Full Board Awards


Full Board Awards

Full boards may earn awards for commitment to training and excellence in boardsmanship and service. These awards include the Total Board Award and the Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award.

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Excellence in Governance Award

ASBA’s highest honor, this award is presented to a governing board demonstrating the most outstanding education leadership for the year. An entry form must be completed. A selection committee chooses the winner. Awarded at the ASBA – ASA Annual Conference in December.

Recognizes governing boards when at least a quorum of members have attained the level of Certificate of Boardsmanship.

Award Criteria

  • Award is based on CEU records.

Submission Deadline

  • Look for more information in Fall 2024.

Award Presentation

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

The Lou Ella Kleinz Excellence in Governance Award is ASBA’s highest honor for a full board. This award recognizes an Arizona school board that has demonstrated outstanding education leadership for the year. It is named in honor and memory of former ASBA Executive Director Lou Ella Kleinz, who served the association from 1971 to 1991.

Past Winners:

Award Criteria

The winning board will have shown board initiative, action and leadership in the following areas:


  • Focuses on students
  • Demonstrates progress in achieving goals
  • Demonstrates a commitment to educational equity
  • Fosters increased family involvement
  • Develops collaboration within the community, such as with social agencies, community groups and other governing bodies
  • Creates a district and school culture which fosters opportunity, access and inclusion and high expectations for all
  • Past winners may apply after seven years and a quorum of the board must be different than the previously winning board

Nominations Open


  • Nominations Open: Monday, September 16, 2024.

Submission Deadline

  • Deadline: 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, 2024.

Submit Here

Nominations are now closed.

Award Presentation

  • The award is presented at the ASBA Tribute to Leadership General Session at the ASBA-ASA Annual Conference. 

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