Board Development

NASBE provides a number of services aimed at building capacity for boards and developing boardsmanship among its members.

Boardmanship Review

Boardmanship Reviews outline strategies for implementing efficient operational practices for effective State Board governance. NASBE’s website has an archive of policy briefs covering a wide range of boardsmanship topics. These reviews cover topics ranging from parliamentary procedure to conducting a policy review on an issue. To access these briefs, click here.

Boardmanship Review

New State Board Member Institute

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.

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New State Board Member Institute – Class of 2014

Technical Assistance & Field Services

States often call upon NASBE to assist them with research or policy development on specific education issues or to help them through a process such as long-range planning, boardsmanship skills training, media training, policy audits, or the selection and evaluation of chief state school officers.

Boardsmanship skills training, one of the most popular services NASBE provides to individual boards, includes goal and priority setting, strategic planning, internal communications, managing information flow to and from the board, policy development, working with the news media, and relations with the chief and Department of Education staff.  Other topics include administrative relations with the chief and relationships with interest groups, establishing coalitions, program review, and board self-evaluation. Training is tailored to the specific needs of the state board.

Project staff for the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools is available to assist education decision makers to develop new or revise existing policies and programs. They can: conduct school health policy audits; assist in drafting policies, facilitate study sessions; lead workshops; make presentations at meetings or conferences.

State Projects

Many states initiate model programs through their involvement in key projects developed by NASBE and funded through external sources. States that participate in the projects benefit from technical assistance using the latest research, the development of model policies and programs, the in-depth analysis of education issues, and the increased influence and visibility of the state board in the education community.

NASBE has been able to assist as many as twenty states in procuring grants through projects and partnerships in which NASBE is involved, including school leadership, early childhood, adolescent literacy, high school redesign, HIV prevention, school nutrition and teacher induction.

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