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From school law and policy to community relations and strategic planning, there's a WASB program or presentation available that can improve the knowledge and skills of school board members, administrators, and other employees in your school district.  Whether targeted for individuals who are relatively new to their role as a school official, or for those who have more extensive experience, WASB programs encourage continuous learning and foster the effective practices that will help your school board achieve its goals.

All of the programs and presentations listed below are available for scheduling by individual school districts (for the school board and/or for district employees) or by groups of districts that share a common interest in a particular topic. They can be 1-3 hours or more. Just contact the WASB to schedule an on-site customized workshop.

Some of the programs are also offered at pre-scheduled times for any board member of any district to attend. Contact the WASB for more information.

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communication for collaboration Proficient listening and speaking skills reduce misunderstandings between people, contribute to teamwork, build rapport and goodwill, and are essential to effectively handling problems and resolving conflict.   This interactive workshop will help participants:
  • Understand effective communication
  • Communicate messages directly, clearly, and positively
  • Improve listening capabilities
communication - the foundation of productive relationships and strong schools Effective Listening Skills
Effective communication is at the heart of every successful working relationship.  Proficient listening skills are especially essential because they reduce misunderstandings and contribute to teamwork and constructive conflict management – saving time, money and frustration.  Identify obstacles to effective listening and improve your listening skills to communicate constructively with teachers, administrators, parents, students, and the public to create productive relationships and build strong schools.
Data First—
Foundations 1
Learn simple practices to effectively organize and present data to your board and your public. This workshop will also review key questions to ask any time data are in front of you. You will do hands-on exercises to put the principles into practice. Core concepts come from Data First for Governance, a research-based, board-tested workshop series developed by the Center for Public Education and the National School Boards Association.
Data First—
Foundations 2
This course builds on the Foundations 1 information by helping board members learn what decisions and actions are needed after considering data. Data isn’t a trend, it’s a necessity, and boards must be able to use data to determine the effectiveness of their work and the progress being made to impact achievement. School funding, state and federal mandates and community support all demand high levels of accountability using data.
Effective school board practices - establishing protocol and practices School boards are monitoring one of the largest businesses in a community. This session will engage you in a conversation about establishing important protocols and practices as a board to allow you to address conflict on the board or with the community in a thoughtful, deliberate manner.
Evaluation - Superintendent / District Administrator (One to two hour session) Leadership assessment is an integral part of any school district progress assessment. An environment of continuous improvement requires a developmental approach to evaluation. Evaluation of the District Administrator / Superintendent has not been established under the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Model. However, school districts need to be ready and informed, by setting a tone for executive leadership evaluation. This session will provide some insights and meaningful tips for school board members and school leaders to enhance their existing evaluation system and prepare for future changes.

Note: Additional sessions can be arranged to design a local Superintendent/District Administrator evaluation system for your school district.
Focused Conversations and the Ladder of Inferences Board meetings can drag on-and-on when issues get contentious. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Ladder of Inference to understand the different perspectives that may exist among your board members and community. You will learn how to construct questions that uncover assumptions and beliefs, concepts that lie at the heart of many of our disagreements. When we uncover assumptions, we often find that there is less disagreement than we might have originally thought.
Key Work in Action:  Vision and Alignment Combine downward pressure on public school financing, upward pressure on measurable advances in student achievement, and the unique pressures present in each of Wisconsin’s 424 school districts, and you’ve got a complicated set of challenges. Building on the Vision and Alignment chapters in the Key Work of School Boards, this session will focus on the school board’s distinct and challenging role in budgeting. Regardless of which alignment-related skills you hope to build, this workshop will make a difference.
Key Work in Action: Community Engagement Our publics are expecting that we do more than simply communicate TO them; they want to provide feedback that gets used.  This workshop will cover a Key Work component, community engagement. Learn about engagement tools that you can use to plan events that are more likely to get you the information that you need and give participants the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback. Understanding your board’s commitment to engagement, creating powerful questions, and planning an event that provides a space for dialogue are a few of the concepts covered in this workshop.
Key Work in Action: Standards, Assessment, and Accountability In this interactive workshop, learn how you can use the Key Work concepts to understand and prepare for the changes required by Wisconsin’s new accountability system. Learn about Common Core, InTASC, and ISLLC standards and how these form the foundation for the state’s accountability system. Learn about the framework of that system including SMARTER Balance assessments, the Accountability Index and Rating, and educator evaluation. Engage in conversation and reflect on questions that can help your board support these changes in your district.
