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Leading Together: Uniting Board Presidents through ASBA County Director Collaborative Conversations

ASBA is pleased to offer an exceptional opportunity for all board presidents to connect and engage with their local school district community through our ASBA County Director Zoom Meetings. Facilitated by your dedicated ASBA County Director, these 30-minute sessions provide a platform for sharing insights, concerns and successes from your respective districts.

Scheduled to commence on Monday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m., these quarterly meetings provide a valuable space for open dialogue and collaboration, fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges and triumphs within our school boards.

ASBA highly values your input and aims to learn more about how we can best serve our school boards, making these meetings an essential avenue for mutual growth and support.

We encourage all board presidents not to miss this chance to connect, listen and contribute to the collective advancement of education in our communities every quarter.

Below are the future dates to the County Director Zoom Meetings:

July 29, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

October 28, 2024, 5:30 p.m.

January 27, 2025, 5:30 p.m.

April 28, 2025, 5:30 p.m.

July 28, 2025, 5:30 p.m.

An email was sent to all board presidents. If you are a board president and didn’t receive the email, please contact Heidi Vega, ASBA Director of Communications at hvega@azsba.org.

We hope you can join us on Monday, April 22, at 5:30 p.m. to receive a legislative update on what bills will impact your local school districts, latest details on the executive director search process for ASBA and an open dialogue with your County Director on issues and initiatives that your districts face.

New Leadership for ASBA Black Alliance

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Rachel Barnett from Littleton ESD as the new Chair and Ed Buster from Vail USD as the Vice Chair of the ASBA Black Alliance. Their selection underscores their dedication to advancing opportunities and outcomes for Black students in our communities.

The ASBA Black Alliance is dedicated to promoting equity in education and enhancing service delivery for Black students. Rachel Barnett and Ed Buster, with their extensive experience and passion, will lead the Alliance towards greater achievements in advancing equity and inclusion in education.

The Chair also serves on the ASBA Board of Directors, as well as the ASBA Legislative Committee and ASBA Equity Committee Their terms will end in December of 2025. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Rachel Barnett and Ed Buster on their appointments and express our gratitude for their willingness to serve in these critical roles.

Get Involved and Make a Difference with ASBA

Are you passionate about shaping the future of education in Arizona? Do you want to play an active role in driving positive change in your local school district and beyond? Then seize the opportunity to get involved with ASBA and make a meaningful impact on the educational landscape! Complete the form to ensure ASBA is aware of your willingness to serve.

Volunteer Opportunities Galore

At ASBA, we believe that every member has the power to make a difference. Whether you’re a seasoned educational leader or a newcomer to the field, there are countless opportunities for you to get involved and contribute your unique skills and perspectives. From serving on committees to representing your district as a delegate or stepping up as a County Director or member of the Board of Directors, there’s a role for everyone at ASBA.

Committees: Drive Change from Within

Joining an ASBA committee is an excellent way to dive deep into specific areas of interest and drive meaningful change within the association. From governance to advocacy initiatives, committees play a crucial role in shaping ASBA’s priorities and strategies. By volunteering your time and expertise, you can help steer the direction of our organization and advocate for the needs of Arizona’s students and educators. Committees are selected by February of every year.

Volunteer for Student Scholarships & Annual Awards Judging

If you’re interested in serving on the judging committee for student scholarships or annual awards, please reach out to ASBA for more information on upcoming opportunities. Your dedication and commitment to supporting student success are invaluable, and we welcome your participation in this important endeavor. Judges are selected by September of every year.

Delegate Representatives: Amplify Your Voice

As a delegate representative, you have the opportunity to serve as a voice for your district and contribute to ASBA’s decision-making processes. By participating in the ASBA Delegate Assembly and the Annual Business Meeting, and representing your district’s interests, you can help shape ASBA’s policies and positions on key educational issues. Your advocacy efforts as a delegate representative can have a direct impact on the policies and initiatives that shape the future of education in Arizona. Delegates are voted on and approved by your school district board by August of every year.

