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When and Where
  • 6/7/2019 8:30 AM MDT
  • 6/7/2019 5:00 PM MDT
  • MTSBA Headquarters
  • Helena
  • Montana

Information-packed day! Join MTSBA Board members and staff on Thursday, June 6, 6:00 pm for a Leadership Symposium Kick-off BBQ.


8:30 – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 – 10:1 am Successes of the 2019 Legislation Session – Lance Melton, MTSBA’s Executive Director, will provide an overview of bills passed by the Montana legislature that enhance learning opportunities and provide greater flexibilities and efficiencies in district operations with a clear focus on the interests of each child.     

10:15 – 10:30 am Mid-Morning Break

10:30 am - Noon All-Regions Megatrends Roundtable  – Steve Meloy, MTSBA’s Director of Governmental Relations and Emily Dean, MTSBA’s Communication Specialist, will facilitate a mega-trends discussion of the MTSBA Regions (i.e., the barriers/drivers to our success in personalizing learning for each child in Montana). 

Noon – 1:15 pm  Group Lunch Provided

1:15 – 2:15 pm    Breakout Session 1

Strategic Governance: Setting the Stage for Success – Debra Silk, MTSBA’s Associate Executive Director/General Counsel, will lead a discussion on how strategic governance can positively impact the culture and climate in any school district for students and staff. 

Policies that Promote Personalized Learning and a Positive School Culture – Kris Goss, MTSBA’s Director of Policy Services/Senior Counsel, will lead a discussion on the importance of aligning district policies with flexibilities and efficiencies that support personalized learning for each student and set clear expectations of the Board and staff.

2:15 – 2:30 pm    Mid-Afternoon Break

2:30 – 3:30 pm    Breakout Session 2

Transparency in District Operations – MTSBA’s legal staff (Tony Koenig and Andrew Vigeland) will discuss the legal aspects of Montana’s Open Meeting laws and the promotion of trust and transparency in district operations.

Bargaining for Success: Putting the Interests of Students First - Andy Sever, MTSBA’s Director of Labor Relations, will provide bargaining strategies that enhance individual student success and promote a positive school culture. 


Disclaimer: Montana School Boards Association (MTSBA) has designed these materials to provide helpful information regarding topics and best practices on issues concerning the administration and governance of Montana K-12 public schools. These materials are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. MTSBA does not intend nor should these materials be construed to constitute the rendering of any legal advice. Should the recipient of these materials desire legal advice on any of the topics or information contained herein, MTSBA recommends that the recipient make a specific request for legal advice.