Key Work of School Boards - Overview The Key Work of School Boards provides clear guidance for board members looking to develop the leadership skills they need to deal with today’s educational and political challenges. The framework uses a systems approach to help school boards focus on student achievement. Learn how to use this practical framework to make a difference in your district.
Leadership Development of School Board, Climate, Politics, and Communication (One to two hour session) This session will deal with leadership development of the school board, communication among school board members and the superintendent, the climate necessary for solid communication, and how politics will influence the communication within and outside the school district
Leadership Team Development for School Board and Superintendent (One to two hour session) This session will deal with the leadership team development focusing on the school board and superintendent. Areas covered will be trust building, decision making, school board dynamics, goal setting, and community interaction
Leadership and Trust: The Foundation for Effective Implementation of Educator Effectiveness, Common Core, and Balanced Assessment Leadership and trust are elements critical to the effective implementation of any initiatives introduced in a school district.  The recent flurry of programs including Educator Effectiveness, the Common Core Standards, and Smarter Balanced Assessment are challenging the skills of leadership personnel across the state. 

This session will provide guidance for the successful implementation, from a board member perspective, of these programs premised on proven methods for building support and acceptance among staff and the community. The “take-aways” from this session will be focused on school board governance and leadership in an educational environment of rapid change and increased public accountability.
Leadership as Communication The complexity of the problems we face requires a leadership style that is very different than what worked in the past. Today, effective leadership is grounded in communication and strong relationships. This workshop outlines key communication dynamics of effective leadership and provides time to practice communication tools to take back and use in your district.
Listening and Asking Questions Proficient listening skills are essential to a successful working relationship because they reduce misunderstandings and contribute to teamwork and constructive conflict management. A spirit of inquiry, rather than advocacy, can also help you use conflict effectively. In this workshop you will learn how to identify obstacles to effective listening and improve your listening skills. You will also learn how to use questions to focus your conversations and understand how to communicate constructively to create productive relationships and building strong schools.
The opportunity of conflict Conflict occurs naturally and can present an opportunity for growth, understanding, and change.  When ignored or mismanaged, conflict can be a destructive force that wastes time, energy and money while damaging the kind of working relationships necessary for getting things done.  Learn tips and tools to help you become more comfortable with conflict, manage conflict constructively and work together with board members, administrators, teachers, parents, students and the public for win-win resolutions.
politics of leadership The reality of school leadership sets in when you see political undertones surrounding the many issues which you must deal with as a school board member. This session is designed to help arm you with ideas to operate above the political fray. It is often stated that all politics are local, so the session will involve participants sharing real examples of how they dealt with the politics of education in their local school district community.
System Capacity, Administrative Structure, and Administrative Effectiveness (One hour session which could be expanded to two hour session) This session will focus on task identification and school board expectations as it relates to school system capacity to accomplish tasks and its relationship to school administrative structure and leadership effectiveness when dealing with staff and instructional improvement.

Note: Local school situations will be addressed, if desired, and the session will then be two hours in length.
understand and deal with stress to improve leadership performance School leadership positions are fraught with stressful situations that require immediate action. Many times these actions are subject to extensive public oversight, second guessing, and criticism from a variety of sources. This session will focus on the common reasons for stress and suggest ways in which leaders can address stress to find more enjoyment in their professional work and personal lives.
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Data First—
Foundations 1
Learn simple practices to effectively organize and present data to your board and your public. This workshop will also review key questions to ask any time data are in front of you. You will do hands-on exercises to put the principles into practice. Core concepts come from Data First for Governance, a research-based, board-tested workshop series developed by the Center for Public Education and the National School Boards Association.
Data First—
Foundations 2
This course builds on the Foundations 1 information by helping board members learn what decisions and actions are needed after considering data. Data isn’t a trend, it’s a necessity, and boards must be able to use data to determine the effectiveness of their work and the progress being made to impact achievement. School funding, state and federal mandates and community support all demand high levels of accountability using data.
