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.