October 22, 2014

Boardsmanship Academy Courses


2013-2014 Board Development Programs book

2013-2014 Board Development Program Registration Form

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

Friday, November 8, 2013 – 9:00 to noon
The Board's Role in the Appeal Process

Board members wear three hats:  administrative (hiring, contracts) legislative (policy), and quasi-judicial (hearings and appeals). In this session, your role in each of these areas will be reviewed with special emphasis on understanding the appeals process and the differences between the roles of the school board, superintendent, and the school system attorney. Judy Bresler, from the law firm of Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr, will take you through the kinds of legal issues that challenge board members and provide strategies for being effective in your judicial role. This session is a “must attend” for new board members and is highly recommended as a refresher for seasoned board members.

Who should attend:   New School Board Members,
Superintendents, Board Assistants
Key work areas: Standards, Accountability
Location: MABE office

Friday, December 13, 2013 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Communication Skills

In real estate, the key to success is “location, location, location.” For effective boards and board members, the key is “communication, communication, communication.” This interactive session will focus on communication skills and strategies. You’ll learn your own style and its influence on the way you communicate as well as strategies for working with people whose style is different than yours.

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

Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
The Board President/Chair: Roles and Responsibilities

Designed exclusively for current board presidents, this session will explore the duties and responsibilities of the board president/chair.  Working with Rochelle Eisenberg and Kitty Blumsack, 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.

Who should attend: Current Board Presidents/Chairs
Key work areas:  Standards, Collaboration, Continuous Improvement
Location:  MABE office

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 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 14, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Board Self-Assessment

Just as boards evaluate the superintendent, so should they also evaluate their own effectiveness. Hownwell does your board work together, and how effectively do you govern the school system? Do you have a collective sense of the board’s strengths and weaknesses as a leadership team? Are your communication processes clear? One of the main components of any continuous improvement process is evaluation. With Kitty Blumsack, you will have an opportunity to review many of the instruments available to board members, discuss ways to assess your board’s performance, and set goals. 

Who should attend:  School Board Members, Leadership Program Participants,
Key Work areas: Standards, Accountability,  Assessment Continuous Improvement
Location: MABE offices

Friday, April 25, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Social Media for Board Members

Social media presents opportunities and challenges for board members and school systems. Join MABE’s Sandi Barry, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, and Steve Bounds, Director of Legal and Policy Services, to discuss the world of social media, your role in it, and the role your school system can play. 

This is offered as a regional opportunity for board members in the Western part of the state, and is being hosted in Allegany County.

Who should attend:   Board Members, Leadership Program Participants, Superintendents,
Board Assistants, School System Public Information Staff
Key work areas:   Accountability, Climate, Standards, Vision
Location: Allegany County – site to be decided

Friday, May 16, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Cultural Competence from the Board Room to the Classroom                                      

This session will focus on the value of Cultural Competence as an aspect of teacher preparation, instructional planning, and reflective classroom management. Practitioners will discuss the knowledge they have gained through coursework and collaboration, and how they have used their enhanced understanding of their students in diverse schools and classrooms. Teachers from Montgomery County will describe the Equity and Excellence in Education Graduate Certificate program, a partnership between MCPS, MCEA, and McDaniel College that graduated its first cohort in December 2012. The discussion will then move into how board members and others in leadership positions can enhance their own knowledge of Cultural Competence and apply it in practical decision making, policy, and strategic planning work.

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

Thursday, June 19, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. to noon
Key Work of School Boards*

The Key  Work of School Boards is a framework of eight interrelated action areas designed to focus and guide school boards in their work. Join us for this highly interactive session to learn the key work areas and how to apply them to your school system.

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

*Course required for Leadership Program participants