2015 ASBA Annual Conference

Below are links to conference presentation materials for the 2015 ASBA Annual Conference. Click on the plus or minus signs (+ or -) to expand or close the boxes below. Links are posted in BLUE.

Wednesday, Dec. 9

Morning Workshops, 9 a.m.-Noon

From 9 a.m. until noon, board members may choose one of five morning workshops to attend. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If seating capacity is reached in a particular workshop, participants may choose an alternate session to attend.

(1) Fundamentals of School Finance
Location: Marriott Ballroom, Salon A
Presenter:  Mr. Jeff Stubblefield, Superintendent, Charleston School District
Do you find school district finance confusing or just simply want to know more about it? This session will paint the “big picture” and provide an overview of financial basics, the board’s role in the budget process and how it relates to their mission and vision for the school district. Discussions will center on school district revenues and revenue sources as well as district expenditures and the different areas expenditures are made.  SESSION ATTENDEES ARE ENCOURAGED TO BRING A COPY OF THEIR DISTRICT’S STATE PRINTOUT (ask your superintendent for a copy or visit this link) in order to better understand their district’s financial position.  Participants will leave understanding the key indicators of a financially stressed district.

(2) Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure: Dynamics of Leadership
Location: Marriott Ballroom, Salon B
Presenter:  Ms. Patricia Treadway
Looking for ways to make monthly school board meetings more effective and efficient? Then this session is for you!  Parliamentary procedure refers to the rules of democracy – in other words, the way a group of people come together, present and discuss possible courses of action, and make decisions. Topics in this session will include:

  • Seven overriding principles
  • Adhesion to and deviation from bylaw documents
  • Comparisons and contrasts among rules governing various types of meetings such as deliberative assemblies, small boards, public meetings, and mass meetings
  • Necessary organizational documents such as agendas, orders-of-business, and minutes
  • The characteristics and purpose of frequently used motions

Various informative handouts will be provided.  Time will be reserved at the end for questions and answers.

(3) Big Idea Thinking: Importance of Learning in a Changing World
Location: Marriott Ballroom, Salon C
Presenter:  Apple, Inc.
What if you were given a blank slate to implement important teaching and learning changes? Take this opportunity to join a conversation focused on developing big ideas for creating, managing, and executing large-scale personalized teaching and learning initiatives. Learn from, and collaborate with, an Apple Distinguished Educator who has created an innovative classroom through a one-to-one digital learning initiative. Attendees will be amazed to learn how an Apple Distinguished Educator utilizes Apple Technology, Apple workflow and apps on a daily basis with students and the impact it is having. Attendees will experience:

  • Building an organization of the future
  • Managing change in complex times
  • Creating a culture to execute big ideas
  • Identifying key trends in successful personalized learning and teaching initiatives
  • What it’s like to be a student in a digital classroom through innovative, hands-on activities created by an Apple Distinguished Educator

(4) The Life of a School Bond from Concept to Concrete
Location: Marriott, Hoffman (located beside Ballroom)
Presenter:  Mr. Scott Beardsley, VP, First Security Beardsley Public Finance
This session will walk board members through the bond process from start to finish. Session attendees will discuss the new regulatory environment that districts must be aware of when creating a security. Attendees will also take a look at a competitive bidding scenario to see how interest rates are established, what EMMA is, and why it keeps asking the district for information. Learn how bonds are used by a school district to meet their capital and operating needs, and how restructuring a district’s existing debt could lower its annual payment and free up funds for operations.  Board members will leave knowing the language of bonds along with key points that must be considered before entering into debt.

(5) Social Media: Friend or Foe
Location: Marriott, Manning (located beside Ballroom)
Presenters: Mr. Jay Bequette, ASBA General Counsel; Mr. Lucas Harder, ASBA Policy Director; Ms.  Kim Friedman, ADE Communications Director
Social media tools like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Google+, in addition to many others, are simultaneously exciting and frightening tools used by an increasing number of board members, administrators, students, and community patrons. During this session participants will learn about laws and boundaries that affect school personnel and themselves when it comes to the professional and private use of social media.  Explore the rights and responsibilities of students, learn about guidelines for employers and employees, as well as ways to promote your school district. Join these presenters as they map out a path to help face and conquer the challenges of social media in school districts.

