FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference

FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference
Posted on 06/18/2021
FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference

Lee County School Board members Debbie Jordan (Chair), Betsy Vaughn (Vice-Chair), Melisa Giovannelli, Chris Patricca and Cathleen Morgan joined approximately 350 school board members, district superintendents, and other education leaders in Tampa June 9-11, 2021, to participate in the FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference.

The conference kicked off Wednesday morning with FSBA Executive Officers meeting and FSBA Committee meetings in the afternoon. Wednesday concluded with the FSBA Board of Directors' Meeting. Thursday morning began with networking breakfasts and an Opening General Session that included keynote speaker, Brandon Fleming, Assistant Debate Coach at Harvard University and Founder/CEO of the Harvard Diversity Project - an unprecedented pipeline program that the Harvard Debate Council adopted as its subsidiary. He spoke on “Critical Thinking for Critical Times.” The general session was followed by the FSBA General Membership Business Meeting. To round out day two, attendees were offered the option to attend breakout sessions covering topics such as response to the community during Covid-19, learning during COVID, elevating student voice, addressing mental health during and post COVID, great governance and the intersection between education and industry.

Friday’s agenda included speaker Dr. Helen Fagan, founder of Global Leadership Group, which provides consulting and leadership coaching, and a faculty member and program lead at University of Nebraska-Lincoln who spoke on “Becoming Inclusive - A Worthy Pursuit in Leadership.” The conference ended with a briefing on the 2021 Legislative Session including implications for policy changes.

“After the year we have had, it was wonderful to come together and collaborate with Board Members and Superintendents from other Districts,” said Debbie Jordan, Chair of the Lee County School Board. “School Boards directly affect student learning, and we were able to gain knowledge that will position us for success next school year.”

At the conference, Lee County School Board member Chris Patricca was sworn in as FSBA President. She will serve a one-year term for the 2021-2022 school year.

“Over the last 16 months, board members and superintendents have navigated through uncharted waters while simultaneously dealing with constantly changing conditions in our schools,” said FSBA President and Lee County School Board Member Chris Patricca. “Through these unprecedented times, we continued to provide high quality educational leadership to the school districts and the communities we serve. It was vital for school district leaders to convene in-person to share challenges and successes and receive professional development in best practices for public education leadership, which ultimately results in success for all students. As a result of coming together in-person, FSBA members have an even stronger commitment to high student achievement and a better understanding of how best to serve our communities as we emerge from this pandemic together.”

“Our FSBA members consistently say that the FSBA/FADSS Annual Summer Conference provides excellent content for professional growth and an opportunity for networking with colleagues and entities serving school districts,” says FSBA Executive Director Andrea Messina. “This year more than ever we were grateful to provide safe, welcoming, and engaging school board member leadership development.”

Recognition, Awards & Achievements

2021- 2022 FSBA Executive Officers:

  • President - Chris Patricca, Lee County School District
  • President-Elect – Thomas Kennedy, Citrus County School District
  • Vice President - Wendy Atkinson, Charlotte County School District
  • Treasurer – Tina Certain, Alachua County School District
  • Immediate Past President – Jane Goodwin, Sarasota County School District

2021 FSBA President’s Award:

  • Marcia Andrews, Palm Beach County School District
  • Joy Bowen, Leon County School District