Board Service Academy

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2020 Board Service Academy Series

 

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.

Key Work of School Boards

February 7, 2020, 9:30-12:30

When a board of education makes student achievement the primary focus, the results are impressive. Join MABE's Director of Board Development to learn the core skills that effective boards need to form a framework for school governance and to ensure all students achieve at high levels.

Join MABE for the FIRST online Board Service Academy!

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Open Meetings Act

February 24, 2020, 9:30-12:30

Has someone on your board attended an Open Meetings Act training? In order to be compliant with Maryland law, at least one person on your board MUST be trained in the Open Meetings Act. Join MABE's Director of Legal & Policy Services for 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.

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Telling your Story

March 3, 2020 9:30-12:30

How can you control your narrative in your role as a board member? Based on the National School Board Association (NSBA) publication, Telling Your Story, A Communications Guide for School Boards, MABE's Director of Communications and Director of Board Development will explore ways to counteract the negative messages that are prevalent in the media and communities today. You will also discover ways to share the positive things your district and board are achieving.

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Equity Academy: The Individual Perspective

March 18, 2020, 9:30-12:30

What does equitable decision-making look like for school board members? Attendees of this highly interactive session will address real-life scenarios using an “equity lens” that facilitates meaningful board deliberations focusing on providing educational equity for each student. The session will also focus on the new statewide requirement for each local board to create an educational equity policy and provide aspirational policy language for your consideration.

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Parliamentary Procedure

April 16, 2020, 9:30-12:30

Boards across the country say Parliamentary Procedure is a large source of frustration for many boards because there is a little to no training on how to use Robert's Rules of Order effectively. This lack of training leads to confusion and wasted time. This session promises to be interactive and engaging, providing you with a clear understanding of ways to use Parliamentary Procedure to make your board meetings more efficient and productive.

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The Trust Edge for School Districts

April 29, 2020, 9:30-12:30

Research shows that education is one of the most trusted institutions in the United States. As trust levels rise in schools and a trusting environment is built, school districts may likely see positive results in staff retention, student enrollment, and student achievement. Learners are guided through valuable content within the Trust Edge Framework as outlined in David Horsager’s best-seller, "The Trust Edge." Participants can expect to gain strategies to help deepen relationships and develop more committed teams.

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Legislative Policy Implications

May 14, 2020 - 9:30-12:30

This ​session ​will ​provide ​an ​overview ​of ​the ​2020 ​Maryland ​legislative ​session, ​as ​well ​as ​inform ​and ​prepare ​your ​board ​and ​senior ​staff to ​undertake ​legislative ​requirements ​that ​have ​an immediate ​impact ​on ​all ​Maryland ​schools.

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Effective Board Teamwork

May 28, 2020, 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. 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.

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Equity: The Board Governance Role

June 4, 2020, 9:30-12:30

Analyze the role educational equity plays in Board Governance. In this session, learn how other boards are using their governance roles to powerfully impact their school system and begin to make educational equity a reality for each student in all Maryland communities. You are sure to leave this session with ideas to
positively impact student achievement in your district’s schools.

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Board Chair/Superintendent Relationship

July 21, 2020, 9:30-12:30

Boards of Education have one employee and that is the Superintendent. MABE's Director of Board Development will help you examine your relationship and answer questions such as: how does a superintendent and the school board develop a successful working relationship? 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.

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Open Meetings Act

August 27, 2020, 9:30-12:30

Has someone on your board attended an Open Meetings Act training? In order to be compliant with Maryland law, at least one person on your board MUST be trained in the Open Meetings Act. Join MABE's Director of Legal & Policy Services for 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.

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Ethics

September 17, 2020, 9:30-12:30

This workshop covers what board members need to know about Maryland’s ethics laws, including ethics policy requirements. The session will also address State ethics requirements for local board members pertaining to gifts, financial conflicts of interest, general conflicts of interest, using prestige of office, and confidentiality. The use of local ethics panels and consequences for failure to adhere to the ethics policy will also be shared.

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All events and meetings held in the MABE offices are canceled through May 1st.