The WASB staff and consultants provide a wide range of workshops to meet district needs. Select a workshop or presentation for your individual board or partner with neighboring boards for a joint workshop. They can be 1-3 hours or more. Just contact the WASB to schedule an on-site, customized workshop. Here is a small sample of the workshops available:
Key Work of School Boards
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.
Legal Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards
The 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.
Financial Roles and Responsibilities of School Boards
This 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.
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.
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.
Additional workshops are available to meet districts' individual needs.