Ann Tears' appointment was announced by Bob Alvey, TSBA 2012 president.
School board members from across the stated gathered in Nashville Nov.12-15 for the 73rd Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Annual Convention to share best practices, discuss changes in public education, and explore ways to improve Tennessee public schools. The Convention, focused on the theme "Expect More, Achieve More," featured a Leadership Conference, Legal Workshop, Power Through Policy Workshop, and more than 20 clinic sessions designed to provide the latest data and information to those who oversee Tennessee's public education system.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam addressed the Convention during its Nov. 13 Opening General Session to discuss the future of public education in Tennessee. Haslam was followed on stage by David Zach, one of the few professionally trained futurists. The Opening General Session was also a time to recognize the Overall Award for Excellence in Education Program, School of the Year, Student Video, Student Recognition and School Volunteer Recognition Award winners.
Following the Opening General Session, TSBA kicked-off the Tennessee Healthier Schools Challenge with the help of the State Department of Education's Office of Coordinated School Health. Convention attendees also had the opportunity to gain valuable data and insight on school health from the Second General Session speaker, Dr. Howell Wechsler, Director of Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Throughout the afternoon board members exchanged ideas and found out the latest educational trends by choosing to attend a variety of informational clinics were hosted by an array of educational experts.
The TSBA 2011 Annual Convention attendees also had the opportunity to visit over 60 exhibit booths, register for a Twitter account through the TSBA R_U_Social booth and much more.
Barbara Dooley, educator, wife of Vince Dooley and promotional speaker, concluded the weekend by saying, "We must expect more, in order to achieve more!"