2021 First Term Board Member Webinar Series

Complete schedule and free registration here.

Whether you’re just getting started on your board, or want to brush up on the basics, AASB’s First Term Board Member Webinar Series is for you!

Click the button below to jump to slides, video and audio recordings, and other resources for completed webinars in the First Term Board Members series.

Coming Up Next:

March 4 – Board Policy – Development and Use for Governance

School Boards rely upon their Board policy to govern the district. Find out more about what policy is and is not, how to use it, and how the Board develops and adopts its policies.


March 11 – Working with your Board

Learning how to work with your fellow board members effectively is essential if you are driven to make your board effective. Learn about balancing your perspective and personal beliefs as an individual board member compared to the need to function as a team member to accomplish your board’s mission and vision. Join an AASB Board member and Lon Garrison (AASB staff) as they explore this critical topic affecting board performance.


March 25 – Working with your Community 

Please join one of our exceptional Alaska Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) team members, and an experienced school board member as they lead a discussion on the board’s role in supporting and working to improve community engagement with the district. The cohosts will look at how community engagement is an integral part of a well-functioning board and has direct connections to the five AASB Board Standards: Vision, Structure, Accountability, Advocacy, and conduct/Ethics.


April 1 – School Law Basics

Please join us, and a school law expert, as we will explore the basic laws that govern and regulate public education in Alaska. This informative hour with a school law expert will cover state and federal statutes and practices affecting a school board’s role and responsibility.


April 22 – Holding Your Meeting Remotely

In this final webinar of the 2021 spring season we’ll review some of the ins and outs, and best practices for holding meetings remotely.  Some districts have been holding remote meetings for years, others were forced to start as the pandemic started.  What laws should you be aware of? How might processes differ from in person meetings?  What is remote attendance good etiquette?  Join to find out. 


Resources from completed webinars in the series

February 25

The Board and the Budget

This web meeting will explore the board’s role in developing, analyzing, approving and monitoring the district budget. This presentation will help provide you with that information that focuses on the need to align the budget to support the district strategic plan and board priorities that ultimately should result in improved student achievement. We will also discuss transparency and effective fiscal monitoring.

If you have questions regarding this presentation, please email Melody Douglas, Associate Executive Director, Alaska Association of School Business Officials (ALASBO).

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February 18, 2021

School Finance with an Expert!

Please join us as an AASB staff and an experienced school finance and business official co-host this webinar. This webinar will introduce board members to the world of school finance and their fiduciary responsibility as a member of the board. Adopting and monitoring the budget is one of the primary duties of the board of education.

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February 4, 2021

The Superintendent – Building a Relationship

The relationship between the school board and the superintendent is a critical one if you are to be successful in achieving the goals of the board and the vision of education for your district. This webinar, hosted by an AASB staff and an experienced superintendent, will explore what it takes for each board member to establish and maintain a working and communicative relationship with the superintendent. The superintendent is a key leader and member of your board team. Find out how you can learn what their role and your role is and how you can foster a productive relationship!

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January 28, 2021

Effective Meetings & Roberts Rules of Order

Do your board meetings run smoothly? Does everyone get an equal chance to participate? Does your meeting agenda make sense and is it effective? Are you new to using Robert’s Rules of Order? This webinar will help new and more experienced members gain a better idea of how meetings should proceed and what you can do to help! Join us!

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