Ciak was in SC to deliver the keynote address at the SCSBA’s annual conference on Hilton Head Island

Kevin Ciak, NSBA leaders visits BCSD schools
Posted on 02/15/2018
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Thursday, February 15, 2018

National School Boards Association leader
enjoys visits to three Beaufort County schools

BEAUFORT – The president of the National School Boards Association visited three Beaufort County schools today and came away impressed.

Kevin Ciak, the national organization’s 2017-18 president, is visiting Beaufort County for the South Carolina School Boards Association’s annual conference on Hilton Head Island, where he will deliver a keynote address.  He used Thursday to visit three nearby schools. 

“What I saw today was the definition of 21st Century learning,” Ciak said.  “I saw students working on all of the things that today’s employers want, everything from problem-solving and teamwork to leadership and soft skills.  Students were busy acquiring the knowledge and skills they’ll need if our country hopes to be competitive.”

At Red Cedar Elementary in Bluffton, Ciak watched third-graders build electric circuits in the school’s high-tech media center and visited with other third-graders as they worked on writing computer code.

At Hilton Head Island High, Ciak met with the school’s world champion robotics team and also enjoyed a “working lunch” with students who talked about their plans after graduation.

For his final stop of the day, Ciak visited the Chinese and Spanish dual-language programs at Hilton Head Island International Baccalaureate Elementary, which was one of South Carolina’s first IB-authorized schools.

Ciak was elected to the Sayreville, New Jersey school board at age 19 while he was still a student at Rutgers University.  Twenty-three years later, he’s still a member of the same school board.  In his professional life, he is a business executive at GE Power.

As president of NSBA, he leads an organization that advocates for more than 50 million public school students and 90,000 school board members across the nation.