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Contact Julie Bacon for ASBA Leadership Development Training & Board Support 

Julie Bacon

Please welcome back, Julie Bacon, who will be working with ASBA on a consulting basis to provide leadership development training, board support services, content development for conferences and events as well as lead superintendent searches.  

ASBA offers individualized training and professional development opportunities throughout the year that enhance the work of Arizona governing boards and encourage continued learning and improvement. Trainings are offered when and where you need them. 

Popular sessions include: 

  • In Board Self-Evaluation Part 1, the board reviews evaluation results with a neutral facilitator who can help guide the conversation to build consensus around focus areas the board would like to address. During Part 2, the facilitator helps the board create goals and objectives. 
  • For Board Operations and Communications Protocols, a facilitator helps the board develop and document protocols for communication with each other, staff and the community. This training helps build trust, team cohesion and expectations for communication between the board and superintendent, staff, students, community members, as well as before, during and after meetings, during emergencies, school visits and community meetings. 
  • At an Overview of Strategic Planning session, a facilitator guides your board and superintendent team through a review of the strategic planning process, the importance of community involvement, the district’s current mission, vision, values, goals and available data and helps the team identify strengths and needs. An additional session would help the leadership team create a timeline for next steps, including the development of strategic goals. 
  • A Team Member Style training helps build good working relationships with your leadership team by learning about four team member styles, identifying strengths and trouble spots of each style and gaining insights on working with other styles on the team. The materials used during this session are by HRDQ. The team will have the opportunity to discuss their styles with one another. 

 In addition, ASBA Leadership Development and Board Support Services offers 2-hour professional development sessions that help your team: 

Identify ways to have productive and effective board meetings 

  • Examine the different but interconnected roles and responsibilities of the superintendent and board 
  • Learn more about team member style and building good working relationships 
  • Assist the board to develop criteria for a superintendent search to become search ready 
  • A facilitator-led session Educational Equity (Overview) using ASBA’s Leading for Equity Framework that provides steps boards can take to create conditions where every student can succeed 
  • A facilitated superintendent evaluation training where the board and superintendent discuss the board’s or ASBA’s new superintendent evaluation tool and best practices that enhance superintendent and district performance 

 ASBA also provides 3-hour facilitator-led training on board operations and communications protocols, board self-evaluation parts 1 and 2 and strategic planning overview as described above. 

Upcoming professional development opportunities include: 

For more information or to set up a training, please contact ASBA Consultant Julie Bacon at email or call (602) 254-1100. 

Opportunity to Serve as Chair or Vice Chair of ASBA Black Alliance

School board members attend the ASBA Law Conference. Photo courtesy of ASBA

Dear ASBA School Board Members, 

I hope this email finds you well. As the Immediate Past Chair of the ASBA Black Alliance, I am reaching out to encourage you to consider submitting your name for consideration to serve as Chair or Vice Chair for our esteemed alliance. 

The ASBA Black Alliance is a vital group within the Arizona School Boards Association, dedicated to enhancing opportunities and outcomes for Black students in our communities. Through various activities, we strive to promote equity in education, improve service delivery, enhance recruitment efforts, increase access to allies and foster cultural and social competence among public education leaders and partners. 

Serving as Chair or Vice Chair of the ASBA Black Alliance is a significant opportunity to make a tangible impact on the educational landscape in Arizona. The Chair of the Black Alliance not only serves on the ASBA Board of Directors but also plays key roles in the ASBA Legislative Committee and ASBA Equity Committee. 

According to the Alliance bylaws, only the Black Alliance Chair must be of African American descent. However, we encourage all interested individuals to get involved and serve in whichever capacity aligns with their passion and expertise. Both terms end in December of 2025. 

All submissions will be presented at an upcoming ASBA Black Alliance meeting to be voted on according to the bylaws. More details regarding the date and time of this meeting will be communicated to you soon.

Deadline to submit is Friday, March 8, 2024, by 5 p.m. 

Click here to submit your name for consideration to serve as Chair or Vice Chair for ASBA Black Alliance.

Should there be any questions or further clarifications needed regarding your submission, please do not hesitate to reach out to Kristi Sisk at She will be more than happy to assist you. 

Your participation and dedication are integral to the success of the ASBA Black Alliance, and we warmly welcome your involvement. 

Thank you for your commitment to equity in education and your willingness to serve the students of Arizona. 

Warm regards, 

Berdetta Hodge
Immediate Past Chair
ASBA Black Alliance 

Unlock the Power of Leadership with BOLTS Professional Development Seminar! 

Dive into the essential components of effective school boardsmanship at the BOLTS Professional Development Seminar — an event that provides you with the nuts and bolts of educational governance and leadership.  

This transformative experience, designed for school boards, superintendents and administrative assistants, will take place in Phoenix on April 19, 2024. 

