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2021 Board Service Academy Series

 

Academies will be held virtually until MABE determines it's safe to meet in person, at which point Academies will be held at the MABE offices. 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

January 21, 2021, 9:30-12:30

Children and communities are best served when local school districts have a robust governance team. NSBA has identified the core skills that effective boards need to ensure that all students achieve at high levels, and together these skills form a framework for effective school governance called the Key Work of School Boards. With the skills learned in this workshop, you will create vision by exploring, questioning, assessing, and working with others to improve student outcomes.

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Open Meetings Act

February 3, 2021, 9:30-12:30

Maryland’s Open Meeting Act is more complicated than just providing public notice of your meetings. How do you know if your board complies, and if not, how can you avoid the penalties for non-compliance. This workshop can help by providing an overview of Maryland's Open Meetings Act law and discuss some of the cases and complaints that have come before the Open Meetings Compliance Board.

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Board Chair & Superintendent Relationship During Challenging Times

February 25, 2021, 9:30-12:30

The Board and Superintendent have distinct and separate roles, and together they form the district's leadership team. This relationship can be strained during challenging times. During this session, you will review both parties' roles and responsibilities, foster trust, and communication strategies, especially during times of crisis.

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The Trust Edge for School Districts

March 30, 2021, 9:30-12:30

Do you trust your fellow board members? Doesyourcommunitytrust their school board members? If the answer is no, it is time to explore how to gain back trust to see a positive shift in staff retention, student enrollment, and student achievement. You will learn the Trust Edge 8-Pillar Framework as outlined in David Horsager's national best-seller, "The Trust Edge."

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Parliamentary Procedure

April 28, 2021, 9:30-12:30

Learn from an experienced parliamentarian the best way to conduct your board meetings and still comply 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 meetings more efficient and productive.

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Effective Board Teamwork

May 13, 2021, 9:30-12:30

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

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Legislative Policy Implications - Cancelled

May 27, 2021 9:30-12:30

Legislative sessions move fast and can be complicated; what if you can keep up with what decisions impact Maryland education? This session will provide you and your board with all the news from Annapolisyou need and prepare you to undertake legislative requirements that directly impact Maryland schools.

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Ethics

June 17, 2021, 9:30-12:30

Do you and your fellow board members always act ethically? The major no-nos are pretty straightforward, but there are many times when there is a fine line between good intentions and unethical behavior. During this workshop, you will learn what you need to know about Maryland's ethics laws, analyze real-life scenarios, and the consequences for failure to comply.

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Communications and the Role of a Board Member

June 29, 2121 - 9:30-12:30

What your message when a community member calls? Are you oversharing? Should you post on social media? If you aren't sure of the answer to these questions, this is the workshop that can save you a lot of time and potential embarrassment. You will not only
learn how to balance your personal and public life, but how to support the district's communication staff and navigate social media.

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Open Meetings Act

August 24, 2021, 9:30-12:00

Maryland’s Open Meetings Act is more complicated than just providing public notice of your meetings. How do you know if your board complies, and if not, how can you avoid the penalties for non-compliance? This workshop provides a thorough understanding of Maryland's Open Meetings Act law and qualifies participants for the legal requirement that at least one member of each local board be trained. (VIRTUAL)

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Educational Equity is Board Governance Work -- Is Your Board Ready?

August 25, 2021, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

MABE has developed a facilitated Educational Equity Board Governance Workbook to help determine where your board is on the journey towards providing educational equity for each of your students. The Educational Equity Board Governance Workbook will facilitate a step-by-step process to empower your board to use your governance role in the quest to provide equity for each child in your schools. This session will equip your board to be successful in efforts to follow Maryland law which requires local boards to focus on educational equity. (VIRTUAL)

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What the Blueprint Means for Collective Bargaining

November 12, 2021, 9:30 am - Noon

What do you know about the Blueprint for Maryland's Future Act, and more specifically, its immediate impacts on every local board as their teams negotiate teacher contracts for the next school year? For example, mandated pay raises take effect on July 1, 2022 for teachers with National Board Certification. Longer term, what does the Blueprint say about providing salary increases and negotiating career ladders by 2024? Join us for an engaging academy session featuring a panel of attorneys, experienced negotiators, and MABE staff to provide a timely focus on what board members need to know. (VIRTUAL)

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All Board Service Academies and committee meetings are virtual during this time.

If you have any questions, please email jbeltz@mabe.org.