In District Board Training

In response to board member requests, MSBA offers a variety of training for effective governance. Participate in research-based professional development workshops specifically designed for board members and superintendents. Reflect on your governance practices with the Board Self Evaluation. View online training modules independently or as a group.

You’ll need an MSBA login and password to access some of these member-only documents. For a password, email Eileen Woody, for assistance.

In District

Board Roles and Responsibilities that Impact Student Achievement 
Focus on maximizing student achievement through board governance. Topics include: board roles and responsibilities; governance versus administration; the six specific governing documents that address board responsibilities; and questions board members should ask to ensure students are learning.

School Board Role in the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan
Discuss the purpose of the district Comprehensive School Improvement Plan (CSIP), the district’s strategic plan and how the board can use it to ensure continuous improvement. An overview of the strategic planning process, how to engage stakeholders in the process and the importance of aligning other board and district documents are also discussed.

Performance-Based Superintendent Evaluation 
Learn evidence-based practices for board evaluation of the superintendent aligned with the Missouri evaluation requirements. The session will help boards understand the evaluation process and use evidence to assess a level of performance and guide growth.

Effective Practices in Positive Board and Superintendent Relations 
Learn how the board and superintendent develop a positive relationship to support student achievement and effective district performance. Differentiating leadership roles, providing clear expectations, implementing an effective superintendent evaluation process, communicating with one voice and using evidence to make decisions are addressed in the session.

Continuous Improvement 101
This session provides an overview of continuous improvement (CI) concepts and strategies. CI is not a specific program, but rather, a way of doing things. A school board that understands and applies CI concepts in their governance creates the culture for the rest of the district. Common aspects of CI approaches are discussed as well as strategies and tools to support district improvement.

Board Self Evaluation Facilitated Discussion of Results
This session focuses on the results of a board’s response to the MSBA Board Self-Evaluation in the context of research-based effective governance practices. Discussion includes identification of practices to strengthen as well as improve. The development of board goals can be included.

Retreat Planning and Facilitation
MSBA provides consultation to member districts in the planning and facilitation of school board retreats, whether the retreats are intended for strategic decision-making, goal setting, or other purposes.

Content can be selected from the list above or customized to meet specific board needs.

Continuous Improvement Support & Consultation
MSBA offers support to boards and district leaders in their continuous improvement efforts. MSBA can provide introductory workshops on continuous improvement, facilitate the identification of key performance measures and processes, share tools and documents to support continuous improvement and provide individualized consultation to help district leaders improve outcomes for students.


Leadership Development
Debby Duermeyer – Administrative Assistant
800-221-6722 ext. 329

Logistics & Cost

On Location: Each workshop typically lasts at least 2 hours. The cost is $300 for up to two hours plus mileage reimbursement (not to exceed $100). The cost for additional time is $150 per hour.

Online: Each module is $75 for all 7 board members and the superintendent to have access for 90 days from the registration date. Additional participants may be addedfor $10 each.