Board Service Academy


2018 - 2019 Board Service Academy

Unless otherwise specified, all workshops take place at the MABE office. Additional workshops will be offered as the need or issue arises.

There is a charge of $75.00 per workshop, payable via the online registration link provided for each workshop.

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

Relationship between the Superintendent and the Board

January 24, 2019, 9:30-12:30

This session will look at the roles and responsibilities of a Superintendent and a Board and the relationship between the two. Questions such as: how do a superintendent and the school board develop a successful working relationship? And how is that successful relationship maintained? will be discussed to help to foster — and keep — a positive and long-lasting relationship to advance student achievement and school district success.


Parliamentary Procedure - RESCHEDULED

February 14, 2019, 9:30-12:30

Parliamentary Procedure can be a source of frustration for boards. This is not because there is a problem with Robert's Rules of Order, it is because board members typically receive little or no training on how to use Robert’s Rules of Order effectively. This lack of training leads to confusion, frustration, and wasted time. Led by Tyson Bennet, this session promises to be highly interactive and engaging, providing you with a clear understanding of ways to use Parliamentary Procedure to make your meetings more efficient and productive.


Open Meetings Act

February 26, 2019 9:30-12:30
June 19, 2019 9:30-12:30

During the 2017 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Open Meetings Act training requirements for public bodies, including local school boards. As part of these new requirements, at least one member of each local Board of Education must be designated to take a training class on the Open Meetings Act. MABE’s training will focus its Open Meetings Act training on the unique role of local school board members so that you feel confident in your knowledge of and ability to implement the necessary components of the Open Meetings Act.

2/26: Flier  |  Registration
6/19: Flier  |  Registration

Equity Academies

MABE Office:
March 18, 2019 9:30-12:30

Washington County Public Schools Center for Education Services:
April 18, 2019 9:30-12:30

Talbot County Education Center:
May 30, 9:30-12:30

The Equity Academy provides a forum for school board members to examine and discuss the strategies and best practices around equity in Maryland’s public schools. We will focus on how school boards can work to ensure that all students are given the best opportunity to succeed.

3/18: Registration
4/18: Registration
5/30: Registration

Telling Your Story - CANCELLED

March 26, 2019, 9:30-12:30

Based on the National School Board Association (NSBA) publication, Telling Your Story, A Communications Guide for School Boards, this session will explore ways to counteract the negative messages that are prevalent in the media and communities today. We’ll explore communication and public relations techniques that will enable you to ‘tell your story’ of how your board is making a difference, how your district is improving student achievement, and why public education matters in your community.


Role of the Board President/Chair

April 10, 2019 - 9:30-12:30

This session will explore the duties and responsibilities of the Board President/Chair.  Working with Rochelle Eisenberg, 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. This session is ideal for current board presidents/chairs.


Work of the State Board - CANCELLED

April 23, 2019 - 8:30-1:00

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. You will observe the State Board of Education in one of its meetings, and then have an opportunity to “debrief” with MABE staff over lunch. This Board Service Academy will be held from 8:30 am-1:00 pm at the MSDE Office in Baltimore. Directions will be sent to participants.


Legislative Policy Implications

May 15, 2019, 9:30-12:30

This ​session ​will ​provide ​an ​overview ​of ​the ​2019 ​Maryland ​legislative ​session, ​as ​well ​as ​inform ​and ​prepare ​your ​board ​and ​senior ​staff ​to ​undertake ​legislative ​requirements ​that ​have ​immediate ​impact ​for ​all ​Maryland ​schools. ​


Group Dynamics

July 9, 2019, 9:30-12:30

A group is established when individuals come together for a common cause or function. But functional group dynamics don’t happen automatically. It takes all types to make a group. Boards of Education have members from all backgrounds and experiences who come together to advance student achievement and school district success. Learn how to work with different personality types to ensure meeting functionality and goal completion.