Leadership Program


Leadership Program

After completing the first year of board service, members have the opportunity for comprehensive continuing education through MABE’s Board Leadership Program. This program provides members with the next level of knowledge and skills necessary to govern effectively.

This program consists of the following elements and may be completed within 2 years:

  • A minimum of eight (8) courses selected from the Board Service Academy workshops. Please note:
    • Participants must complete “Understanding the Work of the State Board” and a course addressing board culture or effective governance
    • Attendance at the MABE Conference, NSBA Conference, NSBA Equity Symposium, NSBA Advocacy Institute, or another approved non-Academy learning opportunity can be used in place of two Board Service Academy workshops
  • Read NSBA’s Key Work of School Boards and complete the questionnaire in the packet
  • Attendance at a board of education meeting other than your own
  • Participation in board and/or MABE leadership activities such as MABE committee membership or leadership activities on your own board
  • Up to two check-in conversations with MABE’s Director of Board Development (optional)

Workshops change from year to year and in the past have included:

  • Understanding the Work of the State Board* – gives board members a greater understanding of the State Board, how it operates, and the kind of decisions it makes
  • Policy Development – the policy development process including strategies for using board policies in the decision-making process
  • Assessment – the elements of assessments and using data to drive student achievement
  • Leadership – understanding the nature and process of board leadership
  • Budget – the underlying components of funding formulas and budget process
  • Communication – effective skills that enhance communication with fellow board members and stakeholders
  • Working with the Media – strategies for Staying on message@ and effectively managing media relations
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members
  • Facilitating Meetings – strategies for effectively conducting a meeting
  • Legislative Skills – methods and strategies for working with local, state, and federal legislators to advance the public education agenda
  • Leadership in Supervision and Evaluation of the Superintendent – best practices and use of evaluation tools to achieve system goals

Program Cost: $475. This includes all materials, registration for Board Service Academy courses, and coaching/mentoring for the duration of the program. The cost of registration for the MABE conference, NSBA events/conferences and other non-Academy education sessions are not covered by this fee.

*Course required for Program participants

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.