February 8, 2016

Boardsmanship Academy Courses

2015-2016 Board Development Programs book

2015-2016 Board Development Programs Registration Form

The Appeals Process – Friday, November 13, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon

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, attorney 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.

Please note: This session is required in order to complete the appointed New Board Member Orientation, held in August, 2015; it is also highly recommended as a refresher for experienced board members.

Who should attend:   New School Board Members (as part of orientation), Superintendents,
Board Assistants, Leadership Program Participants, Board Members

Key work areas: Accountability, Policy, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Location: MABE office

PARCC Assessments: What Every Board Member Needs to Know – Friday, December 11, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to noon

The public often states that students take too many tests. In order to be able to respond accurately, board members need to understand what types of assessments are used in Maryland, when and why student learning is assessed, what assessments are used, who designs and requires the assessments, and how the results are utilized. This session will focus on assessment in general, how the landscape in Maryland is changing, and the variety of assessments – including formative, summative, PARCC, and high school assessments.  You also will receive an update on the status of the recently formed Assessment Task Force on Assessments. With us for this session, from the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), are Jack Smith, Interim Maryland State Superintendent of Schools,  and Henry Johnson, Assistant State Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Accountability.

Who should attend: Board Members, Superintendents, Leadership Program Participants

Key work areas: Accountability, Policy, Community Leadership

Location: MABE office

Understanding the Charter School Improvement Act of 2015 – Friday, January 8, 2016 – 9:00 a.m. to noon

In this session, board members will gain a deeper understanding of Maryland’s approach to authorizing and operating public charter schools, from the Charter School Act of 2003 to the Charter School Improvement Act of 2015. We’ll actively explore the perceptions and realities of charter schools as public schools of choice, and the board’s role in their governance.

Who should attend: Board Members, Superintendents, Leadership Program Participants

Key Work Areas: Vision, Accountability, Communication Leadership, Policy

Location: MABE office

Understanding the Work of the State Board* – Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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” with John Woolums, MABE’s Director of Governmental Relations, over lunch.

Who should attend: School board members, leadership program participants

Key Work Areas: Vision, Accountability, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Location: Maryland State Department of Education, 8th Floor, Conf. Room 3

200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland

Writing Skills for Board Members – Friday, March 11, 2016

One of the key responsibilities of a good school board member is to  speak to the public through the written word – in opinion pieces, letters to the editor, and other public statements. Whether it's talking about notable successes and achievements or defending schools against unfair or inaccurate criticism, board members can support public education and strengthen community relations through the written word. In this session with former  board member and college professor Michael Harvey, author of The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing and editor-in-chief of Leadership and the Humanities, you will hone your writing skills in a way that helps 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: Community Leadership, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Location: MABE office

Making Your Meetings Work Using Parliamentary Procedure  – Friday, April 15, 2016

Do your meetings drag on for too long? Do you "call the question" at the right time? Effective board leaders know and understand the elements of parliamentary procedure and how to use them to make your meetings efficiently. Led by Tyson Bennett, managing partner at Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr, LLP, this session promises to be highly interactive and engaging, providing you with a clear understanding of ways to make your meetings both effective and productive.

Who should attend: Board Members, Superintendents

Key work areas: Community Leadership, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Location: MABE office

The Press is Calling! Media Relations for School Board Members – Friday, May 13, 2016

Board member interactions with radio, television, and newspaper news teams are vitally important to schools system. Join Carey Gaddis, Supervisor of Community and Media Relations, Carroll County Public Schools, and Sandi Barry, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, MABE, to learn the basics of responding to inquiries, managing interviews, and in general, sharpening your media relations skills.

Who should attend: Board Members, Public Information Officers/School System Communications Staff, Superintendents

Key work areas: Community Leadership, Board and Superintendent Relationships

Location: MABE office

The Key Work of School Boards – Friday, June 10, 2016

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

Location: MABE office