Member Services

Member Services
Professional Development for Individual Members

Each year NASBE gives new state board members the opportunity to gather with experienced board members and staff at the New State Board Member Institute. NASBE helps support these new members by covering the costs of two members from each state. Held every summer in Arlington, Virginia, the Institute is designed to equip new board members with skills, knowledge, and insider tips that will enable them to be more effective board members.

Always one of NASBE’s most popular conferences, the program includes case studies in policy development, “how to” sessions on dealing with the media and handling state board business; special current issues sessions; information on how NASBE can assist state boards and individual members; and many opportunities for questions and answers and group participation. Learn more.


NASBE continues to be a leader in the education community because of its role in convening people and organizations to explore the national issues and problems facing our children. NASBE uses study groups, task forces, commissions and networks to investigate the issues and make reports and policy recommendations which are published by NASBE. This year’s (2015) study groups focus on school leadership and career readiness respectively.


Held every spring, conference gives you the opportunity to engage with members of Congress, U.S. Department of Education senior officials, and other prominent national education community stakeholders concerning current federal legislative and regulatory activities. Learn more.


NASBE’s Annual Conference focuses sessions on the latest thinking across a wide range of education topics, on the professional development of board members and on the formulation of state education policy. The Annual Conference brings the challenges of shaping the future of education to board members through a multitude of means, including small group discussions, live and video presentations, seminars, and large group interactions. Held every October, the Annual Conference also features the release of important reports, presentation of awards (including Policy Leader of the Year, Friend of Education, and the Distinguished Service Awards), the annual business meeting which includes the election for President-elect, and ample opportunity to meet with colleagues in both formal and informal settings. Learn more.


NASBE is using technology to bring state board members together through webinars, conference calls, and social media. Recent webinars have included The Role of State Boards in Advancing Deeper Learning, PARCC and SmarterBalanced Field Tests webinars, Keys to Understanding State Level School Health Policies, and Next Generation Science Standards and Professional Development. Webinars are held throughout the year by various NASBE projects and as part of the work of our study groups. See our upcoming webinars here or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.


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