Applications for ASBA's Leadership Lab open March 12

Are you a school board member who is curious, reflective, ambitious, open, flexible, committed to positive change, and, above all, believe the success of public education is the cornerstone for building Arizona’s future? If so, we encourage you to apply for ASBA’s Leadership Lab.

The Leadership Lab is an intensive, highly interactive, relevant and authentic group learning experience designed to result in outcomes tailored to each participant’s own goals. Every Leadership Lab graduate will emerge with an actionable Leadership Growth Plan to guide their current and future service, leadership and impact. Each Learning Lab session includes issue education, skill-building, and self-work and personal reflection.

Each Learning Lab session will be a full day on Friday (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.), with an optional group dinner, and a half-day Saturday (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Participants must attend all sessions to graduate. Sessions will take place in September 2018, November 2018, January 2019, May 2019 and June 2019.

The cost of this yearlong, 50 CEU program, including all curricular materials, plus snacks and lunch each day, is $950 per person. Participants are responsible for travel and lodging costs (at a reduced ASBA rate), as well as optional Friday night dinners.

Applications will be available online beginning March 12 and due by April 6, 2018. For any questions or additional information, please contact Julie Bacon, ASBA’s Leadership Development Specialist.

Together, we will accomplish more

A message from Dr. Timothy Ogle, ASBA Executive Director

I am proud to be part of an association with such courageous leadership. As school board members, you contribute to changing the culture and quality of life by building a better state for the students attending public schools across Arizona.

Last year, we were successful in moving the needle forward by spearheading and coordinating the state court filing of a lawsuit to address dramatic underfunding of school capital, creating original research which was published and utilized to articulate ASBA’s positions before legislators, the governor’s office and the State Board of Education, including the A-F Task Force, and influenced discussion and action on topics including results-based funding and vouchers.

Our aggressive statewide media relations and original stories reported by ASBA’s Arizona Education News Service ( led to heightened reporting on vouchers and the teacher shortage. And let’s not forget the report released by ASBA and AASBO on student support and classroom spending, which reframed district spending priorities, rivalling the Arizona Auditor General report on classroom spending, and the new online advocacy system we implemented to target and amplify the voice of members across the state. These are very important successes that should be celebrated, but the work is never done.

This is a good time to look forward and continue to innovate and redefine our services to the K-12 community. In 2018, ASBA will continue to work with full boards to achieve effectiveness and peak performance by providing the new online ASBA Board Self-Evaluation, and related support and facilitation services. View our custom on-site trainings we offer our member districts.

We also recognize that individual board members need our assistance to overcome challenges and increase effectiveness to reach their full potential as leaders. ASBA is excited to introduce the Leadership Lab, an exclusive year-long opportunity for individual board members to explore and grow their leadership potential.

We have come so far together! What I have come to know in my years as a former teacher, principal, curriculum director, lobbyist and superintendent is that organizational change only comes from within. Together, we will accomplish more. We will continue to advocate for a long-term plan to better meet the needs of all K-12 students attending a public district school from state leaders to fully fund education and implement the changes we need in public education to ensure that students can succeed in Arizona.

We encourage you to read our ASBA Annual Highlights for 2017 which outlines this past year’s highpoints and department updates.

Preview FREE recordings from Annual Conference breakout sessions

ASBA encourages members to attend events that provide quality and vital professional development opportunities to help you grow as a school board member. We encourage you to click and listen to two free recordings of the highest attended breakout sessions during the Annual Conference.

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ASBA is excited to welcome Consuelo Castillo Kickbush as SLI’s keynote speaker who will be presenting on “Effective Leadership in Today’s Global Marketplace.” Join us in Flagstaff, June 7-9. Conference and hotel registration opens April 2.

Check your Facebook feed to ensure ASBA updates are showing up

Facebook recently announced a change to their algorithm that gives precedence to content from family and friends over pages like news sites and organizations. From breaking news to fact sheets and governance briefs, staying up to date with all of ASBA’s Facebook updates only takes a few clicks. Here’s a step-by-step guide to ensure you keep seeing our posts.

Casa Grande UHSD superintendent search ends Feb. 26

View all current searches available – Case Grande, Littlefield PLUS more. ASBA offers a wide range of search services, from full searches for a new superintendent to advertising for an interim superintendent. View the current positions available across the state.

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Our advocacy updates are out of this galaxy! ASBA’s GR team reports from outer space. Tune in on Fridays, 3 p.m. for Facebook Live advocacy updates, and remember to look for the edited video on Mondays to find out where your GR Team will be reporting from next!

Attending an ASBA event in fall?

ASBA Events

The Equity Event, March 22-23

Register now!

Click to see are keynote speakers, learn about taking your district’s equity pulse PLUS rotate through four sessions designed to build practical knowledge and skills for equity action and impact at the board level.

Summer Leadership Institute, June 7-9

Conference and hotel registration opens Monday, April 2, 2018. We continue our summer tradition by traveling to northern Arizona at Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

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