School Board Training

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School Board Training

Empowering Families and Putting Kids First

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The status quo wasn’t working. You saw the need for a different vision in your school system. You knew that leadership change was necessary. You accepted the challenge to run for school board—and you won!

Now what?

Governing brings a new set of challenges and opportunities. The learning curve is steep, but you don’t have to navigate this new territory alone.

Originally delivered for a live, virtual audience, this pre-recorded training series is now available on demand so that you can learn at your convenience.

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Session 1: Understanding Your Purpose, Mission, and Operating Environment

  • Know what a school board must do and who you serve
  • Learn key governing rules and laws that affect school boards
  • Get answers to new board members’ frequently asked questions

Session 2: School Board Finance

  • Learn how to read your budget, where the resources for school budgets come from, and who decides how those funds are spent
  • Know your state’s budgeting formula for spending and taxes
  • Learn the questions you should ask to get the information you need to make informed decisions

Session 3: Hot Topics, Part I—Critical Race Theory and Gender Ideology

  • Get briefed on the ideological roots of critical race and gender theory
  • Explore the manifestation of these ideas in K-12 classrooms
  • Learn actions that school boards can take to protect teachers and students from racial discrimination, increase curriculum transparency, and protect the health and safety of their students

Session 4: Hot Topics, Part II—Parental Rights and Sex Education

  • Get briefed on the history of parental rights in schools and get updates on relevant court battles
  • Learn how to increase curriculum transparency and look at examples of what's currently being taught in sex education
  • Explore policies that empower parents to make decisions about their children's education

Session 5: Proactively Shape the Agenda and Implement Change

  • Use your power to get meaningful information from your district
  • Know the model of governance that your board is using and the authority it provides you
  • Learn techniques for increasing accountability and transparency in school board proceedings

Session 6: Scenario Planning—What Should I Do If ... ?

Learn how to prepare for scenarios that board members often face such as:

  • How do I navigate my school board when I hold the minority view?
  • What should I do if I'm personally attacked or censured? What rights do I have?
  • What can I do if I feel our board attorney isn’t giving us sound advice?

Session 7: School Safety

  • Understand the nature of threats that students face at school
  • Learn five key questions that you need to be able to answer about the safety of schools in your district
  • Explore actions that school boards can take to mitigate the risk of dangerous incidents happening on campus


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The Heritage Foundation provides this training in furtherance of our educational mission to formulate and promote conservative public policy. Heritage does not support or oppose candidates for public office, and this training is provided without regard to political affiliation.  The content is not intended as legal advice.