A member of the Bullard Independent School District Board of Trustees recently took part in a statewide program with the aim of bettering public education across Texas.
Jon Jacobs, elected to the Place 6 chair of the Bullard ISD school board in May 2016, joined 30 other school board members from across Texas at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB Class of 2018, held Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 5-7, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.
Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the Leadership TASB group consists of a 34-member committee of school board trustees selected across the state of Texas for Leadership TASB out of the over 1,000 school districts in the state’s 20 regions, participating in a yearlong education leadership study program.
According to a press release from TASB, the school trustees selected for Leadership TASB represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 184 to 83,270, and also reflect a similar range of property wealth.
Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB Convention in Dallas, the Leadership TASB trustees heard from featured speaker Peter DeLisle, a recognized authority on leadership training, focusing on characteristics of effective leadership and team building.
The second featured speaker at the convention was Debra Fine, a nationally known motivational speaker and author of The Fine Art of Small Talk. Board members also received training at convention sessions and attended the TASB Delegate Assembly, the Association’s annual business meeting.
Other Leadership TASB sessions are scheduled for November 16-18 in Odessa; March 1-3, 2018 in Galveston; April 19-21, 2018, in El Paso; and June 28-30, 2018 in Fort Worth.
Each TASB Leadership session has a unique theme that builds on the previous session and features nationally recognized experts in the fields of leadership development and education. Teams also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments between meetings.
According to the program’s website, Leadership TASB inspires school board trustees to be proactive, visionary leaders who promote educational excellence for all children in Texas public schools. The program’s goals include challenging, developing, and supporting emerging leaders; serving as a catalyst for mentoring and networking among school board trustees; providing all school board trustees with a peer-level resource for information and assistance; increase personal involvement in state and local activities that contribute to the growth and enhancement of school board trusteeship; and heightening knowledge of and influence policy on state and national issues.
Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 800 graduates to date. Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.
Leadership TASB program participants gain connections and learn skills helping them to perform activities after their graduation from the program, such as serving as a mentor for new trustees; building community coalitions with citizens, community groups, and local businesses to support public education; speaking to citizens and community groups about education issues, sharing knowledge of innovative programs around the state with educators in their districts and community; writing editorials about education for local newspapers and submitting articles about effective practices to Texas Lone Star Magazine; testifying before the Texas Legislature and State Board of Education; assisting with or leading training sessions for board candidates and trustees; assuming leadership roles in area school board associations; serving on TASB advisory committees and developing new products and services for school boards and leadership teams; serving as an advisor for state-wide education initiatives; and continuing to communicate with fellow graduates to share ideas and solutions to public education’s challenges.
Jacobs is a mortgage broker with Eagle Home Loans in Tyler. He has two daughters; Heather and Hayley; and two sons that attend Bullard High School, Parker, and Chase; as well as two granddaughters: Katelyn and Kinzey. He has been a resident of Bullard for approximately five years and a resident of the Tyler-Bullard- Flint area for almost 40 years.
“Bullard ISD is honored to have Mr. Jon Jacobs serve as part of the leadership program for TASB,” said Todd Schneider, Bullard ISD Superintendent. “His commitment to this community and our school district demonstrates his passion for the future of public education. The TASB Leadership Program is instrumental in shaping the future of public schools through informed leadership.”
For more information about Leadership TASB, visit www.tasb.org/Services/Leadership-Team-Services/Training/Leadership-TASB.aspx.