Board Development Services

AASB’s Board Development team offers a wide variety of services for your school board’s needs. Explore the menu items below to see what we can do for you.

Boardsmanship Training

Learn more about the Boardsmanship Training AASB provides school boards across Alaska.

Custom Board Training

AASB staff is highly skilled and experienced in providing both onsite and virtual custom training for board members. These training workshops are developed specifically for each individual board and can be composed to meet your specific needs. Custom training with your board and superintendent provides a unique opportunity for the board to work together on skills, communication, and relationships that are otherwise not possible. Learn more.

Academies, Conferences & Webinars

Click here to learn about all of the training opportunities AASB hosts throughout the year to help board members sharpen their boardsmanship and leadership skills.

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Board Standards

The Association of Alaska School Boards has created a framework for use in local districts. Each board Standard is directly tied to our purpose as board members–Student Achievement.

 Take a closer look at Board Standards

Board Member Recruitment

Maintaining well-functioning, engaged school boards takes work and dedication. It also means you will need board members with a passion and commitment to the work. Boards can take a proactive role in recruiting citizens to run for the school board. AASB can help with guidance and materials that can assist your board with enlisting individuals to consider becoming a candidate.

What Does a School Board Member Do?

Functions of a School Board

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Running

New Board Members
First-Term Board Member Webinars

The First-Term Board Member Webinar Series has been created to provide a free online opportunity for board members in their first term of service to hear from experienced board members or content experts on a range of topics. Learn More.

Alaska School Board Handbook

The Alaska School Board handbook was developed with new board members in mind. It’s been designed to give you a handy reference that breaks down many of your responsibilities into more “bite-sized” pieces. Think of it as a board orientation system. It provides guidance on basic boardsmanship, built on Board Standards, to help new board members access information that will assist them in getting started on the right foot from the very beginning of their service.

Get a PDF copy of the Alaska School Board Handbook, A Guide to Effective Leadership Through Board Standards

Ready, Set, Govern!

Ready, Set, Govern! is a day-and-a-half pre-conference workshop held every November in conjunction with AASB’s Annual Conference. This is a great opportunity for newly elected school board members to be introduced to their new role as a publicly elected member of a governing body. This workshop touches on a wide variety of topics, including developing relationships with fellow board members and the superintendent, an introduction to meeting conduct and parliamentary procedure, understanding why board policy is so important, Alaska Board Standards, the Alaska Open Meetings Act, an introduction to school law and school finance, to name a few.

Learn more about New Board Member training opportunities.

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School Board Member Recognition
Carl Rose Boardsmanship Awards Program 
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Whether you’re a rookie or a veteran board member, being a leader in public education governance is one arena in which continuing education and professional development are critical. AASB’s Carl Rose Boardsmanship Awards Program is for those who want to participate and record and later be acknowledged for the work you do as a board member.

The AASB Board of Directors honored Carl Rose in 2013 by naming the organization’s leadership training program for school members after him upon his retirement.  Rose was the executive director of AASB from 1987 until 2013. During those 26 years, he participated in every major education debate and reform in K-12 education and reshaped AASB into a full-service statewide non-profit organization whose motto is “Advocates for Alaska’s Youth. 

Carl Rose passed away in April 2015 after a long battle with cancer.  Carl was honored by the Alaska Legislature in 2002 for his work and commitment to education and to school boards.  Former Anchorage school board member and past state Senator Bette Davis had this to say about Carl, 

Carl embodies all of the characteristics necessary to be at the forefront of education: He has integrity. He is generous. He gives of himself, his time and money. Carl embodies the core values and principles that make it possible for him to be an effective voice on behalf of Alaska’s children.

Click here for more details.

Carl Rose Governance Award

The Carl Rose Governance Award is presented to an outstanding school board member each year at the AASB Annual Conference.  These individuals are recognized for the commitment, dedication, and accomplishments as a locally elected school board member.  Board members can be nominated by their board and superintendent for consideration and selection by the AASB Awards Committee.  This award is presented at the annual conference awards banquet and is the culminating event of the evening.

