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Other Professional Development Offerings

MABE offers a diverse range of ongoing training opportunities for our members. Some programs can be customized to meet your local board's unique needs. For additional information, please contact Molly Young, Director of Board Development.

2024 Board Service Academy Series & Additional Professional Development Opportunities

MABE workshops will be held in a hybrid format (both in-person and virtually) until or unless announced otherwise. In instances that in-person registrations for a session are low, the session may be switched to virtual only.  Additional workshops will be offered as the need or issue arises.

There is a charge of $75.00 per workshop unless otherwise indicated, payable via the online registration link provided for each workshop. Please note that event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to each event's occurrence.

For more information about Board Development Programs, please contact Molly Young, Director of Board Development.

Effective Policy Making (Debra Daniel)

NOTE: This training, originally scheduled for Thursday, February 29, 2024, is being rescheduled.  ($75)

One of the most important responsibilities of a school board is to adopt policy. Adopting policy is where the school board sets forth a vision for the school system. This session will go over what policy is and what policy is not, as well as the basic policy cycle. You’ll leave this session with an understanding of the board’s role in policy-making and of the essential elements of a policy.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Boosting Your Impact Through More Effective Board Teamwork (Molly Young)

Thursday, February 29, 2024  ($75)

12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Every board member brings a unique set of skills, experiences, and personalities to the table. But coming together as a functional, productive board doesn't happen automatically, and related delays can stall goal achievement. In this useful workshop, you will learn the characteristics of an impactful board and how to use this awareness to build teamwork, develop needed communication skills, and handle conflict.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

School Boards Operating in a New Age: The Pressing Need for Vision & Accountability (Molly Young)

Thursday, March 7  ($75)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Vision and accountability are two of the key components of effective board governance, and neither has been more imperative than in today's turbulent, hectic climate. Establishing a clear vision with high expectations for quality learning supports strong student outcomes. This includes clear and specific goals to move a district forward, and being held accountable to these goals. Accountability depends on open decision making, community engagement and support, and receptivity to new ideas and constructive criticism. This Board Service Academy will feature helpful best practices and discussion of unique related challenges from your peers from around the state.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Crisis Communication How-Tos for Boards of Education (Jen Beltz)

Thursday, March 21, 2024  ($75)

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

VIRTUAL

School boards today are facing a range of threats that seem to increase each week, involving everything from social media firestorms, meeting protests and misconduct accusations, to contentious ballot issues and difficult labor union negotiations. When crises occur – or seem ready to crop up at any moment – stakeholders need to hear and be influenced by the Board’s positions. Learn from MABE’s Communications Director Jen Beltz ways to frame and share your message in a diplomatic, time-sensitive and persuasive way.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

School Boards Operating in a New Age: The Pressing Need for Vision & Accountability (Molly Young) 

NOTE: This session has been cancelled. 

Saturday, April 13, 2024  ($75)  

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Vision and accountability are two of the key components of effective board governance, and neither has been more imperative than in today's turbulent, hectic climate. Establishing a clear vision with high expectations for quality learning supports strong student outcomes. This includes clear and specific goals to move a district forward, and being held accountable to these goals. Accountability depends on open decision making, community engagement and support, and receptivity to new ideas and constructive criticism. This Board Service Academy will feature helpful best practices and discussion of unique related challenges from your peers from around the state.

 

 

 

The Board of Education Role in Community Engagement & Leadership (Molly Young)

Tuesday, April 30, 2024  ($75)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

The ultimate goal of community engagement is to focus the community on answering the question, "What must this community be like in order for all children to succeed?" Since community engagement is built on ongoing two-way communication between an organization and the community it serves, Boards are a step ahead when they view such engagement as a strategic, proactive opportunity to strengthen their school systems. This important session will help you develop a better understanding of the public’s expectations, and determine how parents, business people, and other members of the public can actively support the school system through effective engagement. By doing so, Board members empower themselves by increasing the effectiveness and impact of their everyday governance.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

 

Parliamentary Procedures: Maximizing the Benefits & Rewards (Debra Daniel)

Monday, May 6, 2024  ($75)

9:00 am - Noon

Learn the best way to conduct your board meetings while still complying with Maryland law. If your board uses Robert's Rules of Order, this interactive and engaging session will provide you with a clear understanding of ways to use Parliamentary Procedure to make your board meetings more efficient and productive.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Pathways to Maryland’s Literacy Legacy (Presented by:  Tenette Smith, Executive Director of Literacy Programs and Initiatives, MSDE and Dr. Deann Collins, Deputy Superintendent, Office of Teaching and Learning, MSDE)

Wednesday, May 15th  ($75)

4:00-5:30 p.m.

The Maryland State Department of Education is committed to developing and increasing stakeholder knowledge around the Science of Reading. With a shared understanding that Literacy is the foundation for all learning and that strong literacy practices yield an impact across core academic subject areas, MSDE has launched an expansive overarching literacy initiative. This session will introduce the key elements of Maryland’s plan for moving literacy outcomes for students, teachers, schools and districts.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

New Laws Passed in 2024 Affecting Your School System: Implications & Opportunities (John Woolums)

Wednesday, May 29, 2024  ($75)

9:00 am - Noon

Legislative sessions move quickly and can be complicated. It can be difficult to keep up with decisions that impact local boards without legislative expertise in your corner. Here, MABE has you covered! This helpful session will provide you and your Board with all the latest legislative developments from Annapolis you need to have on your radar, and prepare you to act on these new laws through local board policies, programs, and services.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Ethics: What You Most Need to Know (Debra Daniel)

