Trustee Tom Jackson Attends Program on Community Engagement

Cypress, TX (April 28, 2016) CFISD Board of Trustees member Tom Jackson was among a group of school board members who gathered in Amarillo March 30-April 2 to continue learning the latest on 21st-century challenges to leadership and the implications of those trends for educators, according to a Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) release.

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The session theme for the fourth of five training sessions of Leadership TASB was “Where Leadership Happens When In-the Box Thinking Doesn’t Exist.”

Trustees began activities Thursday with a visit to Hereford ISD, including Bluebonnet Elementary and the district’s Career and Technical Education Center. The day concluded with presentations of research findings from their group study. Three of six groups presented on topics relevant to the changing landscape of public education in Texas.

Friday’s session focused on campus tours at Highland Park ISD (Potter County) and a performance by the district’s choir and band groups. The day ended with nationally known speaker Derek Greenfield. His presentation, “From Diversity to Inclusion,” highlighted techniques and strategies public schools can employ to better include all children and all families in the educational enterprise.

Saturday activities included research team presentations from the remaining three teams and additional presentations of timely news from their respective school districts.

The Leadership TASB class of 2016 represents Texas school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 160 to more than 160,000, and reflects a 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 700 graduates to date. The 2016 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 5.2 million students.

Courtesy of the District