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July 26, 2017

MISD Trustees Wilson, Warwick Attend SLI Sessions


MISD School Board President, Mrs. Helen Warwick, at the TASB SLI Session in Fort Worth earlier this summer.

MISD School Board President, Mrs. Helen Warwick, at the TASB SLI Session in Fort Worth earlier this summer.

MARSHALL – Marshall ISD Board of Trustees members Mrs. Charles Wilson and Helen Warwick attended two separate Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Summer Leadership Institute sessions earlier this summer.

Mrs. Wilson attended the SLI session in San Antonio on June 16-18, while Mrs. Warwick attended the SLI session in Fort Worth on June 30-July 2.

The two sessions were attended by approximately 3,000 new and veteran education leaders focused on critical issues facing local district and discussed best practices for effective board governance and cost-efficient programs.

Steve Uzzell, an award-winning photographer, was Thursday’s keynote speaker. He has given a live presentation that became his book Open Roads Open Minds: An Exploration of Creative Problem Solving. Through his photographs, he took a motivating look at how we should approach every problem as an opportunity and every challenge as a chance to learn about ourselves and others.

MISD Trustee Mrs. Charles Wilson, with fellow TASB members from left: Ted Beard (Longview ISD); Jim Crow (TASB Executive Director); and Carlos Nieto (past TASB President, Presidio ISD).

MISD Trustee Mrs. Charles Wilson, with fellow TASB members from left: Ted Beard (Longview ISD); Jim Crow (TASB Executive Director); and Carlos Nieto (past TASB President, Presidio ISD).

Laredo native Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch faced poverty, illiteracy, and discrimination. At Friday’s general session, she shared how she overcame challenges to establish a pioneering and distinguished career in the military. During her service, she became the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the Combat Support Field of the US Army.

Saturday’s general session featured Kai Kight, an innovative speaker and violinist. In his presentation, Kight performed mesmerizing original music and shared stories from his own transformation as an artist. He translated these insights into takeaways that audiences can easily infuse into their own lives and work environments.

MISD Board President Helen Warwick (second from right, in blue), with fellow TASB members from left: Pedro Rodriguez (Taft ISD), Shelley Wells (KIlleen ISD) and Paul Bingham (Spurger ISD).

MISD Board President Helen Warwick (second from right, in blue), with fellow TASB members from left: Pedro Rodriguez (Taft ISD), Shelley Wells (KIlleen ISD) and Paul Bingham (Spurger ISD).

Among issues examined during the Institute were effective advocacy, competitive forces facing public education, community partnerships for student success, school safety, and gender and generational diversity. Each year, the Institute gives new board members important information following May elections, offers needed training for newly elected board officers, and provides experienced trustees with information on innovative practices and emerging trends.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. Texas school board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

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