Trio attend BOE conference

Published 9:15 am Monday, November 9, 2009

By Staff
from staff reports
Ola Ball, Lillie Dove, and Stephanie Walker of the Brewton City Board of Education attended the Oct. 25-26 Alabama Association of School Boards conference on “Leadership to Create the Optimal Learning Environment.”
More than 240 education leaders from around the state attended the two-day training seminar in Montgomery to learn how the right learning environment leads to student success, what role school boards play in creating a culture where all kids can achieve, and more about the connection between student achievement and school culture, climate and environment.
The AASB School Board Member Academy core training conference convened Montgomery. Attendees learned that students need a welcoming, supportive, positive and diverse climate in order to thrive.
They also heard discussion on how the right teacher, resources and atmosphere play an integral part in helping children learn.
Education Trust President Kati Haycock presented a session on how to “Get Results by Focusing on Teaching and Learning.” A+ Education Partnership Managing Director Cathy Gassenheimer led a discussion with students, teachers and the principal of Mobile County’s highly acclaimed George Hall Elementary School to give the audience a student-teacher perspective on optimal learning environments. Other topics included student progress in tough economic times, diversity, safe schools, technology and the board’s role in creating a culture of quality teaching and learning.
The annual fall conference is a component of the AASB School Board Member Academy. AASB represents all of the state’s public local school boards. For 60 years, AASB has served education leaders and the interests of local lay control of public education. The association’s mission is to develop excellent school board leaders through quality training, advocacy and services.
For academy information, contact AASB at 800/562-0601 or visit

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