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Building Effective Leadership

Technological advances and globalization, economic and demographic changes, and pressures from state and federal policies are challenging school board members' ability to effectively lead their districts. This emerging leadership climate points to three important components of a school board's responsibility. First, boards must focus the work of the district. One of the most powerful effects school boards can have on their districts is to center their activity and conversations on student achievement. Second, school boards must consider communication strategies that invite the community to dialogue with them and become productively involved in meeting the challenges facing the district. Finally, school boards that spend time on their own development stand a better chance of creating conditions that foster student success.

The WASB helps school board members with this changing context. The WASB provides information, tools and support so that school board members can be successful school district leaders.
Board Development Sessions Work with board governance staff for personalized training on board organization and community engagement.
Workshops These 3-hour workshops cover Key Work components and other information relevant to school board governance, held at various CESA offices throughout the state.
Community Engagement The WASB staff can assist you with the planning of community engagement events.  Whether you want to engage in conversation about the future of your district, referendum planning or need to talk about an important key issue, we can help you plan an event that will meet your goals and enhance your connections with your stakeholders.
Webinars It is not always possible to travel to a conference.  These webinars provide important governance information that you can access from your home or office.  They also provide an opportunity to connect with Governance staff and other board members around the state, working in a professional learning community, sharing information and experiences.
The Key Work of School Boards Developed by the National School Board Association, The Keywork framework serves as core curriculum for WASB board governance development.
Governance Questions Contact the board governance staff to discuss governance issues and for suggestions for effective governance practices.
Events Board governance is part of four of WASB’s annual events: New Board Member Gatherings, Spring Academy and Presidents/Leadership Conference as well as at the Annual State Education Convention.
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