Key Work in Action: Standards, Assessment, and Accountability In this interactive workshop, learn how you can use the Key Work concepts to understand and prepare for the changes required by Wisconsin’s new accountability system. Learn about Common Core, InTASC, and ISLLC standards and how these form the foundation for the state’s accountability system. Learn about the framework of that system including SMARTER Balance assessments, the Accountability Index and Rating, and educator evaluation. Engage in conversation and reflect on questions that can help your board support these changes in your district.
Leadership and Trust: The Foundation for Effective Implementation of Educator Effectiveness, Common Core, and Balanced Assessment Leadership and trust are elements critical to the effective implementation of any initiatives introduced in a school district.  The recent flurry of programs including Educator Effectiveness, the Common Core Standards, and Smarter Balanced Assessment are challenging the skills of leadership personnel across the state. 

This session will provide guidance for the successful implementation, from a board member perspective, of these programs premised on proven methods for building support and acceptance among staff and the community. The “take-aways” from this session will be focused on school board governance and leadership in an educational environment of rapid change and increased public accountability.
Pupil Records This presentation covers state and federal laws relating to the maintenance and release of pupil records. The U.S. Department of Education has recently adopted new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulations. We will cover the basics of the pupil records law and focus on limitations to the release of pupil records and on recent changes in the law.
Student Discipline: The Expulsion Process
This program provides a basic review of the legal standards, school board authority for student expulsion and the procedural requirements for the expulsion.
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Administrator Contracts This presentation covers all aspects of administrator contracts, including the drafting of contracts, contract term, application of section 118.24 Wis. Stat. to administrator nonrenewals and more.
After the Reduction in Force Reducing staff requires special attention to board policies, handbook provisions, nonrenewal timelines and procedures, and individual contract language. However, the process does not end with the effective date of the separation from employment. This presentation will give an overview of a district’s continuing obligations to its employees after a separation from employment, and will specifically address seniority and recall rights (if any), unemployment compensation, and COBRA.
Alternative Compensation Systems What are schools in Wisconsin and other states doing to change teacher pay? This presentation will examine pay systems in Wisconsin and other communities across the country, describing how those pay systems work and providing evaluative data on those systems where available.
Avoiding Prohibited Practices The Municipal Employment Relations Act prohibits several types of employer and union misconduct, including discrimination, anti-union activity, refusals to bargain and violations of a collective bargaining agreement. This presentation will cover basic strategies for avoiding prohibited practice complaints and review the prohibited practice hearing process, should a complaint be filed.
Bargaining Following
Act 10
While Act 10 has substantially changed and limited collective bargaining in Wisconsin, it has not completely eliminated bargaining. The Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has issued new rules governing the calculation of base wage increases. This session will review board bargaining and other obligations following Act 10.
Employee Evaluation Policies and Procedures While many school districts are no longer subject to just cause requirements for teacher nonrenewal, an effective evaluation process is critical to avoiding discrimination complaints and other challenges to teacher nonrenewal. This presentation will review the steps needed to design and implement an effective evaluation system.
Statutory Employee Grievance Procedures 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 gives all school employees a set of procedural protections by requiring schools to adopt a statutory grievance process. This presentation will analyze the law’s requirements and discuss implementation and use of the grievance process.
Employee Grievances and Complaints It is wise to deal with grievances and complaints correctly within the time limits.  We will educate you about grievance systems, the statutory grievance procedure, and discrimination and harassment.
Employee Handbooks, Employment Policies and Administrative Work Rules Employment policies, work rules and procedures used to be governed by collective bargaining agreements for most school employees. This presentation discusses recommended content, including a grievance procedure.
Employee Privacy Issues Employee privacy and confidentiality issues confront school district officials on a regular basis. School district officials must be able to recognize those situations where they have a duty to maintain employee confidentiality or situations where the law precludes them from uncovering certain information. This presentation will examine employment situations where an employee's privacy interests may be implicated and is designed to assist school district officials to react appropriately to potential employee privacy issues.
Employment Issues Unique to Extracurricular Assignments This presentation will address the following commonly asked questions regarding extracurricular assignments: 
• How do you evaluate employees holding extra-curricular assignments?
• What is the procedure for re-appointment, non-reappointment or dismissal?
• Can you use volunteers?
• How do you compensate extra-curricular positions?  Are you in compliance with the Fair Labor Standards Act?
• How do Title IX complaints affect extra-curricular positions?
