February 1, 2015

Boardsmanship Academy Courses


2014-2015 Board Development Programs book

2014-2015 Board Development Programs Registration Form

Registration will open several weeks prior to the course date.  Program Cost: $70.00 per course

Thursday, December 11, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
The Open Meetings Act

Can board members use personal e-mail and expect that it isn’t covered by the act?  When does the   Administrative Function apply?  Learn what is and isn’t permissible under the Open Meetings Act. Eric Schwartz, staff attorney for Charles County Public Schools, will be with us to review the Open Meetings Act as it applies to local school boards and update participants about recent cases.

Who should attend:   New School Board Members (as part of orientation), Superintendents, Board Assistants
Key work areas: Standards, Accountability
Location: MABE office

Friday, January  9, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Collective Bargaining – The Board's Role

Collective bargaining is more than "the exchange of proposals and hammering out an agreement.  It is influenced by a myriad of dynamics and requires boards to understand these influences along with their roles and responsibilities in the process.  This session provides information relative to the collective bargaining process that will be useful as Board members carry out their responsibilities.  We'll examine roles and responsibilities of other stakeholders, Maryland law, alternative approaches to traditional bargaining and potential legislative issues around labor relations.  Leaders for this session are members of the Maryland Negotiations Service (MNS)

Who should attend: School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants, Superintendents
Key Work areas: Vision, Standards, Accountability, Alignment, Continuous Improvement
Location: MABE office

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 – 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Understanding the Work of the State Board*

This session is designed to give board members a greater understanding of the State Board, how it operates, and the type of decisions it makes. From 8:30 until noon, you will observe the State Board of Education during its monthly meeting, and then have an opportunity to debrief over lunch with John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations. 

Who should attend:  School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants
Key work areas: Vision, Standards, Alignment
Location: Maryland State Department of Education, Baltimore, MD
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Friday, March 13, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Writing Skills for Board Members

One of the key responsibilities of good school board members is to speak to the public through the written word – in op-eds, letters to the editor, and other public statements. Whether it’s talking about notable successes and achievements, defending schools against unfair or inaccurate criticism, acknowledging challenges and problems, sharing the school system’s vision and goals, or honoring the hard work of lifetime educators, board members can support public education and strengthen community relations through the written word. In this session with board member and college professor Michael Harvey (author of The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing), you will hone your writing skills, learn how to avoid bureaucratic jargon, and craft powerful prose that helps you tell the story of the people, the challenges, and the accomplishments of your school system.

Who Should Attend:  School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants,
Key Work Areas: Standards, Accountability, Continuous Improvement
Location: MABE office

Friday, April 17, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Social Media for Board Members

Social Media presents an enormous opportunity and an enormous challenge for board members and school
systems. With the popularity of Facebook, Twitter and others, it is vital that school boards and school systems understand the both the doors it can open and the pitfalls to be avoided. Join MABE’s Sandi Barry,
Communications and Marketing Coordinator, and Steve Bounds, Director of Legal & Policy Services, to
discuss the world of social media and your role in it. This is being offered as a regional seminar on the Eastern Shore, hosted by Talbot County Public Schools.

Who Should attend:   Board members, Leadership Program Participants, Superintendents, Board Assistants, School System Public Information staff
Key Work Areas:   Accountability, Climate, Standards, Vision
Location: Talbot County Public Schools, 12 Magnolia Street, Easton, Maryland

May 15, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon    
Improving Student Achievement through Raising Student Aspirations  

In this age of accountability, the education community is focused on improving student achievement. The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) has researched increasing student motivation and achievement through raising student aspirations. QISA partnered with Main School Management Association to develop a handbook that guides school boards through this process. Terry McCabe, NSBA National Connection Consultant, will explain the role of your board in improving the aspirations of your students. Participants will receive a copy of the handbook School Board Members:  Reflect… Inspire… Make a Difference.

Who Should Attend: School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants, Superintendents,
Key Work Areas: Vision, Standards, Alignment, Continuous Improvement
Location: MABE office

Thursday, June 18, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Telling Your Story: Communicating Your District’s Message

Based on the National School Board Association’s newest publication, Telling Your Story, A
Communications Guide for School Boards, this session will explore ways to counteract the negative
messages that are prevalent in the media and communities today. We’ll explore communication and
public relations techniques that will enable you to tell the story of how your board is making a difference, how your district is improving student achievement, and how public education matters in your community. (Publication included in the cost of the session.)

Who should attend:  School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants, Superintendents, Board Assistants, Public Information Officers
Key work areas: Climate, Collaboration, Continuous Improvement
Location: MABE office

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Key Work of School Boards*

Newly revised and updated, the Key Work of School Boards Guidebook is a dynamic document that serves as a focus for the governance role of school boards and board members. In this session, you will explore the re-worked guidebook, examine the six areas that are crucial to your success as a school board, and identify strengths and growth areas, as well as learn what you as an individual member can do to
strengthen your leadership role.

Who should attend:  School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants
Key work areas: All
Location: MABE office