What training is available?
KASB provides training for all new board members, introducing them to the important work of governing and guiding their district as it prepares students for success. A number of resources developed by our Leadership Services can be found HERE.
KASB Leadership, Advocacy and Legal staff facilitate these highly-interactive workshops. Participants discover answers to common questions, such as the authority of a board of education, the role of policy and what it takes to govern a school system to support student success. The training will help you begin your journey by giving you an basic understanding of budget and finance, school law (including open meetings and executive session requirements), boardsmanship basics, communication and advocacy.
Each new board member receives a copy of KASB’s “Guide to Boardsmanship in Kansas.” This comprehensive manual covers all areas of school governance-the nuts and bolts of how to operate as a governing board and the roles and responsibilities of the board, superintendent and staff.
While officially titled "new board member workshops," the content of this training is a great review for veteran board members as well. The best way to participate is to make sure at least one veteran board member/mentor and the superintendent attend the workshop with the new board members.
The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is an excellent source of information for board members in all phases of their service, from newly elected to well-seasoned!
KASB's whole board training program uses NSBA's The Key Work of School Boards as one of many training resources available. The focus is to improve student achievement by leveraging every available resource, including increasing connections with the community.
Who - or What - is KASB?
KASB is a not-for-profit organization located in Topeka, Kansas and dedicated to serving members of governing boards for unified school districts, community colleges, area vocational-technical schools and cooperatives, interlocals and regional service centers.
One of the best ways to learn more about the Association is to spend some time on our website. Click around! the link below will give you a quick overview of who we are and how we serve Kansas Public Schools!