COSSBA Update for March

  • Date Posted
    March 21, 2024
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COSSBA Conference Recap
The Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) Annual Conference was held in February in Dallas. From Illinois, 138 people attended, including school board members, administrators, and IASB board members and staff. Presenters included Anisha Jogee, Board President of Arlington Heights SD 25, and Nick Polyak, Superintendent of Leyden CHSD 212, as well as IASB Assistant Director for Board Development Katie Bulava.

“It was wonderful to see such a great contingency from Illinois while also connecting and learning from board members and educational leaders from across the country,” said IASB Associate Executive Director Lori Grant. Illinois was also proudly represented, and it was inspirational to see student musicians, dancers, and performers from across the country infused into the event. They brought so much joy and energy to the room and were a great reminder of why we do this work. This conference was impressive! Well-organized and packed full of valuable content.”

UBA Webinars
The 2024 Urban Boards Alliance (UBA) Webinar Series begins April 17 with Strategies for Addressing Equity in Your District. Presenter Terry Oates. Ed.D. will address the importance of fostering equity among students within the district and share diverse strategies implemented within their district aimed at enhancing equity among students. The series includes:
  • Strategies for Addressing Equity in Your District
    April 17, 11 a.m.-Noon (CDT)
  • Social Economics and Its Impact on Students Academically
    August 21, 11 a.m.-Noon (CDT)
  • Meeting the Academic Needs of Your Homeless Students
    October 16, 11 a.m.-Noon (CDT)

The UBA Webinar Series offers school board members the opportunity to gain insights, foster innovation, and devise strategies applicable to your district. COSSBA’s Urban Boards Alliance program is focused on supporting boards of education as they work to address the unique challenges students from challenging environments face daily.

COSSBA Advocacy
COSSBA has added an additional priority, Mental Health Supports For K-12 Public Education, to its advocacy efforts. According to COSSBA, “As our nation’s schools navigate the post-pandemic landscape and focus on improving student outcomes it is imperative to recognize the profound impact and challenge posed by mental health issues on the well-being of students and staff. The current mental health challenges within the public school system demand urgent attention, adequate funding, and comprehensive action. Addressing these challenges is crucial to creating a supportive environment that is conducive to learning.”

The position paper for Mental Health Supports For K-12 Public Education and details on each of COSSBA’s Advocacy Priorities are available on the COSSBA website.

The 2024 COSSBA Federal Advocacy Conference will take place September 8-10, 2024, in Washington D.C.
COSSBA is a non-partisan, national alliance founded in 2022 and dedicated to sharing resources and information to support, promote, and strengthen state school boards associations. IASB is a founding member.