Evaluation - Superintendent / District Administrator (one to Two Hour Session) Leadership assessment is an integral part of any school district progress assessment. An environment of continuous improvement requires a developmental approach to evaluation. Evaluation of the District Administrator / Superintendent has not been established under the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Model. However, school districts need to be ready and informed, by setting a tone for executive leadership evaluation. This session will provide some insights and meaningful tips for school board members and school leaders to enhance their existing evaluation system and prepare for future changes.

Note: Additional sessions can be arranged to design a local Superintendent/District Administrator evaluation system for your school district.
The Fair Labor Standards Act Unions and employees will closely scrutinize overtime and minimum wage compensation under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. This presentation will cover the basic requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act and will focus on potential problems unions will seize upon to challenge school payroll practices.
Family and Medical Leave
The federal and Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Acts provide overlapping and sometimes conflicting requirements allowing employees leave for serious health conditions and the birth or adoption of a child. This presentation will review the provisions of both laws and give advice on responding to leave requests.
Federal Health Care Reform
The America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009 subjects employers to new regulations of the health insurance they offer to their employees. These rules can substantially increase employer costs if not administered properly. This session will review the new law’s requirements and recommend steps schools should take to control their costs.
Harassment
Recognizing and preventing harassment is part of creating a productive working environment.  Through this presentation you will become informed about state and federal law, board policy and administrative guidelines, and case law related to harassment. You will learn how to protect yourself against charges of harassment.  
Hiring Guidelines This presentation will cover the basics of hiring, including job descriptions, notices of vacancies, residency requirements, applications, interviews, medical inquiries, background and reference checks, offers of employment and more.
Impartial Hearing Officer
This presentation covers the basic information needed by an impartial hearing officer, including grievance timelines, pre-hearing motions, conducting the hearing and drafting the decision.  
Individual Teacher Contracts The elimination of collective bargaining by Act 10 elevates the importance of individual teacher contracts, which may become similar in content to administrator contracts. This presentation will focus on the process of drafting new contractual provisions to transition from traditional contracts to contracts that meet districts’ needs in the post-collective bargaining world.
Investigating Employee Misconduct How do you conduct an effective investigation of employee misconduct? What are the contractual and legal pitfalls in an investigation of employee misconduct? What is just cause and how do you prove that you have it? Almost all union employees enjoy just cause protection after a probationary period. Just cause sets a very high standard for the investigation of employee misconduct. Missteps in the investigation can derail an employment termination. This presentation will address the investigation process step by step, with a focus on the administration and board role and on due process requirements. Investigation of misuse of school technology such as the internet and email will be highlighted along with developments in employee privacy rights and the application of the public records law to records generated in an employee misconduct investigation.
Job Actions How do you deliver quality instructional services if job actions, work slowdowns, or working to contract occur?  Learn your legal rights and options for effectively addressing the job action and providing educational opportunities for students in this environment.
Job Descriptions Job descriptions are an integral part of a school district’s operations. In addition to being legally required for certain staff members, they can assist with the hiring, orientation, and evaluation of employees. This presentation will cover characteristics of well-written job descriptions and advice on drafting and revising them.
Key Personnel Decisions After Hiring
This presentation will inform you about the important decisions made after hiring, including:  transfer of employees, reduction of staff/percentage of contract for employees under individual contracts, employee handbooks and board policies including related state requirements and EEOC advice. Information about Wisconsin and federal laws related to employment discrimination will be included.
Key Work in Action: Standards, Assessment, and Accountability In this interactive workshop, learn how you can use the Key Work concepts to understand and prepare for the changes required by Wisconsin’s new accountability system. Learn about Common Core, InTASC, and ISLLC standards and how these form the foundation for the state’s accountability system. Learn about the framework of that system including SMARTER Balance assessments, the Accountability Index and Rating, and educator evaluation. Engage in conversation and reflect on questions that can help your board support these changes in your district.
Managing Support Staff Personnel Decisions This presentation will discuss Act 10 and Act 32's impact on HR management. You will learn how state and federal laws affect your grievance procedures, handbooks, compensation, payroll practices, fringe benefits and other conditions of employment.
Political Activity by School District Employees
Staff members periodically make their political views known during the school day and/or at school activities, and this presentation will help administrators and board members balance their rights as employers against employees’ rights to free expression.
Prohibited Bases of Employment Discrimination (state and federal)
This presentation outlines prohibited bases of employment discrimination under both state and federal law and recommends steps to comply with relevant legal requirements.
