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Northeast Times | July 20, 2018

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HEB ISD school board president participating in statewide “Master Trustee” program

HEB ISD school board president participating in statewide “Master Trustee” program

Julie Cole from Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD was among a group of school board members gathering in El Paso April 19–21 to continue learning the latest on 21st century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators. Session theme for this, the fourth of five training sessions of Leadership TASB (LTASB), was “Where Leadership Happens–Inclusion is More than a Term.”

Trustees began activities Thursday with a visit to Tornillo ISD and enjoyed student presentations and discussions about public education on the Texas border. The day concluded with a tour of the border wall and area colonias.

Friday’s session focused on inclusion with featured nationally known speakers Kori Hamilton-Biagas and Derek Greenfield. Their presentation highlighted techniques and strategies public schools can employ to better include all children and all families in the educational enterprise.

Throughout the session trustees also presented parts of their ongoing research on various issues facing public education in Texas.

The LTASB class of 2018 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 800 graduates to date. The 2018 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 5.3 million students.