Board Member Awards


Academy of Board Development Awards for Professional Development

As part of ASBA’s Academy of Board Development, awards are presented to individual board members for personal efforts toward professional development as a board member.


Academy of Board Development

ASBA’s Academy of Board Development program recognizes school board members for their commitment, through ongoing professional development, to continuous improvement in service to their students, schools and communities.

The Arizona School Boards Association Pillar Award for Advocacy recognizes school board members for service in the advocacy arena that goes above and beyond their regular board duties. The pin will be awarded to members who have accumulated a total of 125 points based on the below activities.

Submission Deadline

5 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020

Award Presentation

This award is presented in conjunction with the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

Additional Information

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The All-Arizona School Board Member Award is ASBA’s highest individual board member honor. This award is bestowed on up to five Arizona school board members who exemplify best practices in boardsmanship, understand their roles and follow through on their responsibilities. The honor is awarded for proven records of active service on the governing board, leadership at local, state and federal levels, contributions to ASBA and/or NSBA, demonstrated concern for the district’s children, rapport with fellow board members, commitment to boardsmanship training, and support of ASBA and its activities.

Submission Deadline

5 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020

Award Presentation

This award is presented in conjunction with the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

The Honor Roll Award recognizes retiring board members who were nominated by their boards for outstanding service. The recipients have either retired since the last annual conference or are planning to do so after serving at least two consecutive terms (at least eight years of service) on their boards.

Award Criteria

The nominee must meet the criteria stated above. In addition:

  • Before submittal, the school board on which the nominee serves/served must take board action to endorse the nomination.
  • The official, online entry form is then completed fully.

Submission Deadline

5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 20, 2020

Please note: The Honor Roll Award is the only award that closes November 20 (for recognizing retiring board members)

Award Presentation

This award is presented in conjunction with the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference.

Effective board service requires board members to be well-versed (have a solid understanding of?) on a wide variety of subjects. Throughout the year, ASBA offers workshops, conferences, and events that enable board members to delve into topics like these:

Effective Board Operations

  • Board meetings/decision-making process
  • Board member relationship
  • Board meetings/decision-making process
  • Board member relationship

Budgeting & Fiscal Management

  • Budget
  • School facilities

Communication/Interpersonal Relations

  • Board/community relationships
  • Legislator and governmental relationships
  • Employee relationships
  • Special interests
  • Media relations
  • Community agency relationships
  • Dealing with media and special interest groups

Strategic Planning

  • Board/district goal-setting
  • Setting mission, vision, values
  • Addressing equity

Board and Superintendent Relations

  • Legal roles and responsibilities
  • Administrative staff relations
  • Selection, evaluation and dismissal
  • Communications
  • Contracts

Leadership Skills

  • Listening skills
  • Decision making
  • Influencing others
  • Personal qualities
  • Running effective meetings
  • Conflict resolution
  • Team building
  • Group dynamics

Board Policy

  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Oversight

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Planning
  • Auditing
  • Compliance
  • Accreditation
  • Accountability: student achievement

School Law & Ethics

  • Development
  • Implementation
  • Oversight

Current Issues and Specific Board Development

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Participation and credits for Academy of Board Development awards are tracked and accounted for through paid registration and attendance at eligible ASBA events.

Credit is based on one hour of (classroom) instruction. Credit may range from one to several hours per developmental opportunity.

Hourly credit can be earned for the following activities:

  • ASBA Conferences such as the Equity Event, Summer Leadership Institute, Law Conference, Legislative Workshop, and Annual Conference
  • Annual County Meetings
  • Regional Courses
  • Custom on-site Board Training
  • Board Self-Evaluation training
  • ASBA training webinars and podcasts
  • The NSBA Annual Conference, Equity Symposium, Advocacy Institute, and CUBE Conference
  • Attending workshops and webinars hosted by ASBA-recognized groups, such as ASA, AASA, AASBO, ABEC, ADE and NALEO trainings up to 12 hours per year, not to exceed hours earned by attending ASBA activities in that year.
ASBA recognizes the efforts of its members to increase their knowledge base and further their professional development by attending conferences, workshops, and webinars sponsored by other organizations. ASBA, for the purposes of our Academy of Board Development Awards, will accept a limited number of continuing education units (CEUs) earned from other education-related organizations.

ASBA tracks earned CEUs in a fiscal year format, from July 1- June 30 each year, and awards are presented at county meetings in September and October.

ASBA CEUs can be earned by attending training events of the following organizations*:

  • American Association of School Administrators (AASA)
  • Arizona Association of School Business Officials (AASBO)
  • Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC)
  • Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
  • Arizona School Administrators (ASA)
  • National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO)
  • National School Boards Association (NSBA)

CEUs Earned From Organizations Other Than ASBA


  • ASBA members can earn a maximum of 12 hours of CEUs annually from organizations other than ASBA
  • The 12 or fewer CEUs earned from other organizations will be awarded up to but not exceeding the number of ASBA acquired CEUs in any given year

  • Member Linda Learner earned 12 CEUs from NSBA and 20 CEUs from ASBA. Linda would have 32 total CEU hours that year for the ASBA Academy of Board Development Awards program.
  • Member Sam Smart earned 15 CEUs from NSBA and 5 from ASBA. Sam would have a total of 10 CEUs for that year; since the NSBA earned CEUs cannot exceed the total ASBA CEUs, he earned 5 NSBA CEUs and 5 ASBA CEUs for a total of 10 CEU hours for the ASBA Academy of Board Development Awards program.
To submit hours from other organizations for CEU consideration, please complete the Professional Development Credit Form

You can now view your own hours of professional development with ASBA’s new database by clicking here.

Recognition for Training

Participation in professional development earns board members Academy of Board Development continuing education units (CEUs). Completion of ASBA New Board Member Orientation is the doorway to receiving recognition for professional development. This foundational one-day session is held in December of even-numbered years. Once completed, board members will begin receiving awards when they reach various levels of attainment.

Certificate of Orientation

Requires: Completion of ASBA’s New Board Member Orientation Program (6 CEU hours)
(Required as a prerequisite for all other awards)

Certificate of Boardsmanship

Requires: 36 CEU hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Associate of Boardsmanship

Requires: 60 CEU hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Master of Boardsmanship

Requires: 84 CEU hours.
Recognition of this accomplishment will be provided and your annual County Meeting.

Superior Training Accomplishments & Recognition (Star) Awards

In honor of the diversity within our state, the STAR awards are presented close to your home at your local County Meeting which are held in the fall each year.

Awards are presented to members who continue in their quest for ongoing professional development:

  • Copper – 150 CEU hours
  • Turquoise – 300 CEU hours
  • Silver – 450 CEU hours
  • Gold – 600 CEU hours

Total Board Boardsmanship Award

Granted to a board when at least a quorum of members has attained the level of a Certificate of Boardsmanship, with the remainder having earned the Certificate of Orientation, granted as a result of completing New Board Member Orientation.