Protected and Unprotected Employee Speech
In Garcetti v. Ceballos, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a public employee's speech that is undertaken pursuant to his/her official duties is not protected by the First Amendment. Therefore, public employers, including school districts, have substantial discretion to (1) determine and establish expectations for the content and tone of such speech; (2) factor such speech into performance evaluations; and (3) discipline employees for violations of the employer's standards. This presentation discusses how the federal courts (particularly within the Seventh Circuit and/or in the school context) have applied Garcetti since that case was decided in 2006.
System Capacity, Administrative Structure, and Administrative Effectiveness (One hour session which could be expanded to two hour session) This session will focus on task identification and school board expectations as it relates to school system capacity to accomplish tasks and its relationship to school administrative structure and leadership effectiveness when dealing with staff and instructional improvement.

Note:Local school situations will be addressed, if desired, and the session will then be two hours in length.
Teacher Absenteeism Given the detrimental effect that teacher absences have on a school’s financial situation and educational mission, school districts would be wise to investigate ways to increase attendance. Accordingly, this presentation covers research on (1) the effect of teacher absences on a school district’s budget and student achievement and (2) initiatives that school boards can implement to improve teacher attendance.
Teacher Contract Nonrenewal This presentation will review the basics of teacher nonrenewal under section 118.22 of the Wisconsin Statutes and include guidance on the application of constitutional protections and discrimination laws to the teacher nonrenewal process. Also discussed are contractual just-cause provisions, public records law and open meeting law as they relate to the teacher nonrenewal process. Alternatives to nonrenewal will also be discussed.
Teacher Salary Schedules
While 2011 Wisconsin Act 10 eliminated most collective bargaining requirements, districts must still negotiate with unions over total base-wage increases. This presentation will review proposed Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission rules on bargaining base-wage increases under Act 10 and discuss modifications to teacher salary schedules under those rules.
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An Introduction to the Sources and Structure of Wisconsin School Law Are you new to the school board or new to an administrative role? Do you have some basic questions about the sources and structure of the state and federal laws that apply to school districts? This free webinar will provide an introductory foundation which facilitate your ability to understand references to legal provisions and on which you will be able to build your content knowledge in the future.
are you ready for a referendum? part 1: facilities and financial assessments It is a board’s obligation to conduct an objective assessment and analysis resulting in long-term, fiscally responsible operational, financial and facility plans. This session will present models to assist school board members in understanding the financial state of their districts and their facilities.
are you ready for a referendum? part 2: facilities and financial plans Drawing from needs assessments, academic and strategic plans, comprehensive facility assessments and financial assessments, districts need to establish the framework for implementing its goals and objectives of the district. This will include identifying priorities, time lines, relationships, costs, and a process to continually update the plan. This session will pull the planning work together and outline a strategic operational, financial and facilities plan.
Conflicts of Interest and Incompatibility of Office for School Board Members Wisconsin law prohibits board members from having a private interest in public contracts and from using their office to obtain anything of substantial value. The law also prohibits board members from holding positions that are incompatible with service on a school board. These laws have significant implications for board members who work for entities contracting with school districts and for board members married to school employees. Can a school employee serve on a school board? Can a board member be a volunteer coach? Staff will address these questions and more in this presentation.
Data First—
Foundations 1
Learn simple practices to effectively organize and present data to your board and your public. This workshop will also review key questions to ask any time data are in front of you. You will do hands-on exercises to put the principles into practice. Core concepts come from Data First for Governance, a research-based, board-tested workshop series developed by the Center for Public Education and the National School Boards Association.
Data First—
Foundations 2
This course builds on the Foundations 1 information by helping board members learn what decisions and actions are needed after considering data. Data isn’t a trend, it’s a necessity, and boards must be able to use data to determine the effectiveness of their work and the progress being made to impact achievement. School funding, state and federal mandates and community support all demand high levels of accountability using data.
Financial Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards The Financial Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards Workshop Provides an overview of key areas of school district budgeting for school board members, including relevant statutes, the budgeting process, effective and efficient resource utilization, and community participation.
