School Board Conference – California 2023
PLEASE JOIN US for the
2023 California School Board Member Conference
Empowering Local Voices in Education
Wednesday, November 29, 2023
9:30 –5:00 PM
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
515 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Parents across the nation are stepping up to run for school board in their local districts to improve the state of our public education system and fight to put students first. The Pacific Research Institute created its School Board Member Training Program in November of 2022 to educate and empower school board members by providing them with the tools and resources they need to make meaningful change in their local school districts.
Our mission is to bring likeminded board members together from across the state to hear from esteemed panelists and build coalitions to improve the public education experience for California students. The second annual PRI California School Board Member Conference will explore influential decision making, the new ethnic studies curriculum graduation requirement, the decline in student proficiency in U.S. history and civics education, and how to battle your district’s superintendent, bureaucracy, and the teacher unions.
This event is free and includes breakfast, lunch, and reception. All attendees will receive one night hotel accommodations on the evening of Tuesday, November 28 courtesy of PRI
This event is for elected school board members only.
Be an Influential and Credible Decision Maker
More and more eyes are on elected school board members today than ever as parents and community members expect successful change in their child’s public school system. Whether you are a newly-elected board member or a school board veteran, this panel will walk you through the tools and resources you need to effectively make decisions and policy choices. You will hear from esteemed panelists on how to elevate your communication and persuasion skills, utilize research to best inform your policy decisions, build coalitions to achieve your goals, and watch and follow state legislative policies that affect your school district and your role as a school board member.
The Decline in Civics and U.S. History Student Proficiency
Released in May, the results of the National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) U.S. history and civics test revealed that just 13 percent of eighth-graders met proficiency standards for U.S. history, and about 20 percent of students scored at or above the proficient level in civics. Both scores represent all-time lows in these areas. This panel will discuss this severe decline and how school board members can assist their districts to change course and implement practices to reverse this downward trend.
Preparing for the New Ethnic Studies Graduation Requirement
California passed a law in 2021 requiring high schools to begin offering ethnic studies courses in the 2025-26 school year. The law makes this a requirement for high school graduation starting with the class of 2030. We will discuss how this requirement will be implemented by school districts, implementation challenges and the best solutions for board members.
How to Battle Your District’s Superintendent, Bureaucracy, and the Teacher Unions
Many California School Boards spend wasted time fighting unelected superintendents, district bureaucracy that slows down effective policy making and the ever-impeding teacher unions. This panel will walk you through what you as a school board member can do to create a healthy working environment free of bureaucracy and time-consuming battles so you can refocus your attention on your district’s students and community.
Former Member of Congress
Alliance for Constructive Ethnic Studies
San Mateo Union High School District Board of Trustees
Fountain Valley School District Board of Trustees
For Kids and Country
Author of Using Data to Improve Student Achievement
Orange County Classical Academy charter school
John Adams Academy charter school
Testimonials from Attendees of PRI’s
First Annual School Board Conference in San Diego 2022
“Wonderful event. Can’t wait to share my experience from this year with new board members joining the fight in years to come.”