Click here for more information on the award and how to nominate a deserving board member.

Outstanding School Board

The Outstanding School Board Award is designed to reflect the board’s involvement in Board Standards. In order to be eligible, a school board must be a member board in good standing of AASB and have formally adopted Board Standards. Boards nominated for this award will be adjudicated The school board should self-nominate for this award.

Click here for more information on the award and how to nominate a deserving board.

Charter School Support
Customized APC Training

Academic Policy Committees (APC) and their principal experience a similar relationship between the governing body (the APC) and their administrator. The AASB Board Development Team has the knowledge and experience to help charter schools navigate and grow in their understanding of effective charter school governance and administration. Charter schools in Alaska are a part of the public education system and thus must recognize their responsibility to operate in a publicly transparent way within the policies and regulations of the district they are a part of.

Please click here, Charter School Training, to explore more fully what AASB has to offer.

Charter School Academy

Every other year, usually in early October, AASB hosts a statewide learning academy for charter school APCs and principals in Anchorage.  This two-day event provides an opportunity for charter school governing boards and their principles to learn about effective board practices and the latest developments in public charter schools.   APCs and principals get the chance to meet their peers from across the state, compare notes, here from experts, create relationships and networks, and to learn from each other.  This is the only statewide, dedicated conference for charter school leaders in Alaska.

Please click here, Charter School Academy, to explore more fully what AASB has to offer.

Advisory School Board Training

Locally elected advisory school boards fill a critical role as the connection between local communities and their schools.  In Regional Education Attendance Area (REAA) districts, these boards are required by statute.  Their sole purpose is to advise the school and the regional school board about the operations and educational programs of that school.  Advisory School Boards ( or sometimes known as Community School Councils, Advisory Site Councils) are locally elected boards governed by board policy (Article 8, series 8000).  AASB offers extensive training opportunities for these boards to help them understand their role and be effective voices for their communities and schools.

For more information on this training, click here.


AASB offers a wide variety of training and information via webinars.  Most webinars are provided without charge and are a benefit of your district’s membership in our association.  Some specific webinars or web training events may require registration and a fee.  AASB maintains an archive of recorded webinars that are publicly available to view usually within 24 to 48 hours of the original event.  Following is a list of some of the common webinar topics or series that AASB hosts.

  • First-term Board Member Series (Every January through May, 10 webinars)
  • School Law – various timely topics
  • Personnel
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Trauma-engaged practices
  • Social-Emotional Learning
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Charter School topics
  • AASB model policy updates
  • AASB Resolutions Process
  • School Climate and Connectedness
  • Community Engagement
  • Board and Superintendent Relations
  • Early Childhood Education
BoardBook Premier – Paperless Meetings

BoardBook Premier is the latest version of a web-based agenda-preparation tool and paperless meeting program that is accessed through your Web browser.  This unique application, developed by the Texas School Boards Association, streamlines the compiling, distributing, and publishing of agenda packets to the Board and public. Not only does BoardBook reduce the cost and frustration associated with meeting preparation, but it also generates an online searchable archive of meeting agendas, documents, and minutes.

Please click the logo to visit the BoardBook home page and further explore what BoardBook has to offer.

Or if you prefer, click this link to view a short video about the product: 

For more information regarding pricing and subscribing, please contact Lon Garrison at 907-463-1666.

Facilitated Superintendent Evaluation

The superintendent’s annual evaluation is one of the most important functions a board can do to maintain a productive and effective relationship with their single employee and team member.  AASB has worked hard, with the assistance of other state associations across the country and the Alaska Superintendents Association (ASA) to develop an evaluation process that is performance-based, linked to the district strategic plan and the board’s annual priorities, and most importantly student achievement.

AASB staff can provide a fully facilitated superintendent evaluation which includes developing a customized performance-based evaluation tool, scheduling each step of the evaluation process and finally, facilitating the summative evaluation meeting.  AASB can also assist with contract review and renewal. This is offered as a package price or it is possible to select individual elements of the process for specific fees. Contact Lon Garrison (907-463-1666) to discuss your needs.

