Academy of Board Development

The ASBA’s Academy of Board Development program is designed to equip board members with the knowledge and techniques necessary to support gains in student achievement, develop policies and practices, engage the community as an advocate for public-school education, and provide responsible district governance in support of your role on the district’s leadership team.

ASBA provides you opportunities to attend workshops, conferences, webinars, in addition to immersing yourself in eLearning options and on-site district-based training.

Professional development opportunities support the following objectives:

  • To provide opportunities to gain knowledge and to practice new behaviors needed for better boardsmanship.
  • To recognize the commitment board members make toward their individual and collective need for professional development.
  • To ensure ASBA develops highly effective board members by offering a well-rounded variety of topic areas.

Participants in the Board Academy program will receive a certificate, plaque or pin upon completion of each level within the program. Awards will be determined annually based upon credits earned prior to July 1 each year.

Download the Academy of Board Development Brochure .

The Core Curriculum

I. Board Member Orientation

  • Basic boardsmanship
  • Ethics
  • Legal roles and responsibilities
  • Effective board meetings
  • Dealing with media and special interest groups
  • Marketing your schools

II. Board Operations

  • Board meetings/decision-making process
  • Board member relationship
  • Board officer performance

III. Planning and Goal Development

  • Board/district goal skills
  • Strategic planning
  • Tactical planning

IV. Board’s Role in Curriculum and Instruction

  • Planning
  • Auditing
  • Compliance
  • Accreditation
  • Accountability: student achievement

V. Fiscal Management and Resource Allocation

  • Budget
  • School facilities

VI. Communications and Interpersonal Relations Skills

  • Board/community relationships
  • Legislator and governmental relationships
  • Employee relationships
  • Special interests
  • Media relations
  • Community agency relationships
VII. Board and Superintendent Relations

  • Administrative staff relations
  • Selection, evaluation, and dismissal
  • Communications
  • Contracts

VIII. Board Policy, School Law, Ethics

  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Oversight

IX. Personal Skills and Effective Leadership

  • Listening skills
  • Decision making
  • Influencing others
  • Personal qualities
  • Effective meetings
  • Conflict resolution
  • Team building
  • Group dynamics

X. Current Issues and Specific Board Development

Professional Development Tracking

Tracking is based on one hour of (classroom) instruction. Credit may range from one to several hours per developmental opportunity.

Hourly credit can be earned for the following activities:

  • Attending ASBA workshops, conferences, webinars, podcasts and eLearning modules
  • Participating in ASBA facilitated board trainings
  • Attending workshops and webinars hosted by ASBA & ASBA-recognized groups, such as ASA, NSBA, AASA, AASBO, ABEC, CUBE, and ADE

Participation and credits for the Board Academy awards are tracked and accounted for through request slips submitted at eligible events and by ASBA attendance records.

Professional Development Credit Form

Details on requesting credit for sessions at conferences

Requesting Non-ASBA Conference Professional Development Hours

Typical activities and professional developmental areas might include:

  • ASBA Conferences such as the Summer Leadership Institute, Law Conference, Legislative Conference, and Annual Conference
  • Annual County Workshops
  • Regional Courses
  • ASBA provided eLearning courses
  • Individual on-site Board Training
  • Board Self-Evaluation In-service Activity
  • ASBA training webinars and podcasts
  • Specific NSBA Workshops (approved by ASBA)

Recognition for Training

Participation in the Academy of Board Development demonstrates commitment by individual board members to develop knowledge and skills related to school district governance. ASBA annually honors that commitment through the following recognitions for training.

Certificate of Orientation

Requires: Completion of ASBA’s New Board Member Orientation Program (6 hours)
(Required as a prerequisite for all other awards)
Check out our NBMO eLearning modules which, when all are taken, can equate to completing the CofO requirement.

Certificate of Boardsmanship

Requires: 36 hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Associate of Boardsmanship

Requires: 60 hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Master of Boardsmanship

Requires: 84 hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Superior Training Accomplishments & Recognition (STAR) Awards

In honor of the diversity within our state, the STAR awards are presented close to your home at your local County Meeting which are held in the fall each year.

Awards are presented to members who continue in their quest for ongoing professional development:

  • Copper – 150 hours
  • Turquoise – 300 hours
  • Silver – 450 hours
  • Gold – 600 hours

Total Board Boardsmanship Award

Granted to a board when at least a quorum of members has attained the level of a Certificate of Boardsmanship, with the remainder having earned the Certificate of Orientation, granted as a result of completing New Board Member Orientation.