March 28, 2017

Boardsmanship Academy Courses

2016-2017 Board Development Programs book

2016-2017 Board Development Programs Registration Form

Thursday, December 15, 2016
The Open Meetings Act

Maryland's Open Meetings Act is a statute that requires school boards to hold their meetings in public, to give the public adequate notice of those meetings, and to allow the public to inspect meetings minutes. Is there more to learn about the act? Yes! Is private email covered? How does the administrative function apply? When is there a quorum of the board? Join Eric Schwartz, Staff Attorney for the Charles County Board of Education, to review the act as it applies to local school boards and learn what’s new with recent case law.

Who should attend: New board members, leadership program participants, superintendents, board assistants
Key Work areas: Accountability, Policy

Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Board President/Chair: Roles and Responsibilities

Designed exclusively for current board presidents/chairs, this session will explore the unique duties they take on. Working with Rochelle Eisenberg, participants will discuss effective ways to structure meetings, how to handle correspondence, the various types of minutes, and strategies for working collaboratively with your colleagues and the superintendent.

Who should attend: Current board presidents/chairs
Key Work areas: Accountability, Board and Superintendent

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Understanding the Work of the State Board* (Registration Form)

This session is designed to give board members a greater understanding of the State Board, how it operates, and the kind of decisions it makes.  From 8:30 – noon, you’ll observe the State Board of Education in one of its meetings, and then have an opportunity to “debrief” over lunch with John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations.

Location: Maryland State Department of Education, 8th Floor, Conference Room 8, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Who should attend: School board members, leadership program participants
Key Work Areas: Vision, Accountability, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Friday, March 10, 2017
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): An In-Depth Discussion (Registration Form)

In 2016, new education legislation was passed, bringing with it a host of new requirements and expectations for local schools and local school leaders. Join Deborah Rigsby, Director of Federal Legislation, National School Boards Association (NSBA), for an overview of the new law and what it means for your school system.  Participants will receive a copy of the NSBA Publication A New Federalism – The Every Student Student Succeeds Act Overview and Guide.

Who Should Attend:   Board members, leadership program participants, superintendents, assistant superintendents
Key Work Areas: Vision, Accountability, Policy, Community Leadership

Friday, April 21, 2017
It's Time to Go Viral:  Using Social Media to Engage Stakeholders and Build Community Capital (Registration Form)

Many school districts have revisited the long held belief that social media isn't all bad and have started using Blogs, Facebook and Twitter to better engage stakeholders.  Properly leveraged, social media can be utilized to start conversations based on a solid foundation of facts rather than some blogger’s rant.  With Ari Ioannides, you will learn how simple changes to existing web sites and board materials combined with proactive messaging can enhance any communications strategy and build community capital.

Who should attend: Board members, superintendents
Key Work Areas: Community Leadership

Thursday, May 11, 2017
The 10 Myths of Board Service (Registration Form)

All board members come to their positions with a set of beliefs as to what the job involves. How many of those beliefs turn out to be myths? Join Sandi Barry, MABE’s Director of Communication & Marketing, for an enlightening session that examines the misconceptions and helps members effectively govern beyond the stereotype of board service. 

Who should attend: Board members
Key Work Areas: Accountability, Board/Superintendent Relationships

Friday, June 16, 2017
Evaluating the Superintendent  (Registration Form)                                                                         

Is your process for evaluating the superintendent working for you?  Do you have one in place?  Has it been updated?  Is it comprehensive or is the process just circling numbers on a sheet of paper once a year?  In this interactive session , you’ll take a serious look at the process, review sample evaluations and discuss strategies for making this a “win-win” process for you and your superintendent.  You’ll also hear from your colleagues and the processes they’ve used.  This is an especially critical Academy – since 2012, Maryland school systems have replaced more than 80% of the superintendents in the state. 

Who should attend:  Board members, Leadership Program participants
Key Work Areas: Accountability, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Thursday, July 6, 2017
The Key Work of School Boards (Registration Form)

The Key Work of School Boards framework has been updated and improved. Learn how this framework provides school board members with tools and information for improving their leadership skills and raising student achievement. Learn about the key action areas for school leaders and how to apply them to your own work as a governance team.

Who Should Attend: School board members, Leadership Program participants
Key Work Areas: Vision, Accountability, Policy, Community Leadership, Board and Superintendent Relationships

*Course required for Leadership Program participants