2023 First-term Board Member Webinar Series

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 links below to register.

Missed a session? Slides, video recordings, and other resources for completed webinars in the 2023 First-term Board Members series are posted in the Completed Webinars section below. (member password required to access videos).

Series Topics and Dates


Conducting Effective Meetings & Roberts Rules of Order Basics

January 31 – Noon

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!


The Superintendent – Building a Relationship

February 21 – Noon

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!


School Finance with an Expert!

February 28 – Noon

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.


Funding Formula with DEED

March 7 – Noon

A special presentation on the funding Formula by members of the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.


The Board and the Budget

March 14 – Noon

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.


Board Policy – Development and Governance

March 21 – Noon

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.


Working with your Board

March 28 – Noon

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.


Working with your Community 

April 11 – Noon

Please join one of our exceptional Conditions for Learning (CFL) 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.


Holding Your Meeting Remotely

April 25 – Noon

In this final webinar of the 2023 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. 


Completed Webinars

Slides and videos from completed 2023 First-term Board Members Series webinars are posted below.

PLEASE NOTE: Member password required to access videos. Contact Tiffany Jackson


Welcome to the School Board and AASB Board Standards

Presented January 17, 2023

Video


School Law Basics

Presented January 24, 2023

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.

Video