Agenda of Iowa ASCD Board Meeting

February 10, 2016

10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Embassy Suites, Des Moines, IA


Location:  Embassy Suites, 101 East Locust Street, Des Moines, IA  50309

  • Continental breakfast and lunch will be served.
  • Parking is across the street from the hotel.  $8 per day; be sure to include on your mileage form for payment. 
  • If staying over for the Advocacy Workshop and want to join Susan and Lou for dinner, please let Lou know and she will make reservations.
  • Directions: 
    • From I-35N or I-80E - Take I-235E to Penn Ave. exit, take a right off the exit ramp going South. When you reach Locust St. take a right and continue approx. 6 blocks, Embassy Suites is on the left hand side of the road.
    • From I-35S or I-80W - Take I-235W to Penn Ave. exit, take a left off the exit ramp going South. When you reach Locust St. take a right and continue approx. 6 blocks, Embassy Suites is on the left hand side of the road.

Dress:  To work! To learn! To make decisions about our future!

RSVP:  Regrets only to Lou Howell at or 515.229.4781.

Preparation for Meeting: 

  • Share updates to Lou by February 8.
  • Review documents prior to the meeting.
  • Think about where we want Iowa ASCD to be in three years – and what it will take to get there!

Intended Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Updates by directors and input/decisions by the board
  • Healthy discussion about the future of Iowa ASCD, including possible professional learning for all
  • Commitment to vision and mission
  • Completed Strategic Plan for 2016-2019
  • Laughs!  Fun!

Focus on Our Group Norms:  Listen for Understanding, Speak to Be Truthfully Understood, Confront the Tough Challenges, Come Prepared, Have Fun, Start on Time and End on Time, Value Diversity, Honor Confidentiality

Directors:  Diane Campbell, Jason Ellingson, Katy Evenson, Lou Howell, Rita Martens, Becky Martin, Ottie Maxey, Leslie Moore, Sara Oswald, Susan Pecinovsky, Randy Peters, Elaine Smith-Bright, Kym Stein, Veta Thode, Kevin Vidergar, Jeff Watson, Chris Welch, Jan Westerman-Beatty, Amy Wichman, Amy Whittington, Sue Wood, Pam Zeigler

  • Joining Virtually by Zoom:  Jan Beatty
  • Not Attending:  Randy Peters (Site Visit), Elaine Smith-Bright (Out of Country), Kym Stein, Amy Wichman, Jeff Watson, Sue Wood (teaching)


Also available on website:

I.    Welcome (Becky Martin)  10:00 A.M.

II.    Business Approvals (Becky Martin)

  • Minutes (Leslie Moore)
  • Treasury (Jeff Watson)
  • Directors should provide any updates they believe relevant to the organization and this meeting focused on our future.  The following have made special requests for discussion/action
    • Your Role in Lou’s Candidacy for ASCD Board of Directors
    • Strategic Action 1:
      • Update on Curriculum Leadership Academy, including workers for 2016 and speakers for 2017 (Pam Zeigler and Sue Wood)
      • Update on Summer Institute (Becky Martin and Kym Stein)
      • Others (e.g., partnership, higher ed, Fall Institute, Fall Academy) for information only, discussion, action (Send updates to Lou by February 8
      • Higher Education Update - Jan Beatty and Randy Peters - Information Only
    • Strategic Action 2:  Membership
    • Strategic Action 3:  Advocacy
      • Update on Advocacy Workshop

      III.  Revisiting of the Vision and Mission Statements  (Becky Martin)

      IV.  Discussion on Professional Learning – “Old and New Possibilities” for Us and Our Members  (Lou Howell)

  • Continuance of conferences – which ones, when, focus
  • New conference concepts, including proposals of Diane Campbell and Becky Martin for learning opportunities aligned with Iowa Core
  • New avenues of delivery
    • Hub and spokes
    • Design studios
    • Unconference
    • Podcasts
    • Webinars
    • Workshops
    • Focused Twitter chats
    • Others
      • Tools for support
      • myTeach Resource
      • School Improvement Tool
      • 24/7 books (present and more)
      • Calendar of events
      • Others
        • And where from here?  For our board?  For our members?

        V. Refinement of Strategic Plan 2016 -2019 based on Strategic Plan of 2013-2016 (Becky Martin)

VI.  Evaluation of Executive Director (Kevin Vidergar and President’s Council)

VII.  Adjournment (Becky Martin)

          Next Meeting:  April 21, 4:00 – 8:30 P.M. at the Iowa Events Center


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