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Joe Smith - TexasISD.com
Texas Legislative Update
Kelly Karczewski - Schwartz & Eichelbaum, P.C.
Avoiding Personal Liability
Yvonne Greenwood, Education Coordinator - Law-Focused Education,
Teacher Resources for Law-Focused Education
Glenda Herrington - SFASU Director of Human Resources
Jim Walsh - Walsh, Anderson, Brown, Schulze & Aldridge, P.C.
First Amendment Free Speech
Mike Moses serves as Chief Executive Officer of Westmark Systems. Westmark Systems is a company developing education programs for teachers and administrators. The company is highly focused on improvement of teacher training and reform of high schools throughout the country. Dr. Moses assumed this role in October 2004, after serving in Texas public education for some 30 years.
Dr. Moses began his career as a teacher and administrator in the Duncanville and Garland school districts. He then served as superintendent for Tatum, La Marque and Lubbock school districts.
From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Moses served as Texas Commissioner of Education, appointed twice by then Governor George W. Bush and confirmed by the Texas Senate. In 1999, he joined the Texas Tech University System as deputy chancellor. His responsibilities included governmental relations, development and institutional advancement, linkages between public education and the Texas Tech University system, news and publications and the Chancellor’s Council.
In October 2000, Dr. Moses was appointed general superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. He served in that capacity for almost four years.
As DISD superintendent, Dr. Moses spearheaded the successful January 2002, school bond election. One of the largest in the nation, the $1.37 billion capital improvement program included renovations of existing schools and the construction of 20 new schools.
While serving the Dallas district, Dr. Moses also oversaw the conclusion of a 33-year-old desegregation lawsuit and directed district initiatives that led to significant gains and improvements in student achievement.
A native of Nacogdoches, Texas, Dr. Moses earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University. He received his doctorate from Texas A&M University at Commerce and attended the Superintendents’ Work Conference at Columbia University in New York.
He is the author and co-author of a number of articles on student performance, accountability and teacher preparation and has given more than 600 speeches to education, business, civic and community groups. He has appeared before legislative committees on more than 30 occasions and was invited to address the United States Congress freshman class concerning issues in public education.
Among awards Dr. Moses has received are the Texas Business and Education Coalition’s Distinguished Service Award and Texas A&M University’s Golden Deeds Award in Education. He has also been named Distinguished Alumnus at both Texas A&M University at Commerce and at Stephen F. Austin State University.
His wife, Debi, is a former public school teacher, and the couple has two sons.
Contact: American College of Education
Tom Hutton is a Staff Attorney for the National School Boards Association. His work for NSBA includes amicus curiae advocacy on cases affecting public schools, as well as development of preventive legal strategies, publications, presentations, and other communications to assist state school board associations, NSBA affiliated school boards, and the over 3,000 members of NSBA’s Council of School Attorneys. He is editor of NSBA’s weekly Legal Clips e-newsletter, and co-editor of Leadership Insider, the school law and policy newsletter for NSBA National Affiliate school districts.
Prior to joining NSBA, Mr. Hutton practiced housing and community development and non-profit law in the Washington, D.C. offices of Powell Goldstein LLP. He earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, during which time he worked on school reform issues for the Center for Law and Education, an advocacy organization, and was a summer associate at the school law firm of Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon in Portland, Maine. Before attending law school, Mr. Hutton worked in state government in Hawai‘i. He is a co-founder and former chair of the board of trustees of Thurgood Marshall Academy, a charter high school in the District of Columbia that has a thematic focus on law and democracy.
Glenda Herrington has served as the Director of Human Resources for Stephen F. Austin State University since 1996,where she is responsible for employee relations, benefits, compensation, training, employment, and immigration. She has over 25 years of professional and management experience in human resources. She has a Bachelor's degree from the University of Houston and has a CCP certification. She is a member of the Texas Association of Mediators and provides mediations for faculty, staff, and students at SFA.