New Board Member Orientation

December 11, 2020 - June 10, 2021

new board member

New Board Member Orientation (NBMO) provides the basics of board service for newly elected or appointed school board members. We have updated our NBMO format so that it includes two full days of content for this year’s group of new board members, provided in two, one-day events.

Materials and Zoom invitation for NBMO Virtual Part 2 on June 10, 2021 will be sent out to all attendees TUESDAY, June 8, 2021. Please contact Katie Link for questions at or call 602-254-1100.

Password protected materials here.

NBMO Virtual Part 2 – March 26, 2021 and June 10, 2021

8:45 am - 9:00 am

Zoom Log In

9:00 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:00 am

Facilitated Conversation: What is the Most Surprising, Inspiring, and Difficult Thing You Have Learned So Far?

Nikkie Whaley, Board Support Specialist

This will be an opportunity to share your most inspiring revelation and/or the most difficult thing you have faced so far in your time as a board member.

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Teamwork: Essential Components

Nikkie Whaley, Board Support Specialist; Julie Bacon, Leadership Development Specialist

You are but one member of a team. And you need the rest of the team to get anything done. We will take a look at communication styles and the essential components of team dynamics.

10:30 am - 10:45 am


10:45 am - 11:15 am

Communication is Key!

Effective boards have a set of expectations for communication and professionalism. We will give you a framework to utilize when discussing this with your board.

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Conflict or Not?

Chris Thomas, General Counsel and Associate Executive Director

You will hear a lot about conflict of interest but what is a legal conflict of interest in board service?

11:45 am - 12:15 pm


12:15 pm - 12:45 pm

Funny, Uplifting and Illuminating Stories from School Board Veterans

Hear from a panel of veteran school board members about their experiences serving their districts. You will learn about a variety of experiences from remote, rural, suburban and urban school districts.

12:45 pm - 1:00 pm

What Does It Take to be Board President?

Chris Thomas, General Counsel and Associate Executive Director; Julie Bacon, Leadership Development Specialist

How is being board president different from being a board member? What skills are needed to effectively navigate the board presidency?

1:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Top 5 Advocacy Issues for 2021

Chris Kotterman, Director of Governmental Relations; Leigh Jensen, Governmental Relations Associate

What is the ASBA governmental relations team working on this legislative session? Learn the top three advocacy issues for 2021.

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Board Policy: The Who, What, Why, Where and How

ASBA Policy Team

Your policy manual is important but why do we need some of them? We will take a look at the pipeline from legislation to policy development.

2:00 pm - 2:10 pm


2:10 pm - 2:35 pm

Evaluations: The Board and Superintendent

Nikkie Whaley, Board Support Specialist

The board has a legal responsibility to evaluate the superintendent. Best practices show us that boards need to evaluation themselves. We will take a look at both processes and how boards can navigate them.

2:35 pm - 3:00 pm

You Asked For It! Q and A with ASBA Staff

You probably have lots of questions from the first months of serving on your board. Our staff will tackle those questions and provide some guidance.

Additional Information

June 10, 2021 @ Virtual Event

8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Event Registration

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