Board Support & Custom Training
The Arizona School Boards Association provides a variety of training opportunities throughout the year. From regional workshops and statewide conferences to individual board trainings and online resources, ASBA helps prepare school boards and school board members to build knowledgeable, equipped and inspired governance teams.
Open Meeting Law
Board members should take the time to read the law and retain a copy for future reference.
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Thinking of Running
The Arizona School Boards Association is committed to quality leadership and advocacy for children in public schools. We know the best way to guarantee a quality school in every Arizona community is a well-functioning, locally elected school board. As such, we are dedicated to supporting the efforts of potential and future school board governing members.
Since you may be interested in running for a school board position, ASBA has compiled information for aspiring board members here.
How to Become a School Board Member
Just Got Elected
More than 90,000 men and women are members of local school boards in the United States, all serving as important trustees of the nation’s public education systems. In Arizona, approximately 1,200 individuals serve as locally elected school board members.
Becoming an effective board member begins with the philosophy that you are there to serve the children of the district by providing the best education possible with the resources that are available. Every decision at the board table should be focused on how this vote will help the district improve educational outcomes for students and meet its strategic vision.
The Arizona School Boards Association can help boards support the students in their communities through training, policy development and advocacy efforts.
For more information on your new position, view our Custom On-Site Trainings page.
Read About ASBA Custom On-Site Trainings
Academy of Board Development
Professional development provides school board members with focused and structured opportunities to:
- Gain content knowledge and skills required to effectively govern their school districts
- Remain current on issues affecting education and student outcomes
- Acquire critical leadership skills and competencies
ASBA’s comprehensive professional development offerings are delivered through workshops, conferences, events, webinars and custom, on-site board trainings, all designed to equip board members to:
- Support gains in student achievement and greater educational equity
- Develop effective policies and practices
- Engage the community as an advocate for public school education
- Provide responsible district governance as part of a leadership team
ASBA tracks the participation of individual board members in professional development activities and annually presents Academy of Board Development awards for various levels of attainment.
To earn awards through the Academy of Board Development, a board member first must complete ASBA New Board Member Orientation. This foundational one-day session is held in December of even-numbered years.
It’s an intensive, highly interactive, relevant and authentic group learning experience designed to result in outcomes tailored to each participant’s own goals.
Custom Trainings and Facilitation
Request On-Site Training
Learn more about training opportunities for ASBA member boards by emailing Nikkie Whaley, Board Support and Training Specialist, or calling 602.254.1100 or 800.238.4701.
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Be Training Prepared
Your district must be an active or associate member to request a training. Please visit our ASBA Membership page for more information.