New ASBA Leaders Elected, Annual Conference Features Glendale Union, Grijalva, GLSEN

The Arizona School Board Association is being held at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa: "The soothing Sonoran Desert setting of JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort serves as the serene backdrop for Revive Spa. Step into the Phoenix spa’s peaceful two-story rotunda lobby with a central water feature flowing directly beneath a brilliant skylight."

PHOENIX – On Wednesday, the Arizona School Board Association kicked-off its annual conference at the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference offers a variety of riveting breakout sessions for school board members from across the state in a plush setting.

Arizona School Board Association (ASBA) members elected new officers for 2020: President-Elect Ann O’Brien, from the Deer Valley Unified School District, Treasurer Torri Anderson, from the Maricopa Unified School District, and Secretary James Bryce, from the Solomon Elementary School District. The elected officers will join Steven Chapman (Tolleson Union High School District) to form the executive committee of the ASBA Board of Directors.

Delegates also passed a new “core belief put forward by the ASBA Equity Committee and recommended for approval by the ASBA Board of Directors. It reads: Systemic inequities must be removed so every student achieves their fullest potential.

Topics include:

A Mosaic of Minds: Using Unique Differences to Meet the Social/Emotional Needs of Students and Families, Empowering Excellence and Success through Student Leadership Excellence IS Possible, “Climate Change” for LGBTQ Students: Proven Tools for Promoting Inclusion and Defusing Discrimination in K-12 Schools, School Counselors: Building Better Humans, Bonus Outcomes: How a Focus on Student Social-Emotional Health Improved Job Satisfaction of Teachers, Golden Bell Winner- High School: Glendale UHSD’s Summer Academies, Professional Development: A Comprehensive Approach to Supporting and Retaining Teachers, Connect and Collaborate: Mental Health Partnerships in Schools, Relational Leadership: The Foundation for a High-Performing Culture, Preventing an Undercount of AZ Children: How the Census Impacts Schools, Closing the Achievement Gap: How AVID in K-12 Can Increase High School Graduation and College-Retention Rates for Underrepresented Students, An Evolution of Mexican American Studies in Arizona.

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