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View all breakout sessions & descriptions for Annual Conference plus meet our guest emcee

Members will experience 15 breakout sessions at the ASBA/ASA Annual Conference focused on the following topic areas: Wrap Around Services/ Community Schools, Governing in Virtual World, Equity, Communications & Engagement and Promising Practices. Here is a preview of sessions attendees can learn more about plus meet our guest emcee, Gregory Offner who will be emceeing our event and live entertainment during our Celebration Cafe!  

  • Hidden Gifts: Equitable Practices for Identifying and Assessing Gifted Students
  • By The Book: Tips for Forming Community Partnerships
  • Don’t Get Burned: Sunshine Law, Serial Conversations and Social Media
  • Going the Distance with Distance Learning
  • Digital Citizenship: Supporting Our Students (and Ourselves) with Navigating Our Digital World
  • Leading for Equity: How Boards Can Begin or Accelerate Their Educational Equity Efforts
  • School Counselors Can Do (Virtually) Anything

Click to read the descriptions for each session topic!



Throw your hat in the ring! Become an officer on the ASBA Board of Directors

It’s your time to shine. We want to celebrate your district’s achievements! Participate in the ASBA Annual Awards Program.

Members interested in running for president-elect, treasurer or secretary for 2021 must submit an online application by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020.

Five officers serve as the executive committee on the ASBA Board of Directors. They are the president, president-elect, treasurer, secretary and immediate past-president. Each position is held for a one-year term. The officers serve on the board alongside 17 county directors and ex officio voting members that include caucus and alliance presidents.  

View position descriptions, application and other information here.

Questions regarding this application and the election process should be directed to Kristi Sisk, executive assistant to the executive director, at or 602-254-1100.

This year, we will be celebrating the following awards:

  • Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award
  • All-Arizona School Board Member Award
  • Honor Roll Award
  • ASBA Golden Bell Promise Program Award
  • ASBA Pillar Award for Advocacy

 Please note: Student awards have been moved to the spring of 2021.

All nominations and entries must be submitted using the online forms. Nominations are now open and close Friday, October 16.

School district governing board membership in the Arizona School Boards Association is required to nominate/apply for an award and to receive an award. Nominations and entries must be received by Friday, October 16.

Submit now


Sign up for the Governance #WednesdayWebinars that focus on policy and advocacy issues

We are excited to offer our members #WednesdayWebinars to dig deeper into areas of Equity, Governance and Communications. Register for the upcoming October 21 webinar, “It’s YOUR Policy: Taking It from Model to Meaning.”

Webinars will be scheduled on Wednesdays with the goal of providing two webinars per month from 4-5 p.m.

View the list of upcoming webinars on Governance for 2020-21:

Plus more! You can find all Wednesday webinars on the ASBA events webpage.

Can’t view the webinar live? No problem. Go ahead and register and you will receive the recording automatically by email so you can view it later. There is no cost to register for this webinar.  We encourage advance registration.


ASBA’s political agenda set for 2021

ASBA members discussed its political agenda during this year’s Virtual Delegate Assembly, Saturday, October 17. ASBA’s position on issues is based on the association’s political agenda, were discussed, debated and approved by ASBA membership. Thank you to all the district delegate representatives that attended and voted. The political agenda will be sent to all members very soon.

View the recorded Delegate Assembly.


Leading for Equity: Two-Part Virtual Training (INCLUDES NEW WORKBOOK)


Diversity, equity and inclusion are high priority for today’s school leaders, but the time has come to do more than talk about these issues. The question is, where do you start?

ASBA’s one-of-a-kind, interactive workshop, tailored to school board members and district leaders, will generate ideas and help you discover pathways towards a more equitable and inclusive space for students, families and staff.

This workshop will take place during two three-hour segments over two consecutive days, offering flexibility for you to participate and still have time to complete your daily work.

Participants will gain knowledge and insight as well as a workbook designed to support you as you work to lead for equity. This training is for school board members, superintendents, administrators and staff that want to dig deeper in this work.

Key takeaways from this workshop include:  

  • Foundational Premises of Educational Equity
  • Preparing for the Work of Equity
  • Defining Equity Within Your Community
  • Digging Into Data
  • Practicing Cultural Awareness, Humility and Agility
  • Embedding Equity System-Wide
  • Demonstrating Your Commitment  

Part 1: Nov. 9, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Arizona (9am-12pm PST)
Part 2: Nov. 10, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Arizona (9am-12pm PST)


    Heidi Otero, ASBA Director of Communications
    Nikki Whaley, ASBA Board Support and Training Specialist
    Julie Bacon, ASBA Board Support and Training Specialist

Promotional Pricing: $75 for ASBA members, includes both session and the new workbook ($100 for non-members).

Click here to register by Nov. 1, 2020.



Have questions on 15.511 and other election topics?

Listen to the ASBA Pop-Up Webinar: Elections, 15-511 and Your Questions that ASBA recently held for members. The webinar focused on an overview of the statute on elections and school resources.

Download the presentation.

View or listen to webinar recording.

All webinar recordings and presentations can be found on the ASBA website.


How does Board Docs help school districts?

Click on the latest video to learn what school districts are saying about the value of Board Docs and the services it provides our members.



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