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The VSBA/VSA Annual Conference, “Supporting Student Success through School District Governance” will be held on October 26-27, 2023 at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, VT. Day one of the conference will focus on answering the question, “why?”; as in, why good governance matters to successful student outcomes. The second day will focus on the question “how?”; as in, how are Vermont school boards doing with using a model of good governance and how can we do better. The two keynote presentations will provide a framework for discussions around these two questions. Workshop topics will align with the six main areas of essential board work: engage the community and create a vision, establish policy, board and superintendent partnership, effective and ethical operations, budget and financial oversight, monitor progress and performance.  The conference will offer board chairs and superintendents professional development hours toward their annual training requirements 16 V.S.A. § 561(b). So come ready to listen, learn, and contribute to shared improvement of school board governance in Vermont.   

Draft Agenda

Thursday, October 26, 2023 

  8:00   Registration & Breakfast   

  9:00   Welcome/Opening Remarks​

10:00   Sponsor Time

10:30   Break

10:45   Essential Work Pillars Workshops

  1. Establish Policy - Model Policy on Wellness & Comprehensive Health

  2. Board and Superintendent Partnership - Collaborative Onboarding of New Board Members

  3. Effective and Ethical Operations - Characteristics of Inclusive and Effective Board Meetings

  4. Budget and Financial Oversight - Creating and Passing a Budget that Meets Student Need in Light of Upcoming Fiscal Pressures

12:00   Lunch

12:45   Jennifer Berkshire Keynote

   2:15   Essential Work Pillars Workshops

  1. Establish Policy - Model Policy on Wellness & Comprehensive Health

  2. Board and Superintendent Partnership - Collaborative Onboarding of New Board Members

  3. Effective and Ethical Operations - Characteristics of Inclusive and Effective Board Meetings

  4. Budget and Financial Oversight - Creating and Passing a Budget that Meets Student Need in Light of Upcoming Fiscal Pressures

   3:30   Break

   4:00   VSA/VSBA Meeting Business Meetings

   6:00   Reception

   6:30   Banquet Dinner

Friday, October 27, 2023 

   8:00    VSBIT Meeting

   8:00    Breakfast

  8:15    VEHI Meeting

  9:00    Opening Remarks​

  9:30    Daryl Camp Keynote & Workshop

12:30    Lunch

  1:15    Equity Mini-Grant Showcase

  2:00    Important Initiatives in Vt Public Educ.

  3:15    Adjournment 

REGISTER HERE

  • Conference Registration $250/person (Group discounts available)

  • Thursday's Banquet Dinner - additional $75/person

Conference Sponsors

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Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Berkshire is the Bloch Lecturer in Education Journalism and a lecturer in Education Studies. She teaches PLSC 238 01 / EDST 238 01: the Politics of Public Education. Berkshire is a journalist and podcaster whose work explores the intersection of public education and politics. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Nation, the New Republic and many other publications. Berkshire is the author of two books: A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School (with Jack Schneider), and More Worlds to Negotiate: John Dunlop and the Art of Problem Solving. She is the creator of the education policy podcast, Have You Heard. Berkshire teaches in the journalism program at Boston College, where she instructs aspiring reporters in the art of storytelling. A licensed public-school teacher, Jennifer lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

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Professor Jennifer Berkshire
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Superintendent Daryl Camp

Dr. Daryl F. Camp began serving as the superintendent of the San Lorenzo Unified School District in 2019. Previously, he served for seven years as the superintendent of the Riverbank Unified School District. Prior to 2012, he served as the assistant superintendent of educational services for the Riverbank Unified School District. Under his leadership, student learning in Riverbank USD improved and opportunities for students have expanded.

Dr. Camp served on the CSBA’s Superintendents’ Advisory Council from 2013 to 2016. In 2015, he served as the president of Region 7 of the Association of California School Administrators. In 2008, he received the Valuing Diversity Award from ACSA and the following year his article Talking about Racism in Our Schools was published in ACSA’s Leadership magazine.
 

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Dr. Camp teaches the Setting Direction module in California School Boards Association (CSBA)’s Masters in Governance program. He is also a governance consultant with CSBA’s Governance Consulting Services, developing customized board development workshops for governance teams.He earned his bachelor’s degree at Morehouse College, his master’s degree at California State University, Hayward, and his doctorate degree in educational leadership at California State University, Sacramento. Camp graduated Magna Cum Laude from Morehouse College and was inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa scholar society.

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