David Montz, trustee from Friendswood ISD joined 34 other school board members from across Texas January 29-31 at the third session of the Leadership TASB class of 2015. 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 164 to 159,000, and reflect a similar range of property wealth.
Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate this year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.
Meeting in Houston, the trustees heard featured speaker Amy Lynch, CEO of Generational Edge. A nationally recognized expert on understanding generational differences, Lynch provided the group with insights into recognized communication strategies when dealing with the general public who represent multiple generations.
In addition, the participants visited Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s Clear Falls High School and Berry Center, Clear Creek ISD’s Stewart Elementary and Education Village, and La Porte ISD’s Bayshore Elementary. While in La Porte, the class enjoyed the district’s presentation of “The Wiz” featuring more than 250 LPISD students.
Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for El Paso, April 9-11; and Forth Worth, June 18-20. 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 700 graduates to date. The current class is sponsored in part by H•E•B.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5 million public school students.