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Online Learning Platform

Choose access to the complete platform or the Board Officer module only

The WASB Online Learning Platform provides board members and administrators with comprehensive online training in eight introductory and advanced modules.

  • A highlight of the Platform is a module focused on the Roles and Duties of School Board Officers. It includes more than a dozen webinars exclusive to the Platform that dive into the details of how to run an effective board meeting and be a productive board officer.

Recently Added:

Board Norms (June 2022)

Board norms are team agreements on how to operate, make decisions, and overall, how board members plan to work together. Norms are helpful in providing a “code of conduct” for members to adhere to.

In this webinar, two questions about team norms will be addressed, “How do we move ourselves beyond teamwork-as-usual to create extraordinary results?” and “What commitments will we make to each other to create a breakthrough in our relationships and our results?” Learn how to develop team norms and how to monitor leadership performance at the board table through the implementation of norms.

The presentation materials are available here.

Sample Board Norms

Governance Team Relationships (June 2022)

Positive school district leadership doesn’t just happen. Effective boards and their superintendents lead as a united team. It is the result of a continuous and deliberate effort between the superintendent and the board that sets the tone for the entire district.

A positive leadership team fuels development of similar relationships throughout the district. Learn how to build a positive leadership team in your district.

The presentation is available here.

Introductory Modules

Understanding the Legal Role of the School Board 

Includes webinars on:

  • Open Meetings Law
  • Public Records Law
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Social Media Use and Other Communications by Board Members
  • Guiding School Board Operations Through Policy
  • Managing Challenging Board Meetings
  • The Roles and Responsibilities of School Board Members (recently added – Dec. 2021)

Understanding the Governing Role of the School Board

Includes topics such as:

  • Successfully Govern Your District Together – With the Governance Core
  • Elevating Achievement for All – A Focus on Equity
  • The Importance of Legislative Advocacy
  • Policy Development (added August 2021)

Are you a new member? Use the Introduction to Board Service Program, a component of the Member Recognition Program, for assistance in selecting workshops and sessions in your first years of office.

Advanced Modules

The Roles and Duties of School Board Officers

Learn more about the Board Officer module in a recent WASB Connection Podcast.

Includes webinars on:

  • Introduction and Overview of Board President Statutory Responsibilities
  • Board President’s Common Policy Responsibilities
  • Running Effective School Board Meetings
  • Agendas for School Board Meetings
  • Calling School Board Meetings
  • Board Member Voting
  • Minutes of School Board Meetings
  • Public Comment Periods
  • Complaint Procedures and Chain of Command (recently added – July 2021)
  • Speaking on Behalf of the Board
  • Leading the School Board
  • Board/Superintendent Partnership
  • Board Clerk Duties
  • Board Treasurer Duties
  • School Board Organizational Meetings
  • Facilitated Discussion: The Roles and Responsibilities of School Board Presidents

Developing Governance and Leadership Skills

Includes webinars on:

  • Onboarding New Members
  • Strategic Planning
  • Conflict Resolution and Dealing with Conflicts
  • Leadership Coaching for Board Presidents
  • Leading with Certainty During Uncertain Times
  • Community Engagement
  • School Board Goal Setting
  • Board Norms (Added June 2022)

Building a Strong Board/Superintendent Relationship

Includes webinars on:

  • Governance Team Relationships (Added June 2022)
  • Hiring the Superintendent
  • Administrator Contracts
  • Evaluating the Superintendent

The Judicial Role of the School Board

Includes webinars on:

  • Student Expulsion Hearings
  • Individual Teacher Contracts and the Nonrenewal Process
  • Interactions with Law Enforcement, Part 1 – Community Conversations
  • Interactions with Law Enforcement, Part 2 – Legal Considerations

School Finance

Includes webinars on:

  • School Finance 101
  • School District Referenda
  • School Budgeting Cycle

Administrative Topics

Includes webinars on:

  • Election Notices and Procedures
  • Hiring Teachers
  • FMLA: State and Federal Requirements
  • The New Title IX Regulations: Identifying Initial Issues and Decision Points for Local Policy Development
  • Cybersecurity Insurance

Subscription Details

A one-year district subscription allows the full board, district administrator and one administrative assistant to access the Platform.

Board members in subscribing districts receive 50 WASB Member Recognition Points each year for the complete Platform or 30 points if subscribing to the Board Officer module only.

Annual Fee

Complete Platform Access (includes all webinars in platform, including the “Roles and Duties of School Board Officers” Module:

  • Districts with 3-5 member school boards: $795 per district
  • Districts with 7-11 member school boards: $995 per district

Roles and Duties of School Board Officers Module Access Only:

  • $395 per district (price recently lowered)

See subscription ordering instructions below or contact the WASB for assistance.

Purchasing Instructions

To purchase the Online Learning Platform for your district:

(Note: The following steps are intended for the person who has access to and is authorized to make purchases for the district on the WASB online portal. This is typically the district administrator, business official and/or district administrative assistant.) 

  • Log in to the WASB website and click on “My Portal”
  • On your district’s portal page, scroll down to Subscriptions
  • Click “Subscribe to a Subscription”
  • Select the Online Learning Platform

Contact the WASB with any questions or for assistance.

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