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.

Password protected materials here.

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2020-2021 Event Schedule

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Learn About ASBA Events

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NBMO Virtual Part 1 – December 2, 2020 or December 11, 2020

8:45 am - 9:00 am

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9:00 am - 9:10 am


Dr. Sheila Harrison-Williams, Executive Director and Steven Chapman, President, ASBA Board of Directors

9:10 am - 9:30 am

ASBA Overview

Tracey Benson, Associate Executive Director

Who is ASBA? What do we do? Who are our members? How can we help? Our staff will give you an overview of our organization, their responsibilities and the services we provide to members.

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Students First: An Examination of Educational Equity and Arizona's Student Population

Nikkie Whaley, Board Support Specialist

Data on the makeup of AZ students and an examination of equity for board members to consider as we strive to ensure every student is successful.

10:00 am - 10:45 am

Legal Basis for Governing Boards

Chris Thomas, General Counsel and Associate Executive Diretor

From where do boards derive their power and what powers do boards have? Learn from our General Counsel why boards work the way they do, the work they do and the work they don't do.

10:45 am - 11:00 am


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Open Meeting Law

Chris Thomas, General Counsel / Associate Executive Director

What is Open Meeting Law and how does it apply to governing boards?

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm


12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Where the Rubber Meets the Road - Your Board Meeting

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

Board meetings are more than board meetings--they are public relations events and the time to board has to discuss and vote on issues that will affect every aspect of the school district.

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

The Board, the Budget and Public Education Funding

Ken Hicks, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, Dysart USD and Nikkie Whaley, Board Support Specialist

School district funding is complicated and, to the layperson, seems almost impossible to understand. This session will give you a baseline understanding of school funding.

1:45 pm - 2:00 pm

Your First Board Meeting: The Organizational Meeting

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

What is going to happen at my first board meeting? What is an organizational meeting?

2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

The Job: Welcome Aboard! What Now?

Julie Bacon, Leadership Development Specialist

What should newly elected and appointed board members be doing between now and taking office in January. We'll provide a very specific list is tasks and information you should know before your first meeting.

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Wrap Up and Final Questions

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 five 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

March 26, 2021 @ Virtual Event

8:45 am - 3:00 pm

Event Registration

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