April 24, 2014

Leadership Programs

After completing the first year of board service, members have the opportunity for comprehensive continuing education through MABE’s Leadership Programs. These programs provide members the next level of knowledge and skills necessary to govern effectively.

Leadership I

  • This program consists of the following elements and may be completed in 1-2 years:
  • Eight (8) courses selected from the Boardsmanship Academy courses, and MABE and/or NSBA conferences
  • Attendance at a Maryland State Board of Education meeting*
  • Attendance at a board of education meeting other than your own
  • Completion of a leadership project
  • Participation in MABE activities such as committee membership, conference faciliation, and seminar or academy presentations
Courses: (years 1 and 2)
  • Key Work of School Boards* – the elements of Key Work and strategies for implementing them
  • Policy Development – the policy development process including strategies for using board policies in the decision making process
  • Assessment – the elements of assessments and using data to drive student achievement
  • Leadership – understanding the nature and process of board leadership
  • Budget – the underlying components of funding formulas and budget process
  • Communication – effective skills that enhance communication with fellow board members and stakeholders
  • Working With the Media – strategies for “staying on message” and effectively    managing media relations
  • Team Building – components of effective teams and leadership strategies at each stage of team developmen· Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members
  • Continuous Improvement – components of continuous improvement as a habit of mind and process
  • Facilitating Meetings – strategies for effectively conducting a meeting
  • Legislative Skills – methods and strategies for working with local, state, and federal legislators to advance the public education agenda
  • Leadership in Supervision and Evaluation of the Superintendent – best practices and use of evaluation tools to achieve system goals       

Open to: members with at least one year of school board services

Program Cost: $450. This includes all materials, registration for Boardsmanship Academy courses, and coaching/mentoring for the duration of the program. 

Leadership II

Building on the skills and concepts learned in Leadership I, this advanced program is designed to provide experienced board member with the next level of boardsmanship expertise.  In addition to in-depth seminars, the program combines course work and hands-on leadership activities with a specific emphasis on advocacy and community engagement.

  • This program consists of the following elements and may be completed in 1-2 years:
  • Four (4) courses selected from the Boardsmanship Academy courses, and MABE and/or NSBA conference attendance
  • Participation in MABE activities such as committee membership, conference faciliation, and seminar or academy presentation
  • Completion of 3-4 in-depth, book based seminars

Open to: members with at least two (2) years of board service and have completed the Leadership I program.

Program Cost: $300. This includes all materials, registration for Boardsmanship Academy courses, and coaching/mentoring for the duration of the program.