ASBA Summer Leadership Institute

ASBA’s Summer Leadership Institute will be held virtually June 11. Registration now open.

This summer conference encourages school boards and super­intendents to get away together to help expand their learning on diverse topics and current educational issues.

Even though we won’t be in Flagstaff, this event is still a great way to work as a board team with your superintendent in leadership areas. An administrative assistant track is also provided. You will also have an opportunity to collaborate with your own counties.

Materials and Zoom login details will be emailed to all attendees June 8 before the virtual event. Please check your spam inbox if you do not receive it. This information can be found on the website for this event.

Please contact Katie Link at or call the ASBA office if you need additional assistance at 602-254- 1100 OR 1 -800-238-4701.


Neil Staker

President and Founder of Collaborant

Neil Staker can be a boring guy. He hasn’t seen a movie since the Reagan administration. Ask him what he likes to do for fun, and he’ll answer: “Yardwork.” (Seriously.) But talk to him about people, organizations, or improvement and out of that dull cocoon a fascinating butterfly will emerge. He’s turned his tightly-wound practicality into a decades-long career helping organizations and the people in them be better at collaborating, communicating, resolving, motivating and engaging.

Personable, knowledgeable, and incredibly helpful, Neil Staker has a Masters of Organizational Behavior degree from Brigham Young University and a quarter of a century of experience in organizational development. Neil is known for his clear, approachable and interactive speaking style. He has taught communication skills to thousands of people including leaders from American Express, Symantec, Cerner, UMB Financial and Monsanto.

Friday, June 11, 2021

8:15 am - 8:30 am

Zoom Log In

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, ASBA Executive Director, and Ann O'Brien, President, ASBA Board of Directors

8:40 am - 8:50 am

School Board Trivia, Round 1

ASBA Staff

8:55 am - 11:45 am

Collaborate: How to Work More Effectively with Others

Neil Staker, Speaker and Workshop Leader

“We’re often our worst when it matters most. Conflict, tough conversations, and trying to influence others can bring out frustration and annoyance in us and others. In this engaging and interactive session, we’ll learn the underlying foundation principle for effectively working with others. We’ll also learn and apply 3 powerful ideas for being your best in any situation. You'll have greater influence, create buy-in, and enjoy genuine collaboration. Improved results and relationships will follow.”

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch and Food for Thought with County Directors

ASBA County Directors

Attendees will be entered into breakout rooms by county, where each County Director will host conversations with board members and superintendents from their counties.

12:40 pm - 1:25 pm

Breakout Sessions: Round 1 (choose from 2 sessions) plus ASAP session

  • Breakout: The Arizona We Want: The Decade Ahead
    Arizonans overwhelmingly agree on seven shared public values. The findings from the study clearly show we have deeply shared concerns about the future for our state and what life will be like for future generations, as well as frayed trust in one another and our leaders to fully achieve these goals. These difficult realities illuminated by the data lend urgency and clarity to where further examination and work is needed.
    Speakers: Amanda Burke, Ed. D., Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives, Center for the Future of Arizona
  • Breakout: The Coming School Year: How Can School Districts Maximize Social Emotional Learning to Meet Students' Needs
    Quality SEL instruction and programming increases SEL skills in students and has also been found to increase improved attitudes about self, others and school, positive classroom behavior and social behaviors, gains in academic achievement. Learn how school districts can use SEL to improve outcomes for students in the coming school year and beyond.
    Speakers: Jon Bowen, SEL Learning Specialist, Paradise Valley USD

  • ASAP Breakout: Working with a Fractured Board: Strategies to Help
    Being in the middle of challenging team dynamics is hard. Learn from a seasoned superintendent and current board member some strategies to help everyone on the leadership team despite their perspectives.
    Speakers: Dr. Gabriel Trujillo, Superintendent, Tucson USD, and Julie Bacon, ASBA Board Support and Training Specialist

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Legislative Wrap-Up and Upcoming Policy Issues

Chris Kotterman, ASBA Director of Governmental Relations, Chris Thomas, ASBA General Counsel and Associate Executive Director, and members of the ASBA Policy Team

What do we need to know from the 2021 legislative session? ASBA staff will give you updates and upcoming policy issues.

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Breakout Sessions: Round 2 (choose from 2 sessions) plus ASAP session

  • Breakout: I Care, But I Don't Understand the CARES Act: What Board Members Need to Know
    The CARES Act and ESSER funds will provide significant resources to school districts. Hear from an expert in these funds the opportunities and limitations they present and how board members can have an impact.
    Speakers: Peter C. Laing, Policy Advisor, Arizona Department of Education (ADE)
  • Breakout: Learning Loss: What We Know
    NWEA conducted a study on learning loss in the wake of COVID-19 and remote learning. This session will give you the data and recommendations for school districts moving forward.
    Speakers: Karyn Lewis, Senior Research Scientist, NWEA Center for School and Student Progress

  • ASAP Breakout: Trials and Tribulations of the Public Records Retention and the Public Records Request Process
    There is so much to know about public records retention and public records requests. In this session, we will breakdown the requirements and helpful strategies so the processes are easily understood and simplified using real word examples and engaging Q&A.
    Speakers: David DeCabooter, ASBA Policy Consultant and Staff Attorney, and Heidi Otero, ASBA Director of Communications

2:45 pm - 3:00 pm

School Board Trivia, Round 2

ASBA Staff

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Teaching During a Pandemic: Inspiring Stories from the Classroom

Heidi Otero, ASBA Director of Communications, and 2021 Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors

The Arizona Education Foundation 2021 Teacher of the Year and Ambassadors will join ASBA's Heidi Otero to share their experiences teaching during the pandemic. You won't want to miss hearing their uplifting stories!

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3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

School Board Trivia - Answers and Winners!

ASBA Staff

4:00 pm - 4:15 pm

Welcome Home: Thoughts for the Year Ahead

Dr. Nic Clement, Ernest W. McFarland Citizen's Chair, Department of Educational Leadership, Northern Arizona University

Has the past year and a half felt like five years? Do you feel like you are visiting a strange place when you are in the district office or your schools? Are you feeling uninspired about school board service? This session will help you to reinvigorate, refocus and realize your purpose and service as a school board member.


June 11, 2021

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Virtual Event

Event Registration

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