School Board Members Encouraged to Register for TASB’s Governance Camp in Galveston
Austin— Registration is now open for the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Governance Camp to be held March 1-4 in Galveston, where school board members will have the opportunity to learn key updates on school safety, the 88th legislative session and student voice.
“Governance Camp is a signature TASB event not to be missed,” said TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell. “All of the sessions and keynote addresses are designed to provide trustees with the knowledge and skills to lead and serve their communities. This year, with lawmakers in Austin, we’ll also be providing important information on the latest developments that have the potential to impact public education.”
The event will kick off on Wednesday, March 1, with a special pre-conference roundtable on school safety. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from experts as well as from district administrators on best practices, new initiatives and other policies and procedures to promote safety.
In planning Gov Camp, organizers work hard to ensure all the sessions are relevant and timely for trustees by encouraging education leaders across Texas to submit ideas for presentations. That grassroots process, which runs each year from November through mid-January, results in topics and themes that connect to school board work.
Trustees who attend will have the opportunity to earn up to 18 hours of continuing education credit.
“We’re excited about this year’s program and the variety of sessions that will be available, from creating a strong CTE program to connecting with Spanish speaking families and passing bonds,” said TASB’s Assistant Division Director of Event Planning Kathy Dundee. “We’re also looking forward to welcoming outstanding students from across the state, including our five scholarship winners, who will be announced in the coming weeks.”
Five high school seniors will be awarded $1,500 Student Voice Scholarships thanks to sponsor Walsh Gallegos Trevino Kyle & Robinson P.C.
In addition to receiving the scholarship, each student will participate in the Student Voice Scholarship Panel discussion during the March 3 general session, so trustees will have the opportunity to hear from students about their unique public school journeys and insights.
Another highlight of the event are sessions and hands-on demonstrations led by students from across the state.
“We consistently hear from our members that the student voice component of Governance Camp is one of the most inspiring parts of the event,” Troxell said. “Being able to connect the work of trustees to positive student outcomes and experiences is really the goal of school board service.”
TASB is a nonprofit organization established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students.