Looking for ways to make your school board meetings more effective? Ever wonder how other school boards function? Curious about comparing your school board meetings to other school board meetings? Wonder what other school board members around the country think of your school board meetings? Want to see more quality research into school board effectiveness?

The Effective School Board Initiative (ESBI) is an opportunity to learn more about your own board, gain unique insights into improving board effectiveness, and contribute to a groundbreaking research effort that is for us and by us. In the ESBI workshop, participants will:

  • Take part in a full day orientation workshop with other school board members from across the country.
  • Watch, code, and compare your own school board meeting and at least two other school board meetings.
  • Take part in a two hour reflection workshop to discuss what participants learned from the experience and brainstorm potential next steps to improve your own board meetings.

The following orientation workshops are available for 2021:

  • April 17, 11am-7pm CST
  • May 15, 9am-5pm CST
  • June 26, 11am-7pm CST
  • July 24, 9am-5pm CST
  • August 21, 10am-6pm CST
  • September 18, 9am-5pm CST
  • October 9, 11am-7pm CST

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