County Directors and Board of Directors: Lead with Purpose

For those ready to take on a leadership role, consider serving as a County Director or member of the Board of Directors. As a County Director, you’ll have the opportunity to represent your county and collaborate with fellow directors to address the unique needs of your region. And for those seeking to make a statewide impact, joining the Board of Directors provides a platform to lead with purpose and drive ASBA’s mission forward. Nominations open August and close early fall.

Lead or Join the Alliance: Advocate for Positive Change for all Students

In addition to these opportunities, ASBA is proud to offer involvement in our Black Alliance, Hispanic Native American Indian Caucus, and Rural Alliance. Chair and Vice Chair position elections are held every two years during a business meeting for the Black Alliance and HNAIC in conjunction with the ASBA Annual Conference in December. Both Chair positions also serve on the ASBA Board of Directors.

These groups offer a platform for members to advocate for equity and inclusion in education, addressing the unique challenges and disparities faced by underserved student populations and working to ensure that all students have equal access to quality education. By getting involved with these groups you can be a part of a powerful movement for positive change in Arizona’s educational landscape. Members can sign up for any group all year long.

Seize the Opportunity: Get Involved Today!

Don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself. Take the first step towards making a difference in education by volunteering with ASBA. Whether you’re passionate about policy, advocacy, or community engagement, there’s a place for you here. Together, let’s work towards a brighter future for Arizona’s students and educators.

There are a variety of volunteer service opportunities to suit a member’s unique professional interests and experiences.

To express interest in serving on a committee or serving on the ASBA Board of Directors, complete the form to ensure ASBA is aware of your willingness to serve. Please contact Kristi Sisk at ksisk@azsba.org for questions or additional inquiries.

Charting the Course: Insights from School District Leaders on Navigating the AI Revolution  

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to revolutionize public education, presenting unprecedented opportunities to transform teaching methodologies, enhance student learning experiences and streamline administrative processes within school districts. School district leaders, from the superintendent, the IT director to the school board members, all play a crucial role in understanding, evaluating and harnessing the potential of AI for the benefit of students, educators and the community. 

School districts must proactively prepare for the integration of AI into educational settings, recognizing it as a transformative force rather than a threat. Embracing AI technologies requires a shift in mindset from fear of the unknown to a proactive stance focused on adaptation and innovation. By staying informed about AI advancements, investing in professional development for staff and establishing robust policies and infrastructure, school districts can position themselves at the forefront of educational innovation.  

It’s crucial to foster a culture that encourages experimentation and exploration, empowering educators and administrators to leverage AI tools effectively for the benefit of all stakeholders. Failure to embrace AI risks leaving school districts behind in the rapidly evolving landscape of education technology, potentially depriving students of valuable learning opportunities and hindering the district’s ability to meet the needs of a diverse student population in the digital age. 

Discover what school district leaders had to say by reading the full article in ASBA’s Journal Magazine.

ASBA Issues Policy Alert: Navigating Open Meeting Law Concerns in School Districts

The Attorney General’s office issued an opinion in February 2024, in response to complaints about possible violations of Open Meeting Law as applied to school district advisory committees and meetings with two or less board members. It concluded that these meetings were not per se violations of Open Meeting Law but should be avoided to maintain the public’s trust. The opinion also offered clarity to help avoid unintended situational violations.

ASBA Policy Services member districts received more guidance and clarification regarding this issue in a Policy Alert sent on March 26. The Policy Alert included specific considerations outlined in the opinion that will help to ensure compliancy with Open Meeting Law and avoid potential violations. Policy Services is always available to its subscriber districts for specific guidance or situational assistance for their Open Meeting Law practices.

Please feel free to contact the ASBA Policy Team at 602-254-1100 or by email.  

Upcoming Events

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

Listen to RECORDING: Webinar: Why I Serve: Becoming a School Board Member Part 1
Recorded on March 21, 2024. Download the full presentation and listen to the recording by registering for the past event. An email will be sent with the recording.

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
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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 closes Wednesday, April 10 for ASBA BOLTS.

Summer Leadership Institute
June 6 – 8
Marriott Little America in Flagstaff
Secure your spot early! Registration opens on April 15, 2024.

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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