol spoke to the group on “The Mania of Testing: How School Boards, Administrators and Teachers Can Fight Against the Risk of Turning Classrooms into Test Prep Factories.”  In his speech, he stressed that education excellence begins with the school board’s leadership and vision.

Newly elected board members were offered free certification for the required Open Meetings Act training with the featured TASB ISD School Law Basics training.

The institute also provided hours of continuing education credit for participants.

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