Learning Center

The Arizona School Boards Association provides a variety of training opportunities throughout the year. From regional workshops and statewide conferences to individual board trainings and online resources, ASBA helps prepare school boards and school board members to build knowledgeable, equipped and inspired governance teams.

Resources


Eight characteristics of effective school boards

More than 90,000 men and women are members of local school boards in the United States, all serving as important trustees of the nation’s public education systems.

What Every New Board Member Needs to Know

As a new board member there is so much information to learn. Work with your Superintendent and Board President to "fill in the blanks" on this document as a means to get acclimated to your district.

Engaging New Board Members

Use this handy document to determine the orientation plan for your new board member(s). Identify the roles of the Superintendent, Board President, and new board member to facilitate a smooth & effective transition onto the board.

Board Chair’s Authority

Check out these 10 skills any Board Chair needs to embody.

7 Practices of Highly Effective Board Members

Learn from seven pieces of advice for new school board members... and veteran board members.

The Board Chair’s Role

The chair of the school board can make a tremendous impact on district governance, but obstacles can stand in the way.

Promoting Public Education

Learn how school leaders can promote their schools and public education to the community and beyond.

The Role of the Board President

Includes questions to help you determine if you should run.

The Art of Superintendent Evaluations

Evaluating the superintendent can be one of the board's most difficult tasks. Learn the whys, whens and hows of using the process to move your school district forward.

Common Sense Procedures for Leading Effective Meetings

Get tips for planning and running effective and efficient school board meetings, plus review the simple rules of order.

Writing Great Minutes for the Board

Tips, legal requirements, recommendations and exemplary samples for board secretaries.

Board Retreats

Leadership teams can use retreats to set goals, build trust and develop a “unity of purpose.”

The Purpose of Well-Written Agendas for Focused Board Meetings

Understand the importance of school board meeting agendas and how to best use them for well-focused meetings.

Low Achieving Districts and Low Performing Boards

Low Achieving Districts and Low Performing Boards

Governing Teamwork vs Micromanagement

Micromanagement can happen for a number of reasons. Learn the symptoms and fix it.

Investing in Board Leadership

Board members need professional development as much as teachers and administrators do, but you can avoid political landmines by sharing what you have learned with your local community.

School Board Code of Conduct

ASBA’s recommends that individual board members agree to abide by a code of conduct.

Sample School Board Operating Protocol

Boards work most effectively and teamwork is enhanced when protocols are adopted and followed.

Taking Your Board from Good to Great Through Self-Evaluation

Learn why boards should self-evaluate, how they can do so constructively and how to write goals for board improvement.

Common Sense Procedures for Leading Effective Meetings

Get tips for planning and running effective and efficient school board meetings, plus review the simple rules of order.

Eight characteristics of effective school boards

More than 90,000 men and women are members of local school boards in the United States, all serving as important trustees of the nation’s public education systems.

Low Achieving Districts and Low Performing Boards

Low Achieving Districts and Low Performing Boards

What Every New Board Member Needs to Know

As a new board member there is so much information to learn. Work with your Superintendent and Board President to "fill in the blanks" on this document as a means to get acclimated to your district.

Engaging New Board Members

Use this handy document to determine the orientation plan for your new board member(s). Identify the roles of the Superintendent, Board President, and new board member to facilitate a smooth & effective transition onto the board.

Governing Teamwork vs Micromanagement

Micromanagement can happen for a number of reasons. Learn the symptoms and fix it.

Investing in Board Leadership

Board members need professional development as much as teachers and administrators do, but you can avoid political landmines by sharing what you have learned with your local community.

Board Chair’s Authority

Check out these 10 skills any Board Chair needs to embody.

7 Practices of Highly Effective Board Members

Learn from seven pieces of advice for new school board members... and veteran board members.

The Board Chair’s Role

The chair of the school board can make a tremendous impact on district governance, but obstacles can stand in the way.

Promoting Public Education

Learn how school leaders can promote their schools and public education to the community and beyond.

Writing Great Minutes for the Board

Tips, legal requirements, recommendations and exemplary samples for board secretaries.

School Board Code of Conduct

ASBA’s recommends that individual board members agree to abide by a code of conduct.

Sample School Board Operating Protocol

Boards work most effectively and teamwork is enhanced when protocols are adopted and followed.

The Role of the Board President

Includes questions to help you determine if you should run.

Board Retreats

Leadership teams can use retreats to set goals, build trust and develop a “unity of purpose.”

The Purpose of Well-Written Agendas for Focused Board Meetings

Understand the importance of school board meeting agendas and how to best use them for well-focused meetings.

The Art of Superintendent Evaluations

Evaluating the superintendent can be one of the board's most difficult tasks. Learn the whys, whens and hows of using the process to move your school district forward.

Taking Your Board from Good to Great Through Self-Evaluation

Learn why boards should self-evaluate, how they can do so constructively and how to write goals for board improvement.