Event Highlights: 

  • Nuts and Bolts of School Boardsmanship: BOLTS goes beyond the surface, delving into the key elements of effective school boardsmanship. Gain insights into the foundation of successful educational leadership. 
  • Networking Opportunities: Forge connections with peers. Build collaborative partnerships to shape the future of education in your community. Engage in meaningful discussions and share best practices. 
  • School Board Presidency Focus: Elevate your leadership potential with a focus on school board presidency. Explore intricacies of leading a school board and hone skills to navigate challenges and drive change. 
  • Dynamic Leadership Insights: Stay ahead of the curve with the latest trends and strategies in educational leadership. Equip yourself with tools to tackle evolving challenges in education. 

🗓️ Save the Date: April 19, 2024 

🎟️ Limited Availability: Registration opens March 8 and closes April 10.  

📍 Location: Desert Willow Conference Center, 4340 E Cotton Center Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85040 

BOLTS Professional Development Seminar will exclusively take place in Phoenix for 2024, but will return to all three locations — Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff — next year. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Don’t miss this chance to unravel the intricacies of school boardsmanship, focus on school board presidency and sharpen your leadership skills. Join us in Phoenix for BOLTS Professional Development Seminar, where the nuts and bolts of educational leadership come to life! 

Send in Your Nominations for Advocate of the Year 

It’s time to nominate a school board member who has gone above and beyond in advocating for students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade for ASBA’s Advocate of the Year Award. 

ASBA presents this award to a member who shows exemplary dedication in advocating on behalf of students and public schools at the Law Conference in September each year. 

Globe USD Board Member Frankie DalMolin, pictured above with ASBA Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman, is the most recent recipient of this award. 

School board members play a critically important role in supporting the ASBA Political Agenda that they create and Arizona public education. 

Head over to for more information about the award.

Then email ASBA Governmental Relations Director Chris Kotterman at by the May 31st deadline with your nomination for the Advocate of the Year Award.

The Advocate of the Year Award is presented each year at the ASBA Law Conference.

Send in Your Submission for “I Voted” Sticker Contest 

I voted sticker contest graphic from Maricopa County Recorder's Office

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer is excited to announce a  new contest  for residents to help design their own take on the classic “I Voted” sticker.  

Residents of all ages have the chance to make their own version of this iconic symbol that could eventually be handed out to proud Maricopa County voters during the August Primary and November General Elections this year.  

“This contest is an opportunity to get residents engaged in the election process,” Recorder Richer said. “I look forward to seeing all the submissions we get!” 

There will be two contests: A youth contest and an adult contest. 

For the youth contest, applicants must be 17-years-old or younger and enrolled in a Maricopa County school or homeschool equivalent. Contestants are asked to craft a sticker design that highlights what they love about their community.  

The adults contest is opened to any registered voters in Maricopa County. Applicants are asked to create a design that highlights why they choose to vote.  

Applications opened Tuesday, February 6 and close on Friday, March 15 at 5 p.m. 

Each contest will be narrowed down to 10 finalists, which will be announced on Monday, March 25

Those finalists will head to a public vote ending on Sunday, April 7 at midnight. The winners will be announced on Monday, April 8

One winner will be selected from each contest, meaning there will be two original designs: one from the kids contest and one from the adults contest. These winning designs will be added to Maricopa County’s six new sticker designs set to be released this election year. 

Not only will the winner of the youth contest have their design used as one of this year’s official “I Voted” stickers, but they will also receive a pizza party for one of their classes where they will get to pass out their sticker to their classmates. 

All contestants must sign a release form and minors must receive a parent or guardian’s signature in order to participate.  

You can find the link to the application on the Maricopa County Recorder’s Website under “Publications” or by clicking here

You can also view and download the required release form linked in the application or by clicking here. 

You can also view and download the design template by clicking here

Do You Know Someone Interested in Serving as a School Board Member? Share These Resources

School Board Member Todd Wilcox shares why he serves

Do you know someone interested in serving as a school board member? Then direct them to ASBA’s Becoming a Board Member resource page and share your why with them.

On the ASBA’s Becoming a Board Member resource page, prospective board members can download ASBA’s School Board Service Booklet, view videos where Arizona school governing board members share why they serve.

Then, they can go to the events page and register for two upcoming ASBA Wednesday Webinars:

Webinars: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member
March 21, 6 pm – 7 pm
Register now

Webinars: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member Part 2
April 11, 12 pm – 1 pm
Register now

For more information on timelines to take out a packet to be a school board candidate in the upcoming 2024 elections, please let prospective school board members know to go to your county’s educational service agency’s website.

For example, at the Maricopa County Educational Service Agency go to Governing Board Elections & Candidate Information to find qualifications for serving as a school board member, filing a statement of interest, finding out about campaign finance trainings for school governing board candidates, filing a statement of organization, filing petition signatures, important dates and deadlines and scheduling an appointment to file your candidate paperwork.

Encourage Your Students to Apply for ASBA Scholarships to Fund Their Dreams!

Encourage your students top apply now for ASBA Scholarships sponsored by Arizona Council on Economic Education to help fund their dreams!

