April 25, 2018

Board Service Academy

2017 – 2018 Board Service Academy

Unless otherwise specified, all workshops take place at the MABE office. Additional workshops will be offered as the need or issue arises.

There is a charge of $75.00 per workshop, payable via the online registration link provided for each workshop.

For more information about Board Development Programs, please contact Molly Young, Director of Board Development, myoung@mabe.org.


January 19, 2018, 9:30-12:30: The Role of the Board President/Chair

This session will explore the duties and responsibilities of the Board President/Chair. Working with Rochelle Eisenberg, you will have an opportunity to discuss effective ways to structure your meetings, how to handle correspondence, what minutes should be kept for different meetings, and identify ways to work collaboratively with your colleagues and the superintendent. This session is ideal for current board presidents/chairs.

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March 9, 2018, 9:30-12:30: Telling Your Story

Based on the National School Board Association (NSBA) 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 your story’ of how your board is making a difference, how your district is improving student achievement, and why public education matters in your community.  (Publication included in the cost of the session.)

May 3, 2018, 9:30-12:30: 2018 Legislative Session Wrap Up

This ​session ​will ​provide ​an ​overview ​of ​the ​2018 ​Maryland ​legislative ​session, ​as ​well ​as ​inform ​and ​prepare ​your ​board ​and ​senior ​staff ​to ​undertake ​legislative ​requirements ​that ​have ​immediate ​impact ​for ​all ​Maryland ​schools. ​

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May 14, 2018, 9:30-12:30: Open Meetings Act

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies, including local school boards. As part of these new requirements, at least one member of each local Board of Education must be designated to take a training class on the Open Meetings Act. MABE’s training will focus its Open Meetings Act training on the unique role of local school board members so that you feel confident in your knowledge of and ability to implement the necessary components of the Open Meetings Act.

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May 14, 2018, 1:00-4:00: Parliamentary Procedure

Parliamentary Procedure can be a source of frustration for boards. This is not because there is a problem with Robert’s Rules of Order, it is because board members typically receive little or no training on how to use Robert’s Rules of Order effectively. This lack of training leads to confusion, frustration, and wasted time. This session promises to be highly interactive and engaging, providing you with a clear understanding of ways to use Parliamentary Procedure to make your meetings more efficient and productive.

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May 22, 2018 – 8:30-1:00: 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 kind of decisions it makes. You will observe the State Board of Education in one of its meetings, and then have an opportunity to “debrief” with MABE staff over lunch. This Board Service Academy will be held from 8:30 am-1:00 pm at the MSDE Office in Baltimore. Directions will be sent to participants.