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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:

The Roles and Responsibilities of School Board Members (December 2021)

School boards govern public schools as part of a leadership team with their local district administrator within a unique framework of authority, duties and powers that are established by state and federal laws and supplemented by local policy decisions. A WASB attorney and governance consultant discuss the basics of board service with an overview of the core functions of the school board, including the governance structure and the key laws that impact board service. 

The presentation materials are 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

Building a Strong Board/Superintendent Relationship

Includes webinars on:

  • 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:

  • 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:

  • Districts with 3-5 member school boards: $595 per district
  • Districts with 7-11 member school boards: $795 per district

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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