What does board leadership look like across Arizona?

ASBA Mini Documentary: Meet Board Member Tadeo De La Hoya from Gadsden ESD

Research shows that community leadership is one of the five key works of school boards that can impact student achievement. The documentary videos in this series will amplify and clarify the role of individual board members as community leaders who can strategically motivate, persuade, inspire, inform and make connections outside the board room in a strategic and visionary manner that benefits the district by generating public and family support.

  • Leadership conversations beyond the board table, with parents, neighbors and community leaders, support and reflect your conversations and priorities at the board table.
  • Through public advocacy and community engagement, school boards share their concerns and action with the public. Community leadership that builds that public support is vital to implement the board’s vision.
  • Effective boards employ the art of influence – through legislation and strategic engagement, to generate public and parental support. They exert leadership in a visionary manner.
  • Effective boards recognize the public school’s impact on the community and how strong connections means everyone is invested in successful schools.
  • Effective boards and their superintendents lead as a united team, each from their respective roles and with mutual trust.
  • Effective boards inform and engage stakeholders in setting and achieving goals.

Throughout this year, ASBA will tell the stories of board members who are initiating conversations beyond the board table, with parents, neighbors and community leaders on enhancing family engagement, business and civic engagement, collaboration and advocacy.
These are their stories. Meet Tadeo De La Hoya, board member from Gadsden ESD and ASBA Yuma County Director.

Save The Date: 2019 Lobby Day


ASBA student internship opportunities available


ASBA is looking for high school and college students who are interested in interning with the ASBA Communications Department. We offer several different opportunities for each semester. We are currently looking for interns to start in 2019 fall semester and 2020 spring semester.

Media Productions Intern (high school student in grades 11-12)

Digital News Intern, Arizona Education News Service (undergraduate or graduate student)

Cambridge School Showcases

Center for Future of AZ

Did you know that Arizona schools implementing the Cambridge International instructional system are leading the way in establishing a learner-centered environment focused on achieving college readiness for all students? The Center for the Future of Arizona is pleased to invite you to a Cambridge School Showcase to see how the Cambridge instructional system is helping Arizona school communities create a college going culture that dramatically expands opportunities for students. We welcome school board members, superintendents, principals, and education advocates to join us at an upcoming event to learn more:

Cambridge School Showcase at Rio Rico High School (Rio Rico, AZ)
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
9:30 AM to 12:30 PM (Lunch Provided)
Register Today!

Cambridge School Showcase at Lee Williams High School (Kingman, AZ)
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM (Lunch Provided)
Register Today!

A close relationship with school board members as educators is vital

A letter to ASBA from Perla Rodriguez, Roosevelt ESD

Our Roosevelt community that is located in the heart of South Phoenix is special in that our parents, teachers, students, and community members genuinely love our students. That community has supported my program for years the best they were able to. We were invited to perform in Tucson for the Arizona State Board Association on January 11th, 2019. Performing for the Arizona State Board Association gave my students the opportunity of a lifetime! As we traveled to Tucson, I had prepared my students to perform for some of the most impactful decision makers in our state. Arts Education in our schools is necessary and having the opportunity to perform for these impactful people was meaningful.

In a time where we are bringing back arts education, it’s important to know the why? Our students deserve as many options to develop into well rounded educated adults. For all of them, the arts are a way to tap into their minds and hearts to motivate their future. With the support of our school boards statewide, this can become a time where Arizona is driven by the needs of our children.

Having a close relationship with our school board members as educators is vital to the ideal that we are all here for one purpose: the kids. Being able to reach out and say, “Our students needs are…” and be met with, “We will do everything we can for them,” is the best case scenario.

The impact ASBA has had on my performing group, Eagle Band from Valley View Leadership Academy in the Roosevelt School District, was life changing. For them, they felt the love that our board members have for children state-wide. Let us all keep forging ahead, working side by side, making decisions that are in the best interest of our children. They are the future, let us keep preparing them for a world full of music, art, and everything that arts education has to offer.

Ms. Perla Rodriguez
Band Director
Valley View Leadership Academy
Roosevelt School District

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Equity Event and Pre-Conference, Feb. 13-15

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SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING and Session Description DETAILS! Equity Event 4 Weeks Away!

The Pre-Conference on Feb. 13 will be held at the Heard Museum and includes a special tour on Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience!

The Equity Event on Feb. 14-15 will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and includes keynote speakers, Dr. Victor Rios, Changing Mindsets: moving from At-Risk to At-Promise PLUS special screening of “The Pushouts,” A Documentary and Joy Mohammed, Practicing Cultural Awareness, Agility & Competence: What Districts can Do to Affirm and Value Diversity and Inclusion.

Preview session topics now.

Board Operations and Leadership Training Seminar (BOLTS), Jan 25, 30 and Feb. 1

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BOLTS seminars are provided in Phoenix, Flagstaff and Tucson which focus on leadership topics for school boards and superintendents. An administrative assistant track is also provided. This event will be held on January 25, 2019 in Tucson, January 30, 2019 in Phoenix and February 1, 2019 in Flagstaff.

A special track for admin professionals is also included.

Register now.

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