AASB's “school” for school board members provides ongoing training on important education, legal and governance issues. School board members are automatically enrolled in the School Board Member Academy and notified of face-to-face and online leadership development opportunities.
Academy participants can strive for four achievement levels (expand "Academy Level Requirements" below). Upon completing the academy, school board members who continue to develop their boardsmanship skills annually can attain the distinction of Master School Board Member and ultimately have their names added to the Masters Honor Roll.
To earn the various awards, school board members attend academy conferences worth a specified number of training “hours” and participate in core curriculum courses. Awards (visit our awards page) are based on hours earned each academy year, which begins July 1 and ends June 30.
The Board Member Academy Record (BMA) is an electronic record of those hours and is stored in eMEMBERSHIP, the Alabama Association of School Boards' member database. The BMA also includes the academy level attained, links to a detailed “training report” and a list of core courses taken.
The number of hours earned in the current academy year can also be viewed when members take or review online courses through the AASB School Board U portal.
Twice each year, AASB mails a hard copy of each member's BMA record for the academy year. Levels and awards are tallied at the end of each academy year, and those achieving new levels are recognized at AASB's annual summer conference.
For training forms, go here.