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Board of Education Trustee Participates in Leadership Program

Marilyn Tolbert portrait

EMS ISD School Board member Dr. Marilyn Tolbert joined 26 other school board members from across Texas October 1-3 at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB class of 2021. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), the group is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. These trustees represent school districts of all sizes, with student populations of 1,200 to 110,000.

Participants who complete all required elements of the study will graduate next year by earning Master Trustee status. This is the highest designation recognized by TASB.

Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB Convention, the trustees met virtually and heard featured speaker 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 throughout the school year. Each session will have 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. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 900 graduates to date.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.4 million public school students.