AASB believes that the evaluation should be a year-round process that provides an excellent opportunity to develop clear communication and well as fostering a trusting relationship that is necessary for school districts to be successful in improving student success.

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For additional information please visit our Publications & Resources page.

Board Policy

Board policy is an essential governance and management tool to operate your district in a legal, fair, consistent manner that is focused on student achievement. AASB is here to support your policymaking, and to help improve it. Consultation, workshops, research, samples, policy reference manual, and custom policy development are some aspects of the service.

Comprehensive Policy Assistance for School Boards

School policy is an essential management tool. Establishing and maintaining clearly written policies serves as an effective guide to board members and superintendents facing the decision-making process. School policy serves as a guide to staff, students, parents, and the local community concerning your school district’s philosophy, goals, and expectations. Policy is the most valuable management tool educational leaders can have.

Policy Online

AASB offers complete online publication and support for your district policy manual.  The manual is easily accessible from your website for the public, staff, administration, and the Board.  The published policy manual is easily searchable, contains a sequential revision history and anyone can export and download PDF files of each policy, administrative regulation, or exhibit.

Your district office will have administrative access that provides additional features such as multiple district searches of policies for all other districts using the AASB Policy Online Service including access to AASB’s model policy manual.  In addition, keeping your policy manual up to date with recent policy amendments or new policy additions is easier than ever!

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Policy Reference Manual

AASB’s copyrighted Policy Reference Manual contains over 400 policies along with administrative rules and exhibits organized in an easy-to-read format and numerical finder index. Policies are cross-referenced to all pertinent policies, cite relevant legal authority, and contain explanatory notes describing options or limitations in that policy area.

Annual Policy Updates

Once a year, subscribers receive updates reflecting new and changing laws, and educational trends to supplement the AASB Policy Reference Manual.  AASB provides legally vetted and expertly reviewed policy updates for boards to consider and adopt.  This service prevents each district from having to legally vet each of their policies saving you thousands of dollars per year.  In addition, AASB strives to stay abreast of the latest trends in educational policy through its network of other state association policy experts.

Custom Policy Development and Audits
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AASB staff will work with the board and administration to develop custom policy reviews, audits, or development depending on your needs.  For those districts subscribed to AASB’s Policy Online Service a complete or partial audit can easily be accomplished and recommendations forwarded to the board to bring the policy manual up to date. Custom policy development services include on-site workshops on the process and stages of policy development, as well as custom revision of the entire policy manual or just sections. Today, much of this work can be done remotely.

Policy Library

You’re just a telephone call or email away from getting the sample policies you need to develop your own policy statements. AASB has a library of Alaskan school district policy manuals, as well as access to a nationwide policy network of NSBA and other state association policy experts on the Internet. We routinely conduct Quick Surveys by e-mail on topics of your choice, to find what your colleagues on Alaskan school boards are doing in a variety of policy areas. For rates and details on how AASB’s comprehensive policy services can help your district, contact Lon Garrison at AASB.

Strategic Planning

Most Alaskans travel! Each time we get on a plane, in a boat, or on a snow machine, we set out on an adventure. To make the most of these adventures we need a plan. Where are we going? How will we get to our desired location? How long will it take us? Where will we stay? What will we do when we get there? All of these factors require attention so that our journey results in a satisfying and successful experience.

The questions school districts must ask themselves are similar: What are the priorities of our district? What is important to our community/communities? How do we get there? Capturing the answers to these questions in a Strategic Plan that supports all stakeholders involved will serve as your district’s roadmap to successful outcomes.

Visit the AASB Strategic Planning Process page to learn more.

More Information

To discuss the development or review of your Strategic Plan, email Timi Tullis or call 907-463-1660.

Meet the Board Development Team

Timi Tullis

Associate Executive Director

Tiffany Jackson

Director of Membership Services

Jenni Lefing

Membership Services Manager

Katie Oliver

Policy & Superintendent Search Manager