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ASBA Voting Guide to announce 2021 slate of officers

The slate of officers for 2021 will be released to members on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, via the ASBA Voting Guide to ASBA Officer Positions. (The guide will be emailed to members and posted here when it becomes available.)  

Per ASBA Bylaws, the ASBA Nominating Committee put forth a slate of candidates. The slate consists of one or more nominees for each office. All individuals who applied were moved forward by the nominating committee. The deadline to apply for one of the three officer positions was Nov. 5, 2020.

ASBA will hold its Annual Membership Meeting on Dec. 3, 2020, from 3-4:30 p.m. in conjunction with the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference. This will be a virtual meeting and is open to all ASBA members.

Membership Meeting Agenda

The agenda will consist of:

  • A state of the association overview
  • A preview of priorities for 2021
  • The election of a president-elect, treasurer and secretary to the ASBA Board of Directors

Who Should Attend?

Individuals from all ASBA member boards are encouraged to attend. The registration form is below. Anyone registered to attend the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference will be automatically registered to attend the Annual Membership Meeting.

 Who May Vote for Officers?

All ASBA district member boards may assign a delegate (and an alternate) to attend the meeting and cast their board’s vote in the election of officers for the ASBA Board of Directors.

Boards who do not register their delegates via the online form (below) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, will not be able to vote.

 Please note: A brief online tutorial on the VPoll online voting system will be provided to delegates the afternoon of Tuesday, Dec. 1. Participation is strongly encouraged to avoid technical difficulties the day of the meeting.

Does Our District Have a Delegate?

If you’re not sure if your district has a delegate or who that person is, contact Gina Moss at

Identify Your Delegates and Register to Attend

Click here for more details and to identify your delegate, if you have not already done so. You may also use the form to register other individual board members to join the meeting as non-voting attendees. This must be done by Monday, Nov. 23, 2020.

HNAIC officer elections – are you interested in serving?

The ASBA Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus (HNAIC) will hold its Annual Business Meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at 5 p.m. via Zoom. Election of the following officers will take place at the meeting:

  • President
  • VP-Native American
  • VP-Hispanic
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

The term of each office is two years. As 2019-2020 President, I will serve with the new officer team as Immediate Past President.

Eligibility to Run, Serve and Vote

To run for an office, you must be a paid caucus member, in good standing with ASBA and be serving on your local school board for the two-year term of office (2021- 2022). (Not sure if you are a paid member? Contact Jolene Hale at

How to Run for an Officer Position

If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please complete the brief online self-nomination form no later than Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, to be considered by the nominating committee for the slate of candidates that will be presented to members for a vote at the meeting.

Click here for the self-nomination form (Note: It is at the bottom of the webpage.)

Expectations of HNAIC Officers

Officers are expected to attend all regular HNAIC membership meetings and monthly meetings of the HNAIC officer team.

The HNAIC president serves on the ASBA Board of Directors and is expected to attend all regular meeting of that board, as well as the annual retreat. As a member of the ASBA board, the HNAIC president is also encouraged to attend ASBA workshops, conferences and events to represent the caucus. The HNAIC president receives complimentary registration to ASBA events.

A committed officer team is essential to the success and effectiveness of the caucus.

Slate of Candidates

A slate of candidates will be emailed to HNAIC members on Nov. 24 along with a Zoom link to attend the HNAIC Annual Business Meeting.

Who Can Vote?

The HNAIC Annual Business Meeting is open to all ASBA members, but only paid caucus members are eligible to vote. (Not sure if you are a paid member? Contact Jolene Hale at

AZEdNews latest article: More schools have announced that they are returning to online learning or continuing it as COVID-19 cases rise

More schools have announced that they are returning to online learning or continuing it as COVID-19 cases rise around the state, and public health officials say they’re expecting it to get worse after Thanksgiving.

The concern is that asymptomatic students or school staff may inadvertently spread COVID-19 to other students who could bring that back to susceptible adults in their families or to school staff who may be more susceptible to the disease or members of their families, Kotterman said.

“If parents want schools to stay open, they need to observe good practices outside of school and have got to be transparent about whether their students are ill,” Kotterman said to AZEdNews.

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Is your newly elected board member registered for New Board Orientation, Dec 2 or 11?

Election results are final in all Arizona counties and that means you may have new governing board members in your district. Orienting board members-elect is a critical step in developing a solid leadership team. ASBA is excited to introduce our signature event for the newly elected/appointed board, Virtual New Board Member Orientation (NMBO).

Please note is it legal and appropriate for the district to cover registration costs for newly elected/appointed board members for this event.

