The Idaho School Boards Association advocates for Idaho students and public education with leadership and service for local school boards.

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Professional Development Topics

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
– Basic School Finance
– Parliamentary Procedure
– Roles and Responsibilities
– Governance
– Conflict Management
– Setting Policy
– Effective Board Meetings
– Board Superintendent Team Formation
– Selecting Board Officers
– Teamwork

Standard 2: Continuous Improvement

– Best Practices for Board Chair, Board Clerk, Treasurer
– Using Data to Improve Outcomes
– Setting Board Goals
– 8 Characteristics of Great Boards
– Leadership Development
– Conditions for Success
– State Report Card

Standard 3: Advocacy

– Legislative Information
– How to talk to your Legislator
– Importance of Civic relationships
– Candidate interest Forums
– Election timelines and reporting requirements
– Educate vs. Advocate

Standard 4: Accountability

– Continuous Improvement Plans
– Evaluating Outcomes
– Goal Setting
– Ethics
– The Danielson Model: How to Understand Teacher Evaluations in Light of the Board’s Role
– Evaluation of Superintendent/Administrator, Staff and Board

Standard 5: Community Engagement

– Importance of Civic Relationships
– Handling Patron Input
– Social Media and Policy for Board Members and Staff
– Committee Structure and Its Use in Governance
– Trust and the School Climate
– Using the IEN in Meetings and Learning
– Educating on Bonds or Levies
– Dealing with the Media
– Dealing with Angry Patrons
– Knowing the Chain of Command

Standard 6: Board Operations and Professional Development

In addition to the above, below are some other professional development workshop topics. We are also able to customize any workshop to fit your district/charter’s need.
– Oversight vs. Overstepping
– Staying Within the Lines
– Dollars and Sense of School Boards
– Parliamentary Procedure Boot Camp
– How to use our indoor voice when you really want and need to SHOUT!
– Back to Basics – Board Boot Camp
– Strategic Plan and Beyond
– Board Meeting Etiquette
– Setting the Superintendent up for Success through Superintendent Evaluation
– How the Clerk keeps the Board/District on Track and Out of the Mud