Trustee Attends Program on Community Engagement

Trustees began activities Thursday with a visit to Hereford ISD, including Bluebonnet
Elementary and the district’s Career and Technical Education Center. The day concluded with
presentations of research findings from their group study. Three of six groups presented on
topics relevant to the changing landscape of public education in Texas.

Friday’s session focused on campus tours at Highland Park ISD and a performance by
the district’s choir and i-band groups. 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.

Saturday activities included research team presentations from the remaining three
teams and additional presentations of timely news from their respective school districts.
The LTASB class of 2016 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.

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. The 2016 LTASB
participants will complete their year in June during the annual Summer Leadership Institute
hosted by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local school boards. School
board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.2 million students.