KASP Winter "Retreat"

Post date: Jan 18, 2016 10:25:47 PM

As a KASP Board member, I have an inside look at how the KASP Executive Board makes decisions. I realize that the KASP Board is not a highly visible organization, so I thought I'd make a special post about this recent Board meeting in order to share with you a little about what the KASP Board does at our meetings. My next post will be a summary of the Board meeting minutes. However, this entry is only to tell you a little about the Winter "Retreat".

In case you didn't know, the KASP Board meets quarterly. In the winter of every year, the KASP Board has a special planning meeting (it's called a "retreat" for some reason.... but, I assure you it's not a vacation in Paris!) We take a look at the progress we've made during the past year, develop new goals for the coming year, and review the long-term plans KASP has established.

The retreat is spread over two days. This year, we started the meeting on a Friday night, and finished the meeting around 3:30 on Friday afternoon. Don't worry, we did get to sleep in between! Friday night is the first time that new Board members participate with the Board. We take part of Friday's meeting to thank our exiting Board members for their service. This year, our outgoing president Ashley had a goal of getting through all the old business on Friday night, which we did.

On Saturday morning, the new Board members officially begin their duties. Exiting Board members are invited to stay and participate. We use Saturday as a day to discuss KASP's progress on the Strategic Plan and address any new business on the agenda. This year, we had a special presentation by our outgoing University Trainer Representative, Jennifer. This year, we also spent some time speaking about another important issue - the KASP website. (The short version is that we're getting a new website host which will finally allow us to make some great improvements to our online presence.)

KASP Board meetings are open meetings, meaning anyone is welcome to attend. For more information about what KASP can do to support students in schools, please contact me or another KASP Board member.