RIASC school committee and school administration members attended an interesting and lively session on social media at the Hassenfeld Institute. Presenters covered best practices in setting up a social media platform and the use of technology in engaging constituencies.
RIASC members received five hours of professional development credit for attending.
As part of our ongoing professional development series, RIASC held a session on Common Core. The Session was well attended and members were engaged and enlightened by our guest presenter, Kevin Baird. Kevin is a national consultant who works with districts in the implementation of the common core state standards. Do you have the resources in your district to properly implement the common core? Do you have a general understanding of common core that will allow you to address the concerns of your constituency? These questions and more were discussed at the session and members walked away with a deeper understanding of the standards. Kevin also dispelled some of the myths associated with common core. RIASC plans on having Kevin return for another presentation. Watch your email for details.
Over 70 members enjoyed a beautiful day at Save the Bay conference center at RIASC's 2013 Annual Meeting. Attendees engaged in panel discussions with Mayors, school committee chairs, and town council members, and mapping exercises, with topics including the municipal role in public education, cage busting leadership, and Vanguard schools' legislation.
A highlight of the day was the presentation of the Howard Kay award to Sally Black, Chair of the Tiverton School Committee. Jan Bergandy presented the award to Sally, alongside her family. The Kay Award was also given to Nancy Sprengelmeyer, posthumously. Nancy's niece accepted the award for her, along with her longtime friend and colleague Kathy Patenaude. The Howard Kay award is given annually to an outstanding school committee member.
RIASC 2013 Leadership Academy graduates were also recognized and presented certificates from the Rhode Island Board of Education.