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Daniel Blackwood, a trustee from Little Elm ISD, joined 33 other school board members from across Texas November 15-17 in Amarillo for the second session of the Leadership TASB class of 2019. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 114 to 215,408, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.
Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB. The session theme was Where Leadership Happens When Size Doesn’t Matter, and trustees visited two districts. In a visit to Lefors ISD, with a student enrollment of 167, LTASB participants toured campuses and learned of the district’s unique program, Passionate Pirate Friday, which allows students to create their own community service projects.
At Canyon ISD, with a student enrollment of more than 10,000, they visited three campuses. They learned about the district’s unique flex time opportunity at Randall High School, which allows students to engage in clubs of their own interests. During the session, trustees also heard featured speaker Kelly McDonald. A recognized authority on understanding census data and demographic trends, McDonald spoke to the participants on how to lead people who are different from themselves.
Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for Harlingen, February 21-23; Tyler, April 11-13; and Fort Worth, June 20-22. Each session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 800 graduates to date.
TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association 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 5.3 million public school students.