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Friday, December 30, 2005

January 6-7 Education Symposium and School Board Candidate Training

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From: ElectedBoard@aol.com
Date: Dec 30, 2005 3:08 AM
Subject: January 6-7 Education Symposium and School Board Candidate Training
To: PG-Politics@yahoogroups.com
Dear CEB Friends:
SEVEN DAYS TO GO! Plans for the January 6-7 2006 Prince George's County Education Symposium and School Board Candidate Training at the University of Maryland are going well and more registrations are coming in.

IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED, PLEASE DO SO NOW by responding to this message or calling Jan Hagey at 240-460-5748. Fees of $85 (Symposium) or $160 (Symposium and Advanced Candidate Training) will be collected at the door. Registgration includes refreshments, applicable lunches, parking, and a reception Friday evening. Please include a contact number, just in case the weather does us in.

WE ALSO NEED A FEW FOLUNTEERS to assist the caterer on Friday and Saturday. We will be serving a contintental breakfast, lunch buffet or boxed lunches on Friday. We also need assistance with setting up the Reception. On Saturday, we will need volunteers to set up the continental breakfast and lunch.

We need volunteers to assist with registration and welcoming participants, the press and local/state officials on both days.

We'll also need someone to check the hotline (301/464-5168) to answer calls and give directions, etc. on Friday and Saturday.

Please ask friends and family members to help. How about college students who may be still on vacation? A small stipend and parking coupons are being set aside for assistants. Contact Janis Hagey with names and contact information.


In case of inclement weather, please refer everyone to 301/464-5168 for information. We will keep the message updated.

Current message to the press and potential participants:
In anticipation of the return to an elected board in Prince George's County, Citizens for an Elected Board (CEB), a broad coalition of educational, civic, business, labor, and political organizations, wants to assure that county residents, including future school board candidates, be well-informed about current local, state and federal education issues.

That's why CEB has teamed up with Dr. Ronald Walters, professor, researcher and leader at the James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership at the Univeristy of Maryland, to sponsor the 2006 Price George's County Public Education Symposium and School Board Candidate Training, January 6-7, 2006, at the University of Maryland-College Park Campus, Nyumburu Center.

Presenting everything you ever wanted to know about public school governance--particularly in Prince George's County-the Symposium should be attended by all educational stakeholders, including teachers, principals and other administrators and educational support personnel; community activists; and parents and other county residents concerned about our public schools. Business leaders, as well as municipal and other government officials, also should attend. It is especially valuable for declared and potential school board candidates, who are invited to attend an additional half-day of Advanced Candidate Training immediately after the Symposium.

A substantive agenda has been planned, including seminars on such topics as "Implications of State and Federal Laws for Local Education Policy Decision-making," "School Funding Fundamentals," "Duties of School Board Members," "School Board as an Employer." Participants in advanced candidate training will be invited to take part in simulations and advanced sessions on such topics as budget development and student achievement gaps. Dr. Beatrice Tignor, President of the Prince George's County School Board, County Council Chairman Tom Dernoga, Joel Packer, nationally recognized expert on No Child Left Behind, Daria Hall, Senior Policy Analyst at The Education Trust, and Gus Steinhilber, General Counsel for the National School Boards Association for thirty years, now retired, have already confirmed as speakers. Other national, state and local presenters have also been invited.

Education stakeholders who have a serious interest in gaining valuable information about key policy issues, building practical skills and cultivating connections with key officials and policy experts should attend.
AGENDA In Brief (Speakers still being added, some changes anticipated):

Sessions at the Education Symposium and School Board Candidate Training start at 9:00 a.m. each day. Registration and continental breakfast start at 8:15 a.m.

Friday a.m.'s schedule includes presentations by Carl Smith, Executive Director of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education, and a session on changing demographics, the NAACP desegregation lawsuit and the advent of TRIM we're calling "The Prince George's County Public Schools' Story." In addition, Friday includes sessions entitled "Duties of the School Board Member" (presentations by former school board members) and "School Board as an Employer" (guided conversation with employee union representatives and a school system spokesman). There will also be two concurrent sessions entitled - "How Does the Board Engage Parents and the Community" and "Making Decisions about School Capacity and School Boundaries." A special session was just added on School Board Ethics. The new General Counsel for the school system will make that presentation.

Saturday's plenary sessions include: "State and Federal Laws-Impact of Local Education Policy Decision-Making" (includes a discussion about the No Child Left Behind Act and state testing requirements); "Working Together for Quality Schools - Local Board, County Council, State Roles." Speakers include Dr. Beatrice Tignor, current Board President, Tom Dernoga, President, Prince George's County Council and Gus Steinhilber, General Counsel for the National School Boards Association (retired after 30 years). These panels will be followed by concurrent sessions on school finance the capital improvement plan and budget. Presenters include Mark Collins, Legislative Services, Maryland General Assembly, Ralph Grutzmacher, veteran County Council staff. We have also invited the Director of the Office of Management and Budget for Prince George's County..

Advanced training will start at lunch on Saturday and continue through that afternoon.

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