Academy of Board Development

The ASBA’s Academy of Board Development program is designed to equip board members with the knowledge and techniques necessary to support gains in student achievement, develop policies and practices, engage the community as an advocate for public-school education, and provide responsible district governance in support of your role on the district’s leadership team.

ASBA provides you opportunities to attend workshops, conferences, webinars, in addition to immersing yourself in eLearning options and on-site district-based training.

Professional development opportunities support the following objectives:

  • To provide opportunities to gain knowledge and to practice new behaviors needed for better boardsmanship.
  • To recognize the commitment board members make toward their individual and collective need for professional development.
  • To ensure ASBA develops highly effective board members by offering a well-rounded variety of topic areas.

Participants in the Board Academy program will receive a certificate, plaque or pin upon completion of each level within the program. Awards will be determined annually based upon credits earned prior to July 1 each year.

Download the Academy of Board Development Brochure.

Creating Your Well-Rounded Professional Development Plan

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Professional development opportunities support the following objectives:

  • To provide opportunities to gain knowledge and to practice new behaviors needed for better boardsmanship.
  • To recognize the commitment board members make toward their individual and collective need for professional development.
  • To ensure ASBA develops highly effective board members by offering a well-rounded variety of topic areas.

Consider these areas of Professional Development

Effective Board Operations

  • Board meetings/decision-making process
  • Board member relationship
  • Board officer performance
  • Effective board meetings
  • Basic boardsmanship

Budgeting & Fiscal Management

  • Budget
  • School facilities

Communication/Interpersonal Relations

  • Board/community relationships
  • Legislator and governmental relationships
  • Employee relationships
  • Special interests
  • Media relations
  • Community agency relationships
  • Dealing with media and special interest groups

Strategic Planning

  • Board/district goal-setting
  • Mission, Vision, Values setting
  • Tactical planning

Board and Superintendent Relations

  • Legal roles and responsibilities
  • Administrative staff relations
  • Selection, evaluation, and dismissal
  • Communications
  • Contracts

Leadership Skills

  • Listening skills
  • Decision making
  • Influencing others
  • Personal qualities
  • Effective meetings
  • Conflict resolution
  • Team building
  • Group dynamics

Board Policy

  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Oversight

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Planning
  • Auditing
  • Compliance
  • Accreditation
  • Accountability: student achievement

School Law & Ethics

  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Oversight

Current Issues and Specific Board Development

Professional Development Tracking

Participation and credits for the Board Academy awards are tracked and accounted for through paid registration and attendance at eligible events.

Tracking is based on one hour of (classroom) instruction. Credit may range from one to several hours per developmental opportunity.

Professional Development Credit Form

Hourly credit can be earned for the following activities:

  • ASBA Conferences such as the Summer Leadership Institute, Law Conference, Legislative Conference, and Annual Conference
  • Annual County Meetings
  • Regional Courses
  • ASBA provided eLearning courses
  • Individual on-site Board Training
  • Board Self-Evaluation In-service Activity
  • ASBA training webinars and podcasts
  • Specific NSBA Workshops (approved by ASBA)
  • Attending workshops and webinars hosted by ASBA-recognized groups, such as ASA, NSBA, AASA, AASBO, ABEC, CUBE, and ADE

Recognition for Training

Participation in the Academy of Board Development demonstrates commitment by individual board members to develop knowledge and skills related to school district governance. ASBA annually honors that commitment through the following recognitions for training.

Certificate of Orientation

Requires: Completion of ASBA’s New Board Member Orientation Program (6 hours)
(Required as a prerequisite for all other awards)
Check out our NBMO eLearning modules which, when all are taken, can equate to completing the CofO requirement.

Certificate of Boardsmanship

Requires: 36 hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Associate of Boardsmanship

Requires: 60 hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Master of Boardsmanship

Requires: 84 hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Superior Training Accomplishments & Recognition (STAR) Awards

In honor of the diversity within our state, the STAR awards are presented close to your home at your local County Meeting which are held in the fall each year.

Awards are presented to members who continue in their quest for ongoing professional development:

  • Copper – 150 hours
  • Turquoise – 300 hours
  • Silver – 450 hours
  • Gold – 600 hours

Total Board Boardsmanship Award

Granted to a board when at least a quorum of members has attained the level of a Certificate of Boardsmanship, with the remainder having earned the Certificate of Orientation, granted as a result of completing New Board Member Orientation.