For board members still in their first term of office, every budgetary, evaluation, appointment or adoption deadline presents a first opportunity to make the best decision for the school district. Many new or relatively new board members make these decisions while learning to work – often for the first time – with administrators and other board members. This workshop will offer participants a chance to network, ask questions and dive a little deeper into the details of board governance. Topics include board and staff communications, managing difficult decisions, providing a consistent and professional message to staff and community members and a calendar of tips and topics to manage goal setting and evaluation.


8:30 a.m.
Registration and continental breakfast
9 a.m.
Welcome and introductions
9:15 a.m.
Board governance challenges
Let's talk about issues related to board meetings, executive session, social media and other governance topics that often create challenges. Learn how changing or rethinking your policies, processes or board agreements can improve efficiency and culture.
10:45 a.m.
The right way to send a message
Difficult conversations? Different perspectives? These are part of life but can be more challenging when they pop up in public – as in a board meeting or a public record. This session will help board members do and say what's necessary but do so professionally, ethically and appropriately.
11:30 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12 p.m.
Goal setting and evaluation
It's often said that it's hard to get somewhere if you don't know where you're going. That's even truer of board work. Learn how important it is for the board to agree on a process to set goals, align performance objectives and do objective evaluations to generate positive momentum and progress.
1 p.m.