Welcome new School Board Members! Congratulations on your election and thank you for your willingness to serve the public school students of Florida.New Member Academy, Staying on Track – More Info
FSBA’s experienced staff and deliberately planned association structure offers the support, resources, and training you need to best serve your community and advocate for public education. We are excited to serve you in your journey as a School Board Member, and please remember that no question is too small to ask us.
Below you will find information about the New School Board Member Academy, Mentor Program, and professional development opportunities available to you.
In addition to the training and services listed below, FSBA Professional Development offers an array of trainings beyond year one. Be sure to explore FSBA offerings and informational resources on our website and social media pages.
For further information or more specific questions, please feel free to reach out to our office (850) 414-2578. You can also view resources available to you on the New Member Page.
The New School Board Member Academy program is designed to assist newly elected school board members in the transition from private citizen to public official. Though differences in political philosophy, education, experience, and backgrounds exist among members of a board, new board members are expected to participate with and contribute to the governance team rapidly and meaningfully. With the increasing demand for educational excellence and fiscal accountability, the responsibilities of school boards are more complex than ever before. FSBA’s training sessions include critical information and resources to help new board members become effective board members quickly.
Our New School Board Member Academy is offered as a two-part series of live-delivery trainings: Critical Information to Help Keep You on Track, and Staying on Track. Newly elected school board members are strongly encouraged to attend BOTH live sessions
Topics for both sessions include:
- transition to public life
- becoming an effective school board member
- the statutory powers of the school board
- meeting procedures
- comparing /contrasting the powers and legal responsibilities of the school board and the superintendent
- school board/superintendent relations
- effective lobbying
- current issues facing school districts
- understanding Florida standards.Contact Tina Pinkoson, Director of Leadership Services at email@example.com for more information.
Any newly elected or appointed school board member may request to have a veteran school board member from another Florida school district serve as a mentor. This is a service that is provided by the FSBA Professional Development Program. This is a completely voluntary program for both the mentors and the mentees. Because mentors are from other school districts, no violation of Sunshine Law occurs when discussing issues and concerns.
Mentors will assist newly elected school board members by:
- Encouraging, supporting, and assisting in the transition from citizen to elected official.
- Providing guidance in seeking and locating resources and information.
- Furnishing information on training events and opportunities to develop boardsmanship skills and knowledge.
- Discussing situations/issues/problems and offering suggestions/strategies for pursuing resolutions.
- Sharing experiences of being a board member.
- Acquainting the new board member with services, resources, and training opportunities (i.e., conferences, forums, and workshops) offered by the Florida School Boards Association.
- Explaining the programs and distinctions available through the FSBA Board Development Program.
- Accompanying the new school board member to functions such as receptions at FSBA Conferences.
- Inviting the new school board member to attend/observe a school board meeting in their district.
- Listening and being a “sounding board” and offering inspiration and encouragement.
If you are interested in requesting a mentor, please click here.
Complete the information on the form and return it to Tina Pinkoson, Director of Leadership Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though all new board member training programs are voluntary, they are highly recommended to help you become the most effective board member you can be. FSBA honors several levels of professional development distinctions to encourage members to keep striving to learn and grow as elected officials. Distinctions are achieved by participating in professional development trainings and earning points in designated curriculum categories.
The Emerging Leader is a new addition to our Certified Board Member Program. To become an Emerging Leader you must meet the following requirements within the first year in office:
- Attending the New School Board Academy Parts 1 & 2
- Attending Advocacy Training
- Attending 2 of the required CBM Forums
- Earning a total of 48 points (hours of training), all of which also count toward the next distinction level, Certified Board Member
For statutory training requirements of all school board members, please see Ethics Training.
Contact Tina Pinkoson, Director of Leadership Services at email@example.com for more information.
Q: How can the Florida School Boards Association (FSBA) assist new board members?
A: FSBA is a vital resource for newly elected school board members. Once elected, newly elected school board members receive a welcome package from FSBA filled with important information and resources. Additionally, FSBA offers training opportunities, mentorship, and consultation services. FSBA also fills the void that arises when new board members do not know where to go to get answers to their questions.
Q: What is the first step for a new school board member to get training?
A: The New School Board Member Academy, Part 1, Crucial Information to Help Keep You on Track, will be held on November 29, 2016 in conjunction with the 71st Annual Joint Conference at the Grand Hyatt, Tampa Bay.
Q: If a new school board member attends Part 1, should he or she attend Part 2, Staying on Track, in March 2017?
A: Yes! The content for each of these trainings is different and BOTH are important to attend.
Q: What training is required for new school board members?
A: The ONLY required training for any school board member (new or veteran) is four (4) hours of ethics training annually. All other trainings offered by FSBA are voluntary, though most board members participate.
Q: What is a Certified Board Member?
A: A Certified Board Member (CBM) is a board member who has completed a well-rounded and thorough understanding of his or her policy-making job responsibilities through four (4) mandatory training components (FORUMS) and three (3) curricular area components to ensure a board member obtains. A minimum of 96 points (1 point = 1 hour of training) are required to receive the CBM distinction. This can take as little as two years or as long as a board member needs to complete the requirements.
FSBA’s Governance Model
This model was adopted by the Professional Development Committee in June of 2016. It outlines the board’s responsibilities and shows that student achievement should be the focus of every decision the board makes.
Vision—Creating a Shared Vision
- Board keeps students as the focus of the work of schools
- Board adopts a shared vision based on community beliefs to guide local education
- Board demonstrates its strong commitment to the shared vision and mission by using them to guide decision making and communicating to others
Policy—Establishing a Structure to Achieve the Vision
- Board employs a superintendent and establishes a district management system which enables all people to contribute meaningfully to achieve the vision
- Board establishes district processes to use information and make effective decisions
- Board ensures that long- and short-term plans are developed and annually revised through a process involving extensive participation, information gathering, research and reflection
- Board makes decisions, which support student learning and school renewal when it reviews and adopts policies and allocates resources
- Board sets high instructional standards based on the best available information of the knowledge and skills students will need in the future
- Board encourages an environment conducive to innovative approaches to teaching and learning and supportive of continuous renewal of education
Accountability—Developing Accountability to Measure and Communicate How Well the Vision is Being Accomplished
- Board receives regular reports on student progress and needs based on a variety of assessments in order to evaluate the quality and equity of education in the district
- Board evaluates both superintendent and board performance
- Board evaluates progress toward achievement of district long- and short-term goals and ensures that policies and allocation of resources effectively support district vision
- Board periodically reports district progress to community and parents
Community Leadership—Championing the Vision
- Board seeks others who can help expand educational opportunities and meet the needs of the whole child
- Board advocates for children and families and establishes strong relationships with parents and other mentors to help support students
- Board leads in celebrating the achievements of students and others in education
- Board promotes school board service as a meaningful way to make long-term contributions to society
- Board and superintendent create a systemic approach to improving student achievement, recognizing the board’s role as community representative and the superintendent’s role as CEO of the district.
- Board follows the adopted procedures for handling community concerns
- Board comes prepared for the meeting
- No surprises
Contact Tina Pinkoson, Director of Leadership Services at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.