Board Officers' Academy

The board officers, as team leaders, are critical to board-superintendent team effectiveness. In an effort to support Texas school board officers in the successful fulfillment of their responsibilities, TASB offers a series of training sessions specifically designed for school board officers. The Board Officers’ Academy (BOA) allows you, as an aspiring, current, or new board officer, to mix and match training sessions to meet your needs. These sessions are available at a variety of TASB conferences as in-depth or breakout sessions and some are Online Learning Center (OLC) courses. 

Visit the LTS Events page and look at the programs for the various conferences to see if any of these sessions are available. In addition, visit our OLC to see a list of available courses. 

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Communication skills

Communication is the Response You Get 

If you’d like to be more confident in presenting to local service groups, churches, and at other public settings then this session is for you. Learn some basic and intermediate skills to becoming a better presenter. This is an interactive skill building session so be prepared to roll-up your sleeves and practice what you learn. 

How to Work with the Errant Board Member 

This online course features a conversation with TASB consultants, who both served as board members. Throughout the discussion, they outline how board officers can meet the challenges of working with an errant board member. 

Working with the Superintendent 

The board president and the superintendent must work together to effectively coordinate the work of the board with the work of the superintendent. The quality of the coordination will impact how well both entities accomplish their shared and individual missions. This short online course is designed to provide useful tips and communication tools to foster a meaningful working relationship between the board president and the superintendent.

Board Officers' duties

Board Officers’ Duties and Responsibilities 

New and aspiring officers will learn the statutory legal duties, local policies, and expectations of board officers. A TASB attorney and an LTS consultant will discuss what is required of the board officers, common legal “red flags,” tips, and resources to help board officers effectively complete their duties. Interactive exercises will help attendees draft a proper meeting notice and handle public comments with grace. 

Directing Your Focus as a Board Officer 

This session is an opportunity for board officers to hear from experienced trustees and superintendents on what it takes to be an effective board officer. Panelists will share their pitfalls and successes in how officers lead a board and work with a superintendent in to ensure district success.

Meeting management

The Meeting Experience Part 1 – Practical Parliamentary Procedures 

Understanding the basics of Robert’s Rule of Order are a must for new board officers or anyone who hopes to be one someday. Be ready to get involved in this learning experience and become part of the action. You will step into a meeting as your learn how to appropriately use parliamentary procedures to turn your school board meetings into the efficient, civil, decision-making events you only dreamed were possible. This session also covers strategies for moving on when discussion bogs down and tells you how to handle challenges to the process. 

The Meeting Experience Part 2 – Effective Facilitation Skills - Navigating Through Smooth and Choppy Waters 

Get ready to drop into a meeting in this highly interactive session. The activities in this session will teach you basic facilitation techniques not found in Roberts’ Rules of Order that a presiding officer may use to effectively guide discussion and address situations that could prevent the board from accomplishing its business. Become a master of keeping discussions on track as you learn to run more effective meetings. 

Legal and Governance Perspectives on Meetings and Meeting Preparation 

Is there a difference between meeting legal requirements and following best practices in your board meeting? There doesn't have to be. This session has two parts:
  • Part 1: A TASB Leadership Team Services consultant and a TASB Legal Services attorney answer common questions about meetings and give you important perspectives on public participation, voting, keeping minutes, the effect of abstentions, and more. 
  • Part 2: Introduce two important tools for meeting preparation: an agenda calendar and a customizable background information form for agenda items. We’ll also provide board officers and superintendents with tips for reviewing draft agendas. 

Focused and Productive Board Discussions

This online course is designed to help board members and board presidents understand how to facilitate a discussion that is focused and productive—one in which the board is addressing issues that will truly advance the organization. This "short course" will move provide tips and tools to move the board discussion to a higher level. 

Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures

This online course is designed to help you understand the fundamentals of procedural actions, and introduces you to the essential tools of Parliamentary Procedures using Rober’s Rules of Order. Board members need to understand Robert's Rules of Order, and the common rules and procedures for deliberation and debate in order to place the whole membership on the same footing and speaking the same language. The conduct of all business is controlled by the will of the whole membership. Robert's Rules help you conduct constructive and democratic meetings, to assist, not hinder, the business of the assembly.