Virtual NMBO will be held on Wednesday, December 2 or 11, 2020.

This full-day virtual training will provide an overview of the basics of board service for newly elected or appointed school board members, including governance and practical boardsmanship, policy, funding, advocacy and board-community relations, as well as an overview of the services and opportunities provided throughout the year by ASBA to school boards statewide.

The Virtual ASBA-ASA Annual Conference will be held the following two days, December 3-4, 2020.

The full agenda and registration details for NBMO can be found here

The full agenda and registration details for Annual Conference can be found here.

NBMO is also an excellent “refresher” opportunity for your district’s leadership team as well! 

Before I exit stage left, a few thoughts to share

Written by Linda Lyon, ASBA Past President

With little over two months to serve on ASBA’s Executive Committee, I find myself contemplating my past seven years of involvement with this great organization. I’m incredibly grateful for the experience and honor to have served you all. Before I exit stage left, I’d like to share just a few thoughts with you.

1. We highly value local control because we believe those closest to our communities and our students, know best how to serve their needs. That is true, but only when those exerting that   “local control” are well-trained and understand and practice, good governance. School board members have great responsibility and must be dedicated to continuous improvement not only in their districts, but within themselves. After all, it is we who set the tone for excellence (or not).

2. We must not only hold our district superintendents accountable, but ourselves as well. Of course, you say, everyone knows that. Maybe, but if your board isn’t evaluating your superintendent annually as well as doing a board self-evaluation, you aren’t doing enough to hold everyone accountable. ASBA has a new board self-evaluation tool you can use if you need it.

3. I believe many school boards don’t realize the full potential of their power. I’m not referring to the power you exercise in your districts. I’m talking about the power you can exert through ASBA and also, collectively and individually, at the Legislature. Many of you represent a large constituency. When you talk through our ASBA lobbyists, with a letter from your board to your elected representatives, or to your legislators yourself, you are speaking for all the people you represent; your students, and your community. This can be powerful and, in my opinion, should be a tool each of us uses more.

4. I once asked a long-retired school board member why he had first run for the school board. He said it was because the greatest joy of his life was to learn and that he knew he would experience a lot of continuous learning by serving on the school board. I totally agree with him and can verify it is also what I’ve most enjoyed. Not just at the local level, but at ASBA conferences and trainings. And as good as ASBA training is, I’ve often learned as much from my peers at these events as I did from the formal sessions. That is also the case with my service on ASBA committees, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

Like just about anything else in life, you will likely get out of your school board service what you put into it. If you want to serve on a larger scale, ASBA will help guide your efforts, because our Association is only as strong as all of us make it. Let your voice be heard, stand up for what you believe in, and wisely wield the power you hold. Your students need it and deserve it.

WEBINAR TODAY: Strategies to use when introducing new superintendent to community plus more

We are excited to offer our members #WednesdayWebinars to dig deeper into areas of how to tell powerful stories, how to introduce a new superintendent or helping your district overcome barriers of trust plus more.

Register for today’s November 18th webinar, How to Introduce New District and School Leadership to the Community.

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 communications and engagement for 2020-21:

Wednesday Webinars: Focus on Communications: How to Introduce New District and School Leadership to the Community

Wednesday Webinars: Focus on Communications: How to Use Storytelling as a Powerful Advocacy Tool

Wednesday Webinars: Focus on Communications: How to Engage Your Community to Overcome Barriers to Trust

Wednesday Webinars: Focus on Communications: Protocols for Social Media Engagement and Online (and Offline) Conversations

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.

Speak Up, Stand Up, Save a Life Conference Committed to Saving Lives of Youth Through Inaugural Virtual Conference

Students throughout Arizona will join together in the first virtual conference to Speak Up, Stand Up and Save Lives. Now in its fifth year, the event will run from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on January 19, 2021 and will inspire attendees to create lasting ways to combat bullying, depression and suicide at their schools. The conference is free of charge thanks to partnerships and donations and is open to all schools in Arizona.  

The conference offers students a chance to hear from local and national speakers who will address hope, resilience, self-compassion, empathy and the power within us all to care enough to speak up, stand up and save a life. Another highlight of the conference will be the presentations of the Difference Maker Awards to a student, law enforcement official, and teacher.

The conference is for students in grades K-12, adults and volunteers. There will be individualized breakout sessions for each age group along with sessions available for teachers, staff and parents alongside law enforcement members and government leaders to learn how to become trusted adults ready to respond to students in crisis. For additional information or to register, visit the website at


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