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ASBA provides individualized training and professional development opportunities throughout the year that enhance the work of Arizona governing boards and encourage continued learning and improvement. Trainings are offered when and where you need them.
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Utilizing the 4-part data-driven framework from the Center for Public Education, allow ASBA to facilitate your next Work Study Session and the Board and District Leadership begins assessing the current situation in an effort to improve student outcomes.
Every high-achieving school board is intently focused on functioning in ways that improve student achievement. Research shows a link between strong school board governance and improved student achievement. The more effective the board, the better a school district’s students perform. School boards hold this responsibility in their hands with their every decision and every action. Within the Key Work framework, five Key Work action areas are examined in detail: Vision, Accountability, Policy, Community Leadership, and Relationships.
Today’s leadership style and system may not always work with tomorrow’s leadership team. Job requirements, job descriptions, expectations and communication processes may change – sometimes unexpectedly – depending on the individual personalities on the team. To ensure a successful transition, ASBA offers a “Leadership Team Transition Workshop.” Help the new team discuss how they will work together, improve communications and work for continuous improvement of the district and the team.
Effective teams rely on understanding the role of each team member. This workshop helps the team focus on the different roles that the superintendent and the board must play to ensure a well-run district.
The 18-item assessment helps individuals evaluate how they typically behave on a team and the results reveal their preference for one of 4 team member styles. With increased awareness, they are able to appreciate other team members’ contributions and address differences proactively. $18/each + facilitation
NOTE: similar assessments are also available:
- What’s My Leadership Style?
- What’s My Coaching Style?
- What’s My Time Style?
- What’s My Learning Style?
- What’s My Selling Style?
Learning to Listen is a communication assessment and soft-skills training program that measures both visible and invisible listening skills. This listening skills test helps individuals to develop their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses so they are better equipped to handle customer complaints, negotiate contracts, manage teams, and more.
Individuals are presented with an inventory of 30 listening-related statements. The assessment takes approximately 10 minutes to complete. Results reveal scores in three dimensions of listening.
$17/each + facilitation
the Diversity Awareness Profile, commonly known as DAP, is a self-assessment tool that has helped millions of individuals in organizations improve working relationships among diverse co-workers and customers by increasing the awareness of their behavior toward people and how it affects them and how individual’s behavior affects others. $17/each + facilitationhttp://www.pfeiffer.com/WileyCDA/PfeifferTitle/productCd-0787988138.html
Allow the superintendent and the board president to participate in the planning process fully by having an ASBA facilitator coordinate your strategic planning meeting with the board. From helping develop vision, mission and belief statements to writing the high-level goals that the board will track.
Immersed in a survival scenario, teams are challenged to work together to build a make-shift helicopter with only limited parts — and each other. Jungle Escape‘s hands-on design enables players to discover and practice critical group-process skills, such as team planning, problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution. $11/each + facilitation
Allow ASBA to help the board through an open meeting and positive process that celebrates the progress the board is making as a team while developing focused goals and action plans to keep the board team improving and supporting the goals of the district.
Your team develops the agenda and ASBA helps you execute a productive board retreat, allowing the board president and superintendent to participate as a member of the team.
How does the board’s role differ from the superintendent’s role? Are the board and superintendent struggling when items need to come to the board for a vote, and when the superintendent has the authority to make a decision without board input? This workshop helps the team reach consensus on a variety of decision areas providing clarity to all members of the team and avoiding frustration in the future.
ASBA can provide a general or specific review of Arizona’s Open Meeting Law. The workshop can be tailored to meet the district’s individual needs (for example – discuss proper use of executive sessions more thoroughly). Contact Chris Thomas, ASBA General Counsel, Associate Executive Director at Cthomas@azsba.org
ASBA provides training on how to advocate for public schools with your community, including how to connect with your legislators and local leaders. Contact Darbi Jenkins, ASBA Governmental Relations Analyst at email@example.com
Learn more about training opportunities for ASBA member boards by emailing Karen Loftus, director of leadership development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 602.254.1100 or 800.238.4701.