School Board Member Handbook—This
essential handbook covers roles and responsibilities, leadership, student achievement, board meetings, superintendent relations, school finance and more.
Board Roles and Responsibilities Toolkit—Includes a guide to learning about the state of your district, traits of effective school boards, sample code of ethics, legal authority and more.
Standards for Effective School Boards—These standards are designed for use by local school boards as a common framework for excellence in school board governance.
The ABCs of Education: A Glossary of Terms for School Board Members—Decode acronyms and familiarize yourself with terms every school board member should know.
Tips for New Board Members—These tips, culled from the advice of experienced school board members, can help you make the most of your board service.
Reaping Social Media Benefits While Minimizing Pitfalls—Navigating the world of social media can be tricky—this advice can help steer you in the right direction!
School Finance Glossary of Terms—Get a crash course in school finance with our handy financial glossary terms PDF.
Advocacy 101—Jump-start your advocacy efforts with our guide. Learn about the legislative process, advocacy techniques and tips on making your voice heard for public education.
2022 Legislative Guide—Download the 2022 Legislative Guide to aid your advocacy efforts! The guide includes an overview of legislative beliefs, people to know, advocacy advice, important dates and more.
Introduce Yourself to Your Legislators: Use this sample email as a guide to introducing yourself to your legislators. Let them know you are on the school board and can serve as a resource throughout the year.
For team activities designed to orient new team members visit Orienting to Board Service.
Basics of Boardsmanship Awards ProgramHey, new board members! Interested in learning essential concepts and building a solid foundation for school board governance? Consider completing our Basics of Boardsmanship Awards Program—designed especially for you! New members are encouraged to complete this program within their first year of board service.