Breakout Sessions A, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Boosting your Bottom Lines in Student Achievement: Using Data to Make Informed Decisions
Joel Rush, CEO, The Learning Institute
Location: Caraway I

Claims, Claims – Go Away  
Bill Birch, Senior Vice President – Risk Consultant, BanCorpSouth
Location: Pope

Cooperative Purchasing – A Strategic Way to Save Money in your District
David Mabe, National Coordinator, TIPS/TAPS
Mickey McFatridge, Arkansas Solutions Specialist, TIPS/TAPS
Location: Caraway III

Expanding Horizons: Growing STEM Leaders Through Real-World Experiences
Carol Hendrix, 7th Grade Science Teacher, Nashville School District
Brenda Galliher, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Nashville School District
Location: Izard

Financing Capital Projects: Understanding the District’s Various Options for Financing School Facility Improvements
Jack Truemper, Senior Vice President, Stephens
Leigh Ann Biernat, Senior Vice President, Stephens
Location: Miller

Selection of a Superintendent – The Search Process
Dr. Kieth Williams, retired superintendent; Consultant, McPherson & Jacobson; Professor, Harding University
Location: Fulton

The Affordable Health Care Act: Compliance and Coverage for Public School Personnel
Lisa Boone, Director, Educational Benefits
Location: Caraway II

Breakout Sessions B, 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Boosting your Bottom Lines in Student Achievement: Using Data to Make Informed Decisions
Joel Rush, CEO, The Learning Institute
Location: Caraway I

Claims, Claims – Go Away  
Bill Birch, Senior Vice President – Risk Consultant, BanCorpSouth
Location: Pope

Cooperative Purchasing – A Strategic Way to Save Money in your District
David Mabe, National Coordinator, TIPS/TAPS
Mickey McFatridge, Arkansas Solutions Specialist, TIPS/TAPS
Location: Caraway III

Expanding Horizons: Growing STEM Leaders Through Real-World Experiences
Carol Hendrix, 7th Grade Science Teacher, Nashville School District
Brenda Galliher, 8th Grade Science Teacher, Nashville School District
Location: Izard

Municipal Bonds Tax Compliance: Ensuring your Administration is Complying with Federal Post-Issuance Rules and Regulations
Jason Holtzclaw, Vice President, Stephens
Bob Beach, Partner, Friday, Eldridge & Clark
Location:  Miller

Selection of a Superintendent – The Search Process
Dr. Kieth Williams, retired superintendent; Consultant, McPherson & Jacobson; Professor, Harding University
Location:  Fulton

The Affordable Health Care Act: Compliance and Coverage for Public School Personnel
Lisa Boone, Director, Educational Benefits
Location: Caraway II

Thursday, Dec. 10

Keynote Speaker, Miranda Beard, 8:30-10 a.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

 Miranda Beard, National School Boards Association president-elect, will speak on the topic, "Ordinary people doing extraordinary things today to prepare Arkansas students for tomorrow."

In addition to her role at NSBA, Beard serves as president of the board of trustees for the Laurel School District in Laurel, Mississippi. She is also past president of the Mississippi School Boards Association and a member of the board of directors.

Beard promotes and supports NSBA's mission of achieving excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership. She is a servant-leader who wants to use her time, talent and knowledge to advocate for public education on the local, state, and national level. She believes that every child regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status should have access to a free and adequate education.

Breakout Sessions A, 11 a.m.-Noon

21st Century Technology Integration into the Classroom – Every Child, Every Opportunity, Every Day!
Jeff Collum, Superintendent, Benton School District
Jeff Morrow, Board Member, Benton School District
Jessica Herring, Apple Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Benton School District
Location: Miller

Best Practices in School-Based Mental Health
Dr. Betsy Kindall, School-Based Mental Health Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Location:  Izard

Big Idea Thinking: Importance of Learning in a Changing World
Apple, Inc.
Location: Manning

Board Governance: Strategies for Problem Solving and Decision Making
Dr. Sammie Lee Felton, CEO, SLF Consulting
Location: Harris Brake

Bright Futures   
Travis Riggs, Board President, Bentonville School District
Dr. Mike Poore, Superintendent, Bentonville School District
Amanda Musick, Student Services Director, Bentonville School District
Location: Ouachita

Economics: Connecting the Dots from School to Bright Futures!
Sue Owens, Executive Director, Economics Arkansas
Marsha Masters, Associate Director, Economics Arkansas
Jennifer Taunton, Program Coordinator, Economics Arkansas
Location: Fulton

“Growing” a Sustainable Engineering Program in your District: Engaging Community Stakeholders to Impact Student Achievement
Dennis Pevey, K-12 Science Specialist, eStem Public Charter School
Clint Whitley, Architect/Sustainability Coordinator, Cromwell Architects
Location: Pope

Innovative Practices to Advance Community Partnerships
Dr. Megan Witonski, Associate Superintendent, Springdale School District
Joe Rollins, Principal, Springdale School of Innovation
Location: Caraway III

Millage Elections in Arkansas - Strategies for Planning a Successful Campaign
Dr. Donnie Whitten, Superintendent, Arkadelphia School District
Location: Caraway I

Our Journey in Supporting Every Student for Success - Fountain Lake SD
Brad Sullivan, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fountain Lake School District
Donald Westerman, High School Principal, Fountain Lake School District
Frank Janaskie, Middle School Principal, Fountain Lake School District
Location: Caraway II