Please share this ASBA Scholarships flyer with your high school principals, counselors, teachers and high school seniors you serve so they may apply for ASBA Scholarships to help them as they pursue their college and career goals.

Arizona Council for Economic Education Logo

Arizona high school seniors who attend classes in a school district that is a member of Arizona School Boards Association are invited to apply for ASBA Scholarships.

See a list of ASBA member districts here.

Applications for ASBA Scholarships sponsored by Arizona Council on Economic Education opened Feb. 1, 2024, and will close at 5 p.m. on March 29, 2024.

The Jack Peterson Scholarship is awarded annually to at least one Arizona high school senior who plans to pursue education as their major course of study at the college level. Amounts of the awards vary from year to year and are based on annual earnings from the scholarship endowment. Scholarship amounts typically range from $1,000 to $1,500. The scholarship was established in honor of ASBA Executive Director Jack Peterson, who served the association from 1991 to 1998. 

The Panfilo H. Contreras Honorary Scholarship was awarded for the first time in 2013 by ASBA’s Hispanic-Native American Indian Caucus. Hispanic and Native American Indian students are eligible to apply for this scholarship to support their attendance at an accredited postsecondary institution. Last year’s scholarships were $1,000 each. 

The Georgie and Calvin Goode Student Scholarship was established by ASBA Black Alliance in 2021, and was awarded for the first time in Spring 2022. Two scholarships are available. Awards range from $1,000 to $1,250. Scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors who demonstrate an exceptional record of academic growth and a commitment to service to others. Applicants must be a currently enrolled senior in an ASBA member district, Black or of African descent and planning to further their education at an accredited postsecondary institution. 

We’re looking forward to seeing what your students plan to do after graduating high school!

Thank You, Attendees & Sponsors of Women’s Leadership Conference!

Attendees of the ASBA Women's Leadership Conference and Expo

Thank you for joining us to celebrate the power and potential of women in leadership. ASBA’s Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo was an unforgettable experience.

Attendees of the ASBA Women's Leadership Conference & Expo take part in an activity.

Coming soon: You can see more photos of this groundbreaking, inagural event on ASBA’s Flickr page.

We appreciate our generous sponsors for the ASBA Women’s Leadership Conference & Expo for their assistance in putting together this uplifting and inspiring event.

We are grateful to Veregy for sponsoring keynote speaker Mallika Chopra.

We appreciate Grand Canyon University for sponsoring the conference’s continental breakfast.

Thank you to Arizona Council on Economic Education for sponsoring ASBA Student Scholarships.

We are grateful for your participation in this extraordinary journey to empower, inspire and transform! 

Attendees of the ASBA Women's Leadership Conference and Expo

Upcoming Events

ASBA members at Annual Conference

Find out more about upcoming events for ASBA and partner organizations. 

Webinar: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member Part 1
March 21, 6 pm – 7 pm
Register now

2024 School Safety and Security Summit
April 1-2
Renaissance Glendale Hotel
9495 W. Entertainment Blvd., Glendale, AZ
School safety is everyone’s business. Just how safe are we on school campuses across America? What can you do about it? This event is brought to you through the partnership of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Arizona School Administrators. Click here to find out more and register. 

Webinar: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member Part 2
April 11, 12 pm – 1 pm
Register now

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

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

Board Operations & Leadership Training Seminar
April 19, 9 am – 4 pm
Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix
(Registration opens March 7 and closes April 10)

Arizona Technology in Education Association presents the 2024 Curriculum and Technology Symposium: AI: Charting Open Waters 
April 26, 8:30 am – 3 p.m. 
Balsz Community Center at 4309 E. Belleview Street in Phoenix 
Registration open now at 

The CI & IT Leadership Symposium is a full-day in-person event bringing together educational leaders from across the state of Arizona to explore AI challenges, share strategies, and plan for the AI futures that exist between Curriculum & Instruction and IT departments. Sessions will provide opportunities for districts to address their AI journey from vision, guidance, support and beyond. Navigate the uncertainties surrounding AI by collaborating with your team. Come with questions and leave with a treasure map to start, refine, or evaluate your district AI plan!  Flyer link. Topics will include finding your place in the AI continuum, redefining your AI guidelines and diving into action planning. 

Summer Leadership Institute
June 6 – 8
Marriott Little America in Flagstaff
(Registration opens April 15)

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

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

ASBA Law Conference (Save the Date) 
Sept. 4 – 6  
JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale
(Registration opens July 8) 

Delegate Assembly (Save the Date) 
Sept. 7, 8 am – 5 pm
JW Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale
(Registration opens July 10) 

New Board Member Orientation (Save the Date)
Dec. 18
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix
(Registration opens Oct. 21)

ASBA Annual Membership Meeting at Annual Conference
Dec. 19
Free to any school board member who would like to attend
School board members do not need to be registered for Annual Conference to attend this meeting

ASBA-ASA Annual Conference (Save the Date)
Dec. 19 – 20
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort in Phoenix
(Registration opens Oct. 21)

Find out more at ASBA Events.

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