Two questions. Were you informed? Did you leave inspired?
Another State Education Conference is in the books, with the theme “Get Informed. Be Inspired.”
Two pre-conference sessions, a Green Schools tour, three nationally renowned speakers, 44 breakout sessions, and a few committee specific meetings over three days left no shortness of quality best practices and discussion items.
Thursday morning kicked off with Walter Bond, who spoke of the influences in his life that make each of us into the people we are today, and challenged us to not just communicate, but connect. Following Walter were nine breakout sessions, sending the 1,100 in attendance throughout the hotel to their various rooms, with topics ranging from the Board fiduciary responsibility to Superintendent contracts, to how York Public School is utilizing Twitter as means of communication and professional development with their staff.
Thursday’s lunch featured the annual presentation of the Ann Mactier Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement in Nebraska School Board Leadership. This year’s winner was Patty Bentzinger from Norris School District 160. Following Patty’s award, NSBA President, David Pickler spoke to the audience that now is the time to change the conversation and take a stand for public education, and that he believes we are helping to create energy and enthusiasm to recruit all states in the NSBA’s rapidly expanding Army of Advocates.
YOGOWYPI came next. When not standing on chairs, running across the room, or doing the hand jive, speaker Bill Cordes’ message was clear. YOGOWYPI stands for You Only Get Out What You Put In. Knowledge is power, but knowledge alone has no heart. Be someone people look up to, as you never know how that will impact their lives.
The afternoon was filled with 24 more breakouts, over 3 sessions, the ice cream social, and great giveaways from Nebraska-based companies like Runza and Omaha Steaks.
Friday morning started early for many, with the NASB Legislative Committee Meeting, followed by the Delegate Assembly. From there, 13 more breakout sessions brought us up to lunch, and speaker Dan Clark, who closed the conference with humor and thought provoking stories.
3 days, 1,100 people, 44 breakouts, 976 chicken breasts, 2 questions … Were you informed? Did you leave inspired?