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
Randy Jumper, Director of Operations and District Director of PBIS, Blytheville School District
Harriet Jumper, Gymnastics/Dance/PE Coach and PBIS Coach, Blytheville School District
Location: Hoffman
Location: Fulton

So You Have a Building Project - Want to Learn the A B C's from Start to Finish?
Gene Hawk, Facilities Director, North Little Rock School District
John McMorran, Principal, Lewis Architects Engineers
Scott Copas, President/CEO, Baldwin & Shell Construction Company
Location: Conway

Your School Facilities: Mandates, Measures & Opportunities
Your School Facilities: Partnership Funding Prioritization
Aliza Jones, Certified Educational Facility Planner
Location: Grampas

Awards Luncheon Speaker: Education Commissioner Johnny Key, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

Former Senator Johnny Key has served as Arkansas Department of Education commissioner since March of 2015.

Prior to being named commissioner, Key served as associate vice president for university relations at the University of Arkansas System, a position he held since August 2014.

Key began his career in public service in 1997 when he was elected to serve as a justice of the peace on the Baxter County Quorum Court. He was elected to three two-year terms in the House of Representatives, followed by a tenure in the Senate that began in 2008.

While in the Senate, Key served as chair of multiple committees: the Senate Education Committee; Arkansas Legislative Council Administrative Rules and Regulations Committee; Joint Retirement and Social Security Committee; and Arkansas Lottery Commission Legislative Oversight Committee.

Breakout Sessions B, 1:45-2:45 p.m.

Big Idea Thinking: Importance of Learning in a Changing World
Apple, Inc.
Location: Manning

Board Governance: Strategies for Problem Solving and Decision Making
Dr. Sammie Lee Felton, CEO, SLF Consulting
Location: Harris Brake

Bright Futures   
Travis Riggs, Board President, Bentonville School District
Dr. Mike Poore, Superintendent, Bentonville School District
Amanda Musick, Student Services Director, Bentonville School District
Location: Ouachita

Creating Leaders One Child at a Time – The Journey of One School District from Discouragement to Hope
Dr. Lonnie Myers, Superintendent, Mulberry/Pleasant View School District
Jan Williams, Business Manager, Mulberry/Pleasant View School District
Jeff Marvin, Board President, Mulberry/Pleasant View School District
Location: White Oak

Do Arkansas Educators Have Professional Ethics?
Brad Baine, Board Member, Greene County Technical School District and Professional Licensure Standards Board
Wayne Ruthven, Professional Licensure Standards Board Chief Investigator, Arkansas Department of Education
Cheryl Reinhart, Professional Licensure Standards Board Director and Attorney, Arkansas Department of Education
Location: Pope

Economics: Connecting the Dots from School to Bright Futures!
Sue Owens, Executive Director, Economics Arkansas
Marsha Masters, Associate Director, Economics Arkansas
Jennifer Taunton, Program Coordinator, Economics Arkansas
Location: Fulton

How Educators and Board Members Can Earn Annual Training Hours Online
Feather Linn, Education Division Manager, AETN- ArkansasIDEAS
Location: Izard

Millage Elections in Arkansas - Strategies for Planning a Successful Campaign
Dr. Donnie Whitten, Superintendent, Arkadelphia School District
Location: Caraway I

Our Journey in Supporting Every Student for Success
Brad Sullivan, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Fountain Lake School District
Donald Westerman, High School Principal, Fountain Lake School District
Frank Janaskie, Middle School Principal, Fountain Lake School District
Location: Caraway II

Preschool Literacy The future is NOW!
Mary Anne Williams, Affiliate Relations Committee, Arkansas Imagination Library
Dr. Patti Bokony, Dept. of Family & Preventive Medicine Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Location: Caraway III

So You Have a Building Project - Want to Learn the A B C's from Start to Finish?
Gene Hawk, Facilities Director, North Little Rock School District
John McMorran, Principal, Lewis Architects Engineers
Scott Copas, President/CEO, Baldwin & Shell Construction Company
Location: Conway

Social Media Friend or Foe
Jay Bequette, ASBA General Counsel
Location: Hoffman

The Importance of Ethical Behavior Both Inside and Outside the Board Room
Dr. Kieth Williams, Retired Superintendent; Consultant, McPherson & Jacobson; Professor, Harding University
Location: Chicot

Your School Facilities: Mandates, Measures & Opportunities
Your School Facilities: Partnership Funding Prioritization
Aliza Jones, Certified Educational Facility Planner
Location: Grampas

Breakout Sessions C, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Achieving Energy Efficient Facilities through Best Known Maintenance Practices
Erik Swindle, Facilities Director, Cromwell Architects Engineers  
Location: Miller

