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Read Me! ASBA Board of Directors Update

ASBA 2024 Executive Officers at Board Retreat in Tucson Jan. 7, 2024. Photo by Jade Frazier/ ASBA

Welcome to the new 2024 ASBA Board of Directors!

The ASBA Board of Directors met on Jan. 7, 2024 for a Board Retreat, and would like to share this update with members. Throughout the year, expect to hear updates from your ASBA Board of Directors.

Board vacancies:

  • The Board approved WAVE JTED Board Member Sarah Hall as the New Mohave County Director.
  • School board members in Maricopa County are encouraged to apply for the vacant Maricopa County Co-Director seat by Jan. 10, 2024. Please contact Chief of Staff Kristi Sisk if you are interested at
  • Graham County will hold a virtual meeting to elect their County Director on Jan. 22, 2024. Graham County school board members interested in being a candidate should contact Chief of Staff Kristi Sisk at by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19. No candidates will run from the floor.
  • The Board rescinded the resignation of former president James Bryce, and he will serve on the Board as Past-President.

Executive Director:

  • The Board will hire a firm to conduct a search for a new Executive Director and plans to have the new Executive Director selected by July 1, 2024.
  • Ellen White will continue to serve as ASBA Acting Executive Director until the new Executive Director starts.

We want to assure all members that the ASBA Board is committed to working collaboratively, ensuring open communication and maintaining transparency as we embark on new initiatives and navigate changes within ASBA.

Your trust is paramount, and we are dedicated to keeping you well-informed every step of the way, fostering confidence in our collective efforts for the betterment of our educational community. 

Celebrate National School Board Recognition Month in January!

It’s National School Board Recognition Month in January and we’d like to thank you school board members for everything you do to help Arizona students thrive and succeed!

Every school board member has a reason why they serve their local school district and community.

“I serve because kids need someone to stand up for them,” said Wendy Effing, ASBA Pima County Co-Director and Flowing Wells USD Governing Board Member.

Please share with us what you’re doing to celebrate school board members so we can share it on social media and in our email newsletters by emailing Multimedia Communications Manager Jade Frazier at

If you’re looking for resources to celebrate National School Board Recognition Month, click here for a sample proclamation, superintendent statement and social media copy.

It’s Time to Elect Your Board President!

Each year, your school board elects a new president during the first organizational meeting in January.

Leading up to that decision, school board members discuss who is interested in that leadership role and each of them personally weigh the increased time commitment it requires to be a leader among leaders, if they are the best fit for the goals the board has set for the upcoming year, assess whether they are skilled at running a board meeting effectively and efficiently as well as determine their ease at addressing conflict within the community or the board-superintendent team.

Superintendents can support their board members as they elect a board president by providing structure and reminding members that elections are coming up, said Mitra Khazai, ASBA Board Secretary and Madison ESD Governing Board Member.

“Generally, my superintendent will remind us who’s been president when so we know if there’s a member who has not had that leadership opportunity and also provide the specific language for making all of those motions,” Khazai said.

ASBA’s School Board President Handbook includes information about the work and role of the board president, information about the legal requirements of the organizational meeting, effective and efficient meetings, the planning and work that goes on between meetings, professional development for board members. and managing board dynamics. You can purchase copies of this valuable resource at the ASBA Bookstore or contact Leadership Development Administrative Assistant Betnahrain Gabriel at or 602-254-1100.

Save the Date: Advocacy Day Is Feb. 12 at the Capitol

Students from around the state take part in ASBA Advocacy Day 2023 at the Arizona State Capitol. Photo by ASBA

Join us for Advocacy Day at the historic Senate chamber at the Arizona Capitol on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.

Registration for this FREE event opens January 16 on the ASBA Events webpage.

Get ready for a day of connecting with fellow school board members and ASBA’s Governmental Relations Team to discuss key issues impacting public education this year, learn how to be a more effective advocate, find out more about upcoming education bills from ASBA Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman, meet with Legislators, and hear from students.

School board members will have the option to make an appointment to meet with their Legislators in the afternoon to discuss issues important to their students or observe legislative proceedings. If you need assistance in making an appointment with your Legislators, please contact Governmental Relations Coordinator Gina Moss at or 602-254-1100.

Get the latest public education news in your email with ASBA Governmental Relations In-Session Updates, weekly highlights, regulatory hearing summaries and so much more. Click here to sign up now.

The latest update shared information about Gov. Katie Hobbs State of the State address on Jan. 8 to the Legislature that outlines her budget priorities, shares the ASBA 2024 Political Agenda created and approved by members, and encouraged members to sign up for advocacy alerts.

Make sure your voice is heard at the Capitol by sharing your input on key education bills by creating an account on the legislative request to speak system. Click here to fill out the Request to Speak form and ASBA Governmental Relations staff will enter your information in the system at the Capitol.

Become an ASBA Advocate!

  1. Text JOINASBA to 52886
  2. You will receive a text message with a link to join our advocacy efforts. Click it!
  3. Enter your information, including your home address to link you with your elected officials (ASBA will never share or sell your information)
  4. That’s it! You’ll receive action alerts from ASBA to easily contact your elected officials to support district schools! Be on the lookout for opportunities to practice during the conference.

Share with your friends and family who also want to help district schools! Anyone can join at any time.

