Iowa ASCD Board Agenda - July 29, 2016

 Agenda of Iowa ASCD Board Summer Retreat

July 29, 2016

9:00 A.M. – 3:45 P.M. with Networking/Breakfast at 8:30 A.M.

Iowa Association of Community College Trustees

855 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Directions and Parking:  Free parking available at site.  From Interstate I 235, take Exit 8b for East 6th Street toward Penn Avenue.   Turn right onto East 6th and then turn left onto Court Avenue.  The last intersection is East 7th Street; if you reach Finkbine Drive, you have gone too far.

RSVP:  Regrets only by July 18 to Lou Howell at or 515.229.4781.

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

Meals:  Continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 A.M. and lunch about 12:15 P.M.

Preparation for Meeting:

  • Share updates with Lou by July 18.
    • Be sure to indicate if for information only (will not be addressed at the meeting but read by all board members in advance of the meeting), for discussion and input (be sure to indict type of input you would like in the "recommendation" area), or discussion for action (be sure to indicate what action you would like taken in the "recommendation" area).
  • Review documents prior to the meeting.
    • This is very important as our time is limited.  Items marked "for information only" will not be discussed at the meting; be prepared to provide input for those marked "discussion for input"; as well, be prepared to discuss those that will require action.
  • Be ready to stretch our thinking and action. 
    • Bring your computer/tablet/smart phone!
    • Be sure you have a Google account!

Intended Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Updates by Iowa Department of Education Director Wise, Iowa ASCD directors and input/decisions by the Iowa ASCD Board of Directors
  • Healthy discussion about the future of Iowa ASCD
  • Professional learning focused on board's priorities of technology and Problems of Practice
  • Laughs!  Fun!

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

Directors:  Diane Campbell, Katy Evenson, Lou Howell, Rita Martens, Becky Martin, Leslie Moore, Sara Oswald, Susan Pecinovsky, Randy Peters, Jo Prusha, Erik Smith, Elaine Smith-Bright, Kym Stein, Veta Thode, Jeff Watson, Chris Welch, Jan Westerman-Beatty, Amy Wichman, Amy Whittington, Pam Zeigler

Directors Not Attending:  Rita Martens (vacationing in Yellowstone), Erik Smith – tentative (closing on his new home), Elaine Smith-Bright (traveling), Diane Campbell (RAGBRAI), Amy Wichman (closing on two homes), Jan Beatty (traveling)

Directors Attending via Zoom:  Amy Whittington, Katy Evenson  (


Agenda of Summer Retreat - Iowa ASCD Board of Directors

July 29, 2016     9:00 A.M. – 3:45 P.M. with Networking/Breakfast at 8:30 A.M.

Iowa Association of Community College Trustees:  855 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309

Also available on Iowa ASCD website:

Continental breakfast and networking will be available at 8:30 A.M.

Conflict of Interest:  A printed form will be shared at the meeting.  Those not in attendance must also sign and mail to Lou Howell at 2555 Pine Circle, Urbandale, IA 50322 or by email to

I.    Welcome  (9:00 A.M.)

  • Passing of the Gavel and Presentation of the ASCD Award (Becky Martin)
  • Welcome the New – Erik Smith  and Jo Prusha (Pam Zeigler)
  • Vroom!  Vroom!  (Pam Zeigler) 
  • Review of Norms and Agenda (Pam Zeigler)

II.    Iowa Department of Education Update (Dr. Ryan Wise) (9:30 A.M.)

  • Dr. Wise will update the team on ESSA, TLC, and other priorities of the Iowa Department of Education.  He will also share with us how he sees Iowa ASCD and the Iowa Department of Education might collaborate to increase and/or align support for educators in Iowa.

III.    Business Approvals (Pam Zeigler) (10:15 A.M.)

IV.  Strategic Actions with Working Lunch/Website Scavenger Hunt if Time Permits (10:45 A.M.)

  • Strategic Action 3:  Advocacy (Susan Pecinovsky and Elaine Smith-Bright - For Information Only:  Please read in advance of meeting as there will be no discussion unless a board member requests additional information.

V.   Professional Learning for the Board of Directors   (Kay Schmalen) (1:30 – 3:30 P.M.)

  • Twitter
  • Google App

VI.   Adjournment (Pam Zeigler) (3:30 - 3:45 P.M.)

  • Vroom!  Vroom!  One takeaway today that will get us closer to your “vehicle of choice”!

Next Meeting:  September 27 (4:00 – 8:30 P.M.) face to face at Ramada Inn in Des Moines or virtually via Zoom.

Note Change in February/Winter Meeting:  It will be Thursday, February 9 (8:30 A.M. – 2:30 P.M.) instead of on February 7.

Expense Form

Action Update Form

 Images and Items referenced. 

Personalized learning Web from Iowa ASCD Twitter.

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This page was updated on July 28, 2016.