Creating Leaders One Child at a Time – The Journey of One School District from Discouragement to Hope
Dr. Lonnie Myers, Superintendent, Mulberry/Pleasant View School District
Jan Williams, Business Manager, Mulberry/Pleasant View School District
Jeff Marvin, Board President, Mulberry/Pleasant View School District
Location: White Oak

Do Arkansas Educators Have Professional Ethics?
Brad Baine, Board Member, Greene County Technical School District and Professional Licensure Standards Board
Wayne Ruthven, Professional Licensure Standards Board Chief Investigator, Arkansas Department of Education
Cheryl Reinhart, Professional Licensure Standards Board Director and Attorney, Arkansas Department of Education
Location: Pope

How Educators and Board Members Can Earn Annual Training Hours Online
Feather Linn, Education Division Manager, AETN- ArkansasIDEAS
Location: Izard

Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS)
Randy Jumper, Director of Operations and District Director of PBIS, Blytheville School District
Harriet Jumper, Gymnastics/Dance/PE Coach and PBIS Coach, Blytheville School District
Location: Fulton

Preschool Literacy The future is NOW!
Mary Anne Williams, Affiliate Relations Committee, Arkansas Imagination Library
Dr. Patti Bokony, Dept. of Family & Preventive Medicine Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Location: Caraway III

Safer Schools - A Priority and a Reality
Jeff Collum, Superintendent, Benton School District
Kevin Chastain, Facilities Manager, Benton School District
Jeff Morrow, Board Member, Benton School District
Location: Caraway II

Social Media Friend or Foe
Jay Bequette, ASBA General Counsel
Location: Hoffman

The Importance of Ethical Behavior Both Inside and Outside the Board Room
Dr. Kieth Williams, Retired Superintendent; Consultant, McPherson & Jacobson; Professor, Harding University
Location: Chicot

Understanding College Remediation Rate Data and What Districts Can Do to Change their Numbers
Dr. Marla Strecker, Education Leadership Program Director, Southern Arkansas University
Location: Caraway I

Friday, Dec. 11

Cabot High School Jazz Band, 7:45-8:15 a.m.

Location: Marriott Ballroom

The Cabot High School jazz band, under the direction of Joe Trusty, is made up of students in grades 10-12. In order to be selected to participate in jazz band, the students go through a competitive audition process.  The CHS jazz band plays for many functions around the community and the state. 

The CHS jazz band has performed in Branson at the Haygood's, Legend's, Dick Clark Theatre, Branson Bell and Country Tonight shows. The band was selected 3-years-ago by the Branson Chamber of Commerce to be the guest artist for a 4-day, all expense paid trip to Branson to serve as guest artist for the Branson Familiarization tour offered to music teachers around the country. 

The students also participate in the A.S.B.O.A. region and state jazz tryout process.  This year, 20 members of the CHS jazz band earned placement in the region jazz band.

ForwARd Arkansas, 8:30-9 a.m.

ForwARd Arkansas is a partnership of education, business, government and civic leaders committed to improving public education in the state. After conducting an in-depth analysis of Arkansas’ educational system and gathering input from nearly 8,500 Arkansans, it has set strategic recommendations to make Arkansas a leading state in education, including some which directly address Arkansas public school boards.

Jared Henderson is the project manager for the ForwARd initiative. From a work background in business and management, Mr. Henderson holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and an MBA from Harvard Business School. His proudest claim however, is that he is a fourth generation Arkansan and a product of Arkansas’ public schools.   He truly believes that we can become one of the first states in the nation to provide all its children with the opportunity to attain an excellent education, no matter their circumstances.

Governor Asa Hutchinson, 9-9:30 a.m.

Asa Hutchinson was elected the 46th Governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, winning 55 percent of the vote.

As governor, he led in the passage of the biggest income tax rate cut in state history. His initiative to require computer-coding classes in every public high school makes Arkansas a national leader and signals to businesses everywhere that our students will be prepared for the 21st century economy.

The Governor is chairman of the Southern Regional Education Board, chairman of the Southern States Energy Board, and vice chairman of the National Governors Association Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee.

Before being elected governor, Asa Hutchinson served as Director of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as the first Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Voters in Arkansas’s Third District also elected him to Congress three times.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas law school, Asa Hutchinson, at age 31, was appointed by President Reagan as the nation's youngest U.S. attorney.

Legislative Panel, 9:30-11 a.m.

The upcoming year will be a busy one for state government: primary elections March 1, followed by a fiscal session, an expected special session dealing with health care reform, and then the general election. What will all of this mean for schools? The following panel of legislators will offer their thoughts and answer questions:

  • Senator Jane English, Senate Education Committee Chair, of North Little Rock
  • Senator Alan Clark of Lonsdale
  • Senator Linda Chesterfield of Little Rock
  • Rep. Bruce Cozart, House Education Committee Chair, of Hot Springs
  • Rep. Michael John Gray of Augusta
  • Rep. Reginald Murdock of Marianna