Legal Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards The Legal Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards Workshop Provides an overview of key areas of Wisconsin law, including open meetings, public records, conflicts of interest, liability and risk management, and a board’s power and duties.
master planning and strategic thinking In order to perform at high levels, school districts need a written plan that embodies community values, educational best practices and an unrelenting focus on student learning. This written plan can be achieved through systematic, comprehensive, and analytical processes. The WASB master planning process by defining the elements of stakeholder-driven strategic planning, facilities assessment, and financial assessment.
Referendums: Legal and Policy Considerations This session will address legal issues, policies, procedures and timing of referenda. It will include use of district funds and resources, roles of the board, individual board members and staff, and interactions with third-party groups, e.g. “vote yes,” “vote no.”
Roles and Responsibilities–
Board Members and Officers
This series of presentations is valuable to all board members. Each presentation discusses the specific roles of each board office.
School Board Policy Development – Introduction Along with the strategic plan, the budget, the district administrator’s contract and evaluation, a school board’s policies are among the key documents through which a school board governs the district. Board policies embody and document many of the board’s significant decisions and expectations, and they provide the guides and the framework within which district employees operate as they approach their work and the day-to-day issues that call for the exercise of discretion. This session, which includes several "hands on" exercises for the participants, will orient new board members to the important work of policy development, address best practices, and highlight WASB resources that are available to assist school boards and administrators with their policy-related responsibilities.
Understanding Rules of Order and Related Procedures for Board Meetings Formal parliamentary procedure can be a dense maze of cumbersome and arcane rules, and, in some cases, can actually interfere with running effective and efficient board meetings. At the same time, whether established in written policy or through practices that have developed over time, all school boards need and have some local "rules of order" for their meetings. This session identifies the advantages of establishing a defined and mutually understood set of core meeting procedures, including procedures for making and seconding motions, amending and withdrawing motions, using and documenting "unanimous consent," postponing consideration of agenda items, procedures for “undoing” or revisiting motions that were already voted upon. The presentation will also identify a number of issues on which state law establishes specific procedural or voting requirements. This session can be run as a workshop for a single school board with the goals of drafting an updated board policy to address rules of order and improving each board member's own understanding of particular meeting procedures.
Using Policy to Manage Complaints This presentation addresses how an understanding of and coordination among a school district's various complaint policies and procedures can help the school board and the administration resolve complaints more effectively.
The Wisconsin Open Meetings Law Open Meeting Law questions are commonly received by WASB Legal Services staff. This presentation will cover the basics of the Open Meeting Law, with emphasis on how the Open Meeting Law changes the way boards talk about employee handbooks as compared to meeting in closed session to discuss collective bargaining strategies.
The Wisconsin Public Records Law
This presentation will review basic public records law requirements with a focus on responding to records requests
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Focused Conversations and the Ladder of Inferences Board meetings can drag on-and-on when issues get contentious. In this workshop, you will learn how to use the Ladder of Inference to understand the different perspectives that may exist among your board members and community. You will learn how to construct questions that uncover assumptions and beliefs, concepts that lie at the heart of many of our disagreements. When we uncover assumptions, we often find that there is less disagreement than we might have originally thought.
Key Work in Action: Community Engagement Our publics are expecting that we do more than simply communicate TO them; they want to provide feedback that gets used.  This workshop will cover a Key Work component, community engagement. Learn about engagement tools that you can use to plan events that are more likely to get you the information that you need and give participants the opportunity to provide meaningful feedback. Understanding your board’s commitment to engagement, creating powerful questions, and planning an event that provides a space for dialogue are a few of the concepts covered in this workshop.
Leadership as Communication The complexity of the problems we face requires a leadership style that is very different than what worked in the past. Today, effective leadership is grounded in communication and strong relationships. This workshop outlines key communication dynamics of effective leadership and provides time to practice communication tools to take back and use in your district.
Listening and Asking Questions Proficient listening skills are essential to a successful working relationship because they reduce misunderstandings and contribute to teamwork and constructive conflict management. A spirit of inquiry, rather than advocacy, can also help you use conflict effectively. In this workshop you will learn how to identify obstacles to effective listening and improve your listening skills. You will also learn how to use questions to focus your conversations and understand how to communicate constructively to create productive relationships and building strong schools
Messaging: If you don't tell your story, who will? In the grand marketplace of ideas, public school supporters too often let others provide messages about our schools. Do you have a district strategy to get important messages to your community? In this upbeat, interactive workshop, learn how to craft a message about your district, the different ways to get it out, and identifying community partners to publicly support your message—and more.
 
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