MABE offers numerous opportunities for businesses that wish to connect with Maryland school member boards, show their support for public education, and participate in the programs and activities of MABE.
For more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Jen Beltz, Director of Communications & Marketing.
Candidate Info Sessions
Is your board interested in cultivating the next generation of local leaders? In support of our commitment to quality leadership for Maryland’s public schools, the Maryland Association of Boards of Education has developed a Candidate Information Session to help school and community leaders inform school board candidates.
Customized for your school system and held locally, these sessions provide candidates with information on the following topics:
- Overview of school boards and members in the state and country
- Board member duties, roles, and responsibilities
- The Board – Superintendent Relationship
- Characteristics of effective board members
- Why board members serve
To discuss planning an event for candidates, please contact Molly Young, Director of Board Development.
What Counts is the premier community engagement tool for boards of education seeking to open or enhance dialogue with stakeholders in their county. Since 2005, numerous Maryland boards have convened What Counts forums with stellar results and positive feedback from participants.
What Counts asks citizens – parents, students, community members, governmental and business leaders – their perception of the local public schools, what about them is important, and what should count when assessing their productivity and success. This sampling of the public’s perception yields data valuable to boards and staff in moving forward with continuous improvement and student achievement.
Following an initial forum, several boards have subsequently convened forums as a follow up or with a change of topic, such as What Counts with Our Budget.
For more information about community engagement forums, contact Molly Young, Director of Board Development.
The Legal Services Association (LSA) was established in 1984 to supplement the legal services available to local boards of education through education, representation and advocacy.
LSA provides members an approved list of law firms specializing in the areas of personnel and special education. Additionally, LSA maintains a litigation support fund to help local boards financially in cases of statewide importance.
Amicus Curiae, or “friend of the court” briefs, are filed on behalf of member boards of education in cases of statewide importance. LSA also presents testimony in Annapolis and before the State Board of Education regarding the legal implications of proposed legislation or regulations.
MABE provides policy alerts on the latest issues facing schools, facilitates policies and regulations between members districts, provides model and sample policies to address developing areas of need, and brings to your district Seminars-To-Go on a wide range of policy topics.
Use the links below to view policy areas on each school system’s website:
MABE keeps members and the public informed on key education issues through various publications, handbooks, special reports and the website. Email alerts and updates are also sent to our members on issues that need immediate attention.
To subscribe to MABE’s electronic publications, contact Jen Beltz, Director of Communications and Marketing.
News & Policy Updates
MABE Brief - Electronic newsletter; provided as a member service. Published on an as needed basis; contains association and member news, news from the state and federal levels, and links to news and articles of interest to education leaders.
The Education Advocate - Legislative update provided weekly during the legislative session; sent electronically and provided as a member service
The Monitor – Summary of the monthly Maryland State Board of Education meeting; sent electronically and provided as a member service
Member Services & Resources
Maryland School Law Deskbook - A concise and accessible guide written by experienced education law attorneys, and published by LexisNexis in cooperation with the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE). It offers current and authoritative information on legal issues facing schools within the context of state and federal education law. This is the essential desk reference for Maryland's school administrators, school board members, superintendents, education professionals, and attorneys.
To purchase the most current Maryland School Law Deskbook, visit the LexisNexis Bookstore.
Advocacy Toolkit - Complements board and board member efforts by providing a portable guide to assist in lobbying local, state, and federal officials on behalf of Maryland’s outstanding public schools and students
The Key Work of School Boards - A framework of eight interrelated action areas designed to focus and guide school boards in their work.
To purchase The Key Work of School Boards, visit the NSBA Bookstore.
Stand Up for Maryland Public Schools - MABE has joined NSBA’s Stand Up 4 Public Schools campaign to support public education, and we hope you will too!
MABE Membership Brochure – Explore member benefits and services.
Partnership Services Brochure - Overview of services and products available through the companies with whom MABE partners
What Counts - Details MABE’s community engagement program available to member districts
MABE has a team of trained search consultants available to work, on a fee-for-service basis, with individual boards searching for a new superintendent. A presentation on the search process is available by contacting MABE's Executive Director, Frances Hughes Glendening.
Maryland Superintendent License Information
There are two paths to certification to be a county superintendent established in COMAR- - Traditional Certification and Reciprocal Certification.
- Educational Requirements:
- Have a master’s degree from an IHE; and
- Have completed one of the following:
- An MSDE-approved program which leads to certification as a superintendent to include course work covering public school administration, supervision, and methods of teaching;
- A program offered by an IHE leading to certification as a superintendent in the state in which the institution is located to include course work covering public school administration, supervision, and methods of teaching; or
- 60 semester hours of graduate course work, including a minimum of 24 semester hours in education administration taken at an IHE, to include public school administration, supervision, and methods of teaching. Graduate course work earned to obtain the master’s degree may be applied toward the 60 required semester hours.
- Experience Requirements:
- 27 months of satisfactory teaching performance or satisfactory performance as a certified specialist as defined in COMAR 13A.12.03 in a PreK-12 setting; and
- 24 months of satisfactory administrative or supervisory experience in Prek-12 setting;
- A superintendent who enters Maryland from another state may obtain reciprocal certification if the individual;
- Holds a valid professional state certificate in a like or comparable area;
- Presents verification of at least 36 months of satisfactory performance as a superintendent during the past 7 years; and
- Presents verification of 2 years of graduate work at an IHE to include course work covering public school administration, supervision, methods of teaching.