Members of Aldine ISD Board of Trustees, along with Superintendent Dr. LaTonya Goffney, recently attended the Texas Association of School Board’s (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute. The event was held June 14-16 in San Antonio.
The annual Summer Leadership Institute (SLI) is TASB’s flagship training conference and offered new and experienced trustees the information they need to successfully lead and advocate for their students and their communities.
AISD Trustees who attended the SLI were President Steve Mead, Vice-President Paul Shanklin, Secretary Rose Avalos, Assistant Secretary Connie Esparza and Member Dr. Kimberley Booker.
Trustees received training on new Senate Bill 1566. Senate Bill 1566 highlights the specific responsibility of school boards to provide oversight and strategic leadership regarding student academic achievement. Research on school governance has identified specific actions of school boards in high-performing districts, including setting and monitoring specific goals related to student performance. The session enabled trustees to embrace this essential board function with tools to understand available student performance data and what it means for student learning, set meaningful goals around student achievement and make monitoring progress a central part of the board’s work.
In addition to a number of in-depth and breakout sessions during the three-day event, trustees from across Texas heard from featured speakers Steve Gilliland, Linda Cliatt-Wayman and Roberto Rivera.
Gilliland is a master storyteller and comedian who is passionate about education. He is the author of four books, Detour, Enjoy the Ride, Hide Your Goat and Making a Difference. Gilliland speaks to more than 250,000 people a year. He is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame and can be heard daily on SiriusXM Radio’s Laugh USA.
Cliatt-Wayman is a fierce advocate for children and has spent three decades fighting for children in poverty to be properly educated in Philadelphia Public Schools. Cliatt-Wayman has a BA from Kutztown University and a master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University. She spent 20 years as a special education teacher and has since succeeded in turnaround efforts as a principal at several Philadelphia schools. She currently serves as principal and founder of Currently Trending, a nonprofit that provides leadership coaching and support to disadvantaged teenagers so they will graduate high school in four years and pursue a life of purpose.
Rivera is an artist, educator and change agent who specializes in applying best practices in engaging youth using practical and relevant methods. He is president and lead change agent for The Good Life Organization, which publishes multimedia educational tools and trains educators, youth workers and parents in connecting positive youth development to community development. For more than a decade, Rivera has employed asset-based and social emotional learning principles in community-based youth work in Los Angeles, Milwaukee and Chicago.
Joining Aldine ISD’s Trustees at the SLI were school board members from across Texas.
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