Fall Conference Nov. 9th
THE 2012 FALL CONFERENCE IS
READ ALL ABOUT IT!! These are the Fall Conference professional developments sessions that are being presented at the Maritime Institute. While there’s something for each of the eight areas of school business operations, I encourage everyone to attend a session outside of their specialty. School business officials can no longer restrict their knowledge base to Purchasing, School Finance, Transportation, etc. A broad knowledge of school operations is invaluable to your professional development and awareness of the impact of your work on other areas of your school system.
Below is a link to the Fall Conference Registration form that you can complete and send to your liaison if you’re a school system employee, or to George Colburn if you have any other membership.
See you on November 9th!!
TOP TEN REASONS WHY BUS DRIVERS AND ADMINSTRATORS GET INTO TROUBLE
Every day, transportation officials face challenges requiring responses designed to either resolve an issue or prevent it from becoming more complex until a permanent solution is found. Often the response requires immediate recall of federal and state laws and regulations, local policies and procedures, thinking on your feet, split second decisions, and knowing what to do when you don’t know what to do!! So, what are the Top Ten reasons that drivers and transportation administrators get into trouble? This session will reveal the answers to the questions based upon the results of a state-wide survey and present practical strategies to avoid making it into the Top Ten.
MANAGING CHANGE: BUILDING POSITIVE SUPPORT FOR CHANGE
School Business Leadership and Management
It’s often said that people don’t like change. But when it comes to organizational change, employees are genuinely interested in making things better – an improvement in processes, systems, functions or services most likely translate into direct improvements for the employee too. Learn how a company, globally recognized for its management training, values innovation and encourages change and the opportunity it brings.
LEADERSHIP AND SUPERVISION
School Business Leadership and Management
What are the components of Leadership? What constitutes Leadership? How do you recognize a leader? Acquiring leadership competencies occurs by plan and design, and can’t be acquired in a few training sessions. Its development is a life-long process that must be a continuous sequence of closely linked and systematically organized learning and experience building opportunities. Get started by learning what all good leaders already know.
ARCHITECTURE FOR DUMMIES: THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU EVEN INTERVIEW AN ARCHITECT
Chances are you don’t have a strong background in architecture. Yet, you may be responsible for one
of your school system’s and community’s largest programs – your school buildings! This session explores often misunderstood elements of school architecture, such as the secrets of calculating square foot cost and why it may not be the best comparison tool. Other important topics include change orders, contracts, sustainability, and knowing how to communicate with your architect and builder. Leave with the expert knowledge you’ll need to avoid common misconceptions, mistakes and sales pitches. Be sure to take notes- they will come in handy.
WHAT IS THE IMPACT OF SOCIAL MEDIA?
Social media touches every aspect of our lives. Visit our Facebook page, friend me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, and vote for your favorite by sending a text are frequent invitations presented to us as citizens of the digital age. This session will present benefits and challenges of social media with a focus on what school business officials and educators can look for to create best practices for the use of social media in education.
BIM IS IN YOUR FUTURE – YOU JUST MIGHT NOT KNOW IT YET
Through a brief introduction to Building Information Management (BIM), learn how it can make school building construction and maintenance easier, less costly, and a lot less frustrating. This session also will continue to build on past workshops and conference sessions and review the progress and goals of the ASBO BIM Committee as it develops recommended standards for the use of BIM by school systems.
NUTRITION AS AN INSTRUCTIONAL TOOL
School Food & Nutritional Services
You will learn valuable information about the collaboration and partnership in Anne Arundel County Public Schools involving Food and Nutrition Services and Health, Physical Education and Dance. Student success in the classroom is valued as much as teaching lifelong lessons to live healthy lifestyles. In Anne Arundel County, the key to healthy students and healthy schools is to cultivate communities of wellness. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and get answers.
RADIO BUS COMMUNICATION IS GOING DIGITAL
Two-way radio is going digital whether you’re ready for it or not. Digital not only provides crisp, clear communication, but also adds data capabilities to your two-way radio system - a system that you own and control, and for which you pay no endless monthly subscriber fees. These systems can provide caller-ID; GPS tracking of vehicles; data inputs that show when a stop-arm is raised, doors are opened, or amber lights come on. Student manifests also are under development using RFID tags or swipe cards. Learn more about these game changing and cost-effective technological enhancements.