Master’s student participates in school board research and leadership team

FrenchCorinne French, a master's student in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration, joined 35 other school board members from across Texas last September at the kickoff session of the Leadership TASB class of 2015. Selected by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB), French is participating in a yearlong education leadership study program. She currently serves as a school board member for Valley View ISD in Cooke County, Texas.

Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators/TASB convention in Dallas, the trustees heard featured speakers Peter DeLisle, Ph.D. and Debra Fine. 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 April and June, 2015. Between meetings, trustees also work throughout the year on extended learning assignments. Created in 1993, Leadership TASB has more than 700 graduates to date.

"It is because of the amazing professors and great education that I am receiving that I feel confident to expand my scope of influence and continue to grow as an elected official and graduate student," said French.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.

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