The Idaho School Boards Association (ISBA) is a non-profit, service organization providing policy services, legislative advocacy, leadership support and quality, cost-efficient board training to association members.

Championing Education Since 1942

Professional Development Modules

Meet the ISBA Standards with Professional Development

Our board development program is based on the Idaho School Boards Standards. These standards provide a foundation for the critical discussions and ensuing decisions that must be made to ensure student success.
Below are some of the available ISBA Standards based modules.

Standard 1: Effective Governance

– Transparency & Open Meeting Law
– School Finance
– Parliamentary Procedure
– Roles and Responsibilities
– Governance
– Conflict Management
– Setting Policy
– Effective Board Meetings
– Board Superintendent Team Formation
– Financial Emergency: the Process
– Selecting a board Chair
– Teamwork

Standard 2: Continuous Improvement

– The WISE tool
– Best Practices for Board Chair, Board Clerk, Treasurer
– Using Data to Improve Outcomes
– Setting Board Goals
– 8 Characteristics of Great Boards
– Leadership Development
– ESEA Reauthorization—and the Waiver
– Conditions for Success

Standard 3: Advocacy

– Legislative Information
– ISBA’s Platform
– How to talk to your Legislator
– Importance of Civic relationships
– Candidate interest Forums

Standard 4: Accountability

– Strategic Planning
– Evaluating Outcomes
– Servant Leadership
– Goal Setting
– Ethics and the Trustee
– The Danielson Model: How to Understand Teacher Evaluations in Light of the Board’s Role
– Common Core
– What Does it Mean to Be a School Board Trustee
– Interest Based Bargaining

Standard 5: Community Engagement

– Importance of Civic Relationships
– Handling Patron Input
– Student Voices on Board
– Bullying
– Social Media and Its Role in Education
– Committee Structure and Its Use in Governance
– Trust and the School Climate
– Using the IEN in Meetings and Learning
– Successfully passing a Bond or Levy
– Dealing with the Media
– Dealing with Angry Patrons
– Student Leadership

Standard 6: Board Operations and Training

This standard is a recent addition. The trainings for this standard are currently being developed.