Monday, June 3, 2024  ($75)

9:00 am - Noon

Ask yourself this: Do you and your fellow board members always act ethically? There often is a fine line between good intentions and unethical behavior. During this useful workshop, you will learn needed information and context about Maryland's ethics laws; analyze related, real-life scenarios; and learn the consequences of failure to comply. You'll also learn what may be "bad behavior" versus actions constituting ethics violations per se. Given the importance of meeting ethics requirements, you'll want to be sure to attend this valuable training.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Boost Your Effective Board Governance with Stronger Board Self-Evaluations & Superintendent Evaluations (Molly Young)

Monday, June 17, 2024  ($75)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Evaluations are essential tools to ensure effective board governance. Commitment to quality, excellence, continual learning, and local control of the educational system all are demonstrated when boards lead by example with thorough, well-thought-out evaluations. Board self-assessments provide more than just accountability and a framework for communication -- they lay the foundation for your board's continuous improvement. A quality superintendent evaluation system serves as a link between the board and the superintendent, clarifying expectations and establishing a means to provide professional feedback on performance. This session will walk you through how to establish an organized process for delivering the best possible evaluations to help strengthen your governance efforts.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

The Open Meetings Act: Understanding its Significance, Avoiding Penalties & Ensuring School Board Compliance (Debra Daniel)

Tuesday, July 16, 2024  ($75)

9:00 am - Noon

Maryland’s Open Meetings Act is more complicated than just providing public notice of your meetings. This workshop will help you and your school board colleagues by providing an in-depth overview of Maryland's Open Meetings Act,  and discussing some of the cases and complaints that have come before the Open Meetings Compliance Board. Maryland law now requires that at least one member of the Board be designated to receive training on the Open Meetings Act and it is highly recommended that all members be familiar with the Act. MABE is one of only a few non-governmental entities that are allowed, under Maryland law, to provide this important training.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

The NSBA Annual Conference and Exposition (New Orleans, LA)

April 6-8, 2024

The NSBA 2024 Annual Conference and Exposition describes itself as "the one national event that brings together education leaders to learn about best governance practices, gain insight into child development and learn about new programs and technology that can help enrich student learning. NSBA 2024 is one of the few—if not the only—places where school board members from around the country can receive the training necessary to address the instructional needs of students and to improve the efficiency of district operations."

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The Blueprint for Maryland's Future (John Woolums)

Tuesday,  July 30, 2024  ($75)

9:00 am - Noon

The Blueprint for Maryland's Future is a comprehensive set of mandated education funding and policy reforms impacting early education, college and career readiness standards, community schools, collective bargaining, career and technical education, state oversight, and more.  Join fellow board members to learn more about statewide legislative and policy issues and to share insights on local implementation of the Blueprint.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Student New Board Member Orientation (MABE staff)

Monday,  August 12, 2024  ($150)          In Person

9:00 am - 3:00 pm                                  (including lunch break)

Student board members have a unique opportunity to help shape the path of education on a local level and learn the basics of governance firsthand. Be sure to mark your calendars for MABE's popular Student New Board Member Orientation, which will help equip you to make the biggest helpful impact in your school system while forging valuable connections with other student board members. During your resource-filled day with MABE, you will learn the ins and outs of your important role, meet your peers from throughout Maryland, and engage in timely discussions from a trusted student perspective.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

"The Trust Edge" & Its Transformative Role for School Districts (Molly Young)

Thursday, August 29, 2024  ($75)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Do you trust your fellow board members? Does your community trust its school board members? If the answer is “maybe” or “no,” you and your colleagues need to work to gain back trust. Doing so leads to positive shifts in staff retention, student enrollment, and student achievement.   In this unique session, you will learn the Trust Edge 8-Pillar Framework as outlined in David Horsager's national best-seller, "The Trust Edge."

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Making Difficult Decisions

Friday, September 20, 2024  ($75)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm

As Board members, you are constantly making decisions for the well-being of students in your district.  Some of those decisions come easier than others.  And some don’t have a clear right or wrong answer. So what should a school board member do?  Discuss decision making models, strategies, mindsets and communication tactics with fellow board members, to navigate complex decision-making scenarios successfully.  This training combines theoretical knowledge with practical applications to enhance decision-making competencies in real-world situations.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

MABE Annual Conference

October 7-9, 2024

Join your fellow board members from across the state for two days of dynamic speakers, timely workshops, and active networking.

Registration details to be announced in early spring 2024.

Maryland School Law Deskbook: A Sneak Peek (Debra Daniel and John Woolums)

Friday, November 15, 2024  ($75)

9:00 am - Noon

The Maryland School Law Deskbook is the only education law reference of its kind in the state. Written by experienced education law attorneys, this comprehensive publication offers current and authoritative information on legal issues facing schools within the context of state and federal education law.  Attend this training for a valuable sneak peek of the most up-to-date school laws. This training's straightforward question-and-answer format will provide concise and intuitive information for school principals, administrators, school board members, superintendents, education professionals and attorneys in Maryland. The training will cover relevant topics such as the State and Federal role in Education, School Facilities and Transportation, Employee Relations/Rights/Discipline/ Dismissal, Tort/Liability/Insurance Issues, Student Discipline, and Public Charter Schools and Public School Alternatives. To be up to date regarding the laws affecting your role, this session is one you won't want to miss.

Registration

Event registration closes at 10:00 am on the business day prior to the event.

Other Professional Development Offerings

MABE offers a diverse range of ongoing training opportunities for our members. Some programs can be customized to meet your local board's unique needs. For additional information, please contact Molly Young, Director of Board Development.