Super Users: Register Now for ASBA’s Free Regional Trainings

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Calling all PolicyBridge Super Users! Register now for ASBA PolicyBridge Regional Training to supercharge your expertise.

See why this FREE training at locations throughout the state is a Super User’s Dream:

  • ASBA PolicyBridge Regional Training is your express lane to mastering education policies, governance and leadership.
  • Our regional trainings are designed with Super Users in mind, offering the latest insights and strategies for navigating the dynamic education landscape.
  • The best part? They are absolutely FREE!

📅 Click on the links below to find out more and register for FREE Regional Trainings at the location nearest you: 

Central AZ
Feb. 7 – Tolleson UHSD 

Southern AZ
April 11 – Sunnyside USD
April 12 –  Tombstone USD 

Northern AZ
June 10 – Holbrook USD
June 11 – Prescott USD

Reminders for Super Users attending the FREE Trainings:

  • Please bring your own laptop or other device to the training.
  • Also, bring any outstanding work or adoption dates.
  • At the trainings, the Super User mascot will be unveiled.

Registration Opens Next Week for ASBA’s Women’s Conference and Expo!

Attendees at the ASBA Annual Conference 2023. Photo by ASBA

Get ready to be empowered, inspired and transformed at the ASBA Women’s Leadership Conference and Expo!

Registration opens January 18 on the ASBA Events webpage for this event where you will connect with like-minded professionals and elevate your leadership skills! 

You don’t want to miss this groundbreaking, inaugural event that will be held March 5, 2024, at Desert Willow Conference Center at 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85040.

Our conference kicks off with a captivating keynote speaker, Mallika Chopra, who will ignite your passion for leadership and success. Be ready to be inspired and motivated!

Mallika Chopra

Breakout sessions include:

Visionary Leadership: Strategic Decision-Making for Tomorrow’s Triumph: Immerse yourself in the art of visionary leadership as we explore strategic decision-making tailored for women leaders. Discover how to align your vision with actionable strategies, make informed decisions and lead with purpose. Our speakers will share insights on navigating uncertainty, fostering innovation and turning your vision into impactful leadership. Join us for a session that empowers you to lead with clarity and shape a successful future.

Elevate and Embrace: Emotional Intelligence in Women’s Leadership: Join us for an enlightening session focused on Emotional Intelligence (EI), a key element in unlocking your leadership potential. Our speakers will guide you through conquering self-sabotage, fostering self-awareness, and building resilient leadership skills. Learn how EI can be a transformative force, empowering women leaders to navigate challenges, build strong relationships, and thrive in diverse professional landscapes.

Harmonizing Voices: Leading with Synergy in Multi-Generational Teams: Immerse yourself in a rich dialogue with our expert panel of women leaders as they share insights on harmonizing the diverse voices within multi-generational teams. Explore strategies for fostering collaboration, understanding unique perspectives and cultivating an inclusive environment that celebrates the strengths of every generation. Discover how to leverage the collective wisdom and create a harmonious symphony for unparalleled success in leadership.

EmpowerHer Finance: Securing Your Tomorrow – Women, Wealth, and Wise Financial Planning: Delve into the realm of financial empowerment with our session dedicated to women leaders. Explore strategic financial planning, wealth-building tactics and wise investment decisions. Our expert speakers will guide you through navigating the financial landscape, empowering you to secure a prosperous tomorrow. Join us for insights, practical tips and a roadmap to financial success in your leadership journey. 

Radiant Leadership: Developing Your Personal Brand for Success: Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery and brand development. In this session tailored for women leaders, learn how to craft and elevate your personal brand. Our esteemed speakers will share insights on building authenticity, enhancing visibility and strategically positioning yourself for future success. Join us for an empowering exploration of personal branding that aligns with your leadership aspirations. 

In addition, attendees will receive a swag bag, have the opportunity to get professional headshots, shop with vendors, take part in built-in networking time and enjoy a fashion show.

Join us in celebrating the power and potential of women in leadership. ASBA’s Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo promises to be an unforgettable experience. Be a part of this extraordinary journey to inspire, transform, and succeed! 

Click here to learn more on ASBA’s Events page now.

Upcoming Events

Attendees at the 2023 ASBA Annual Conference. Photo by ASBA

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
February 7, 1 pm – 4 pm
Tolleson UHSD 

Advocacy Day (Save the date!)
February 12, 9 am – 3 pm
State Capitol
Registration opens January 16

2024 Annual Conference The Science of School Social Work
February 29, 7 am – 4:30 pm
ASU West Valley Conference Center
4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306
This conference features keynote addresses and breakout workshops that are valuable not only for school social workers, but to all educators. Click here to find out more and register.

ASBA’s Inaugural Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo! Empower. Inspire. Transform.
March 5, 9 am – 6 pm
Desert Willow Conference Center at 4340 E. Cotton Center Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85040
Registration opens January 18

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
April 11, 1 pm – 4 pm
Sunnyside USD        

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
April 12, 1 pm – 4 pm
Tombstone USD 

Summer Leadership Institute (Save the date!)
June 6-8
Marriott Little America in Flagstaff

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
June 10, 1 pm – 4 pm
Holbrook USD

Attention Super Users! Join ASBA Policy Bridge Regional Trainings for FREE and Supercharge Your Expertise!
June 11, 1 pm – 4 pm
Prescott USD

Find out more at ASBA Events.

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