New Mexico School Boards Association
Previous New Mexico School Board Conferences
Spring Region Meetings
The Region Meetings are being held across New Mexico in March and April. Links to the handouts are provided below.
"Safe Schools & Crisis Response" presented by Andrew Sanchez, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm (Region V - Tuesday, 3.19.13 in Ft. Sumner and Region IV - Monday, 4.8.13 in Magdalena)
"Maintaining Effective School Board Relations" presented by John F. Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm (Region II - Thursday, 3.21.13 in Espanola)
"School Security" presented by Eunice Police Chief Jimmy Jones (Region VI - Monday, 3.25.13 in Eunice) Handout on Synthetic Drugs
"Effective Decision Making for School Boards" presented by John F. Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm (Region VII - Tuesday, 3.26.13 in Animas)
"Teacher & Principal Evaluation" presented Matt Montano, Dir. of Ed. Quality, NM PED (Region I - Monday 4.1.13 in Central) (Region IV - Monday, 4.8.13 in Magdalena) and (Region VII - 4.23.13 in Hondo)
"Student Discipline and Search & Seizure Issues" presented by John F. Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm (Region III - Wednesday, 4.17.13 in WLV)
Board Institute was held February 22-23, 2013 at the Eldorado Hotel in Santa Fe, NM.
This conference focuses on legislative issues and provides an opportunity to visit the Roundhouse. Board Institute also incorporates newly appointed/elected board member training from the Public Education Department as well as training for the more experienced board member.
"Ethical Decision Making for School Boards" presented by John F. Kennedy of the Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
"Pre-K and Literacy Programs for Student Achievement" presented by Melinda Webster, Literacy Director, NM PED
"Safe Schools Plan & Crisis Response" presented by Andrew Sanchez & Evelyn Peyton of the Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
"School Finance 101" presented by Bill Moffatt of NM Assoc of School Business Officials
"Board and Business Manager Roles in School Finance" presented by Bill Moffatt of NM Assoc of School Business Officials
"Tenth Circuit Court Decision on Special Education" presented by Elena Gallegos & Evelyn Howard-Hand of the Walsh Anderson Law Firm
"Budget Bustin' Legal Issues" presented by Carol Helms & Elena Serna of the Walsh Anderson Law Firm
he Annual Convention was held November 30-December 1, 2012 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, NM.
This conference included the membership business meeting at Delegate Assembly as well as the Awards Recognition Luncheon. Here is the Agenda Overview and Saturday Breakout Grid, Breakout Descriptions and Hotel Floor Plan. The Annual Convention Delegate Assembly packet with associaiton business materials for members is available via pdfs here: Delegate Assembly Agenda/Procedures/Minutes, Nominations Committee Report, Resolutions Committee Report and Awards.
"School Reform: Legal Implications of the A-F Grading System" presented by John F. Kennedy of the Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
"Re-Engaging Student Dropouts" presented by Dr. Patricia Rael and Douglas Peterson of Smart Horizons
Fall Region Meetings
The region meetings were held across New Mexico in the eight regions. The topic was the "Transition to the Common Core Standards".
New Mexico, 45 other states, and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for public schooling, establishing new guidelines for both teachers and students. The New Mexico Common Core State Standards are a different approach to learning, teaching and testing that engenders a deeper understanding of critical concepts and the practical application of that knowledge. Developed over many years, tested, and proven to be effective, these updated standards prepare students to be more ready for college and competitive in both national and international job markets. New Mexico Common Core State Standards (NMCCSS) will be phased-in over three years and in full effect by 2015. Here are links to the Common Core website, a Booklist resource for K-8 teachers and Librarians and the NM PED Common Core website.
Leader's Retreat 2012
The Leader's Retreat was held Friday & Saturday, July 13-14, 2012 at the Sagebrush Inn & Conference Center in Taos.
Here is the Agenda with Breakout session descriptions.
Friday Session Handouts
"Strategic Planning" Powerpoint presented by Dr. Eugene Schmidt, Superintendent, Los Alamos Public School
Results of the Leadership Survey presented by Joe Guillen, NMSBA Executive Director
"Beware the Revolving Door for Superintendents" presented by Vicki Smith, Superintendent of Cuba Independent Schools, Former Cobre School Board Member
"Lead? Walk? Follow?" presented by Bill Page, Grady School Board President
"Public Comment in School Board Meetings" presented by Nasha Torrez, Walsh Anderson Law Firm
"Media Survival Skills" presented by Andrew J. Chavez, NMSBA President-Elect and Espanola School Board Member
"Contract Cryptogram - School Business Contracts" presented by Mary Jenke, Walsh Anderson Law Firm
"Basics of the Procurement Code" presented by John F. Kennedy and Ramon Vigil, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
Saturday Session Handouts
"Evaluating the Superintendent: solving problems before they arise" presented by Ramon Vigil and John F. Kennedy, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
"Pitfalls to Avoid in Board Member Electronic Communications" presented by Carol Helms, Walsh Anderson Law Firm
"Role of the School Board President in Legal Compliance, Media Relations and Crisis Management" presented by John F. Kennedy and Ramon Vigil, Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm
"The 360* Superintendent Evaluation" presented by James Conyers, Bloomfield School Board President
"Let's Change the Normal" presented by Bill Page, Grady School Board President
"School Board Confidentiality" presented by Nasha Torrez, Walsh Anderson Law Firm
School Law Conference 2012
The School Law Conference was held Friday & Saturday, June 8-9, 2012 at the Hotel Albuquerque in Albuquerque.
Here is the Agenda with Breakout session descriptions.
School Law Conference session handouts are available from the Cuddy & McCarthy Law Firm website here.