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This is a listing of all training courses offered through School Board U. Click any of the four major strand buttons  to view a complete listing of training courses.

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GOV - Governance and Leadership
General governance and leadership duties of the board are addressed in each of the courses in this strand. Find topics on open meetings law, policy, superintendent evaluation, the media, conflict and others like the Key Works of School Boards that deal with good management practices.
Course Number School Board U All Courses Format
GOV 101 Essentials of School Board Governance Workshop
GOV 101 Essentials of School Board Governance (ONLINE) Online Course
GOV 102 Understanding the Open Meetings Law Webinar
GOV 103 Using Policy to Guide the District Webinar
GOV 104 Superintendent Evaluation Process Webinar
GOV 201 Board Officers Academy Workshop
GOV 202 Media Relations Boot Camp (Not Available) Webinar
GOV 203 Collaboration vs. Conflict Webinar
GOV 204 Team Operating Procedures Webinar
GOV 205 Integrating New Board Members Into Your Governance Team Webinar
GOV 206 Savvy School District Communications Plans Webinar
GOV 215 The Successful Superintendent Search Webinar
GOV 216 Effective School Board Meeting Webinar
GOV 217 Building a Strong Board-Superintendent Relationship Webinar
GOV 218 The School Board Self-Evaluation Webinar
GOV 219 Budget Exit Polling: Survey Your Community on Timely Issues Webinar

 

GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP

GOV 101: Essentials of School Board Governance (New School Board Member Academy)
Regional Workshop/School Board U Recognition Points: 20

Serving on a board of education is a daunting task for even the most seasoned board member, let alone a novice. This critical daylong academy provides hands-on knowledge and tools that will help you confidently fulfill your governance, legal, and fiscal responsibilities. Learn the ropes of school boardsmanship. Gain an understanding of the board-superintendent relationship, key operational procedures for board meetings, Open Meetings Law, and legal rights, risks and responsibilities. This course is also available online

2017 dates and locations:

Event Date Location
June 16 - 17

Latham

July 14 - 15

Buffalo

July 21 - 22

Corning

August 11 -12

Long Island

September 15 - 16

Latham

November 3 - 4

Lake Placid

Held in conjunction with FIS 101: Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals.

 

GOV 101: Essentials of School Board Governance (ONLINE)
Online Course/School Board U Recognition Points: 10

The school board plays a vital role in the governing of schools. Therefore board members must be trained on the essentials of school board governance to include operational procedures for board meetings, Open Meetings Law, legal rights and more.

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GOV 102: Understanding the Open Meetings Law
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

With few exceptions, the Open Meetings Law gives the public access to the deliberations and decision-making process of public entities, including school boards. While the basic concept is simple, compliance can be difficult and the consequences for mistakes serious.  Your district must understand its responsibilities under the law or risk liability in both the judicial system and the court of public opinion. This webinar will help you decipher fact from fiction on topics ranging from common mistakes regarding executive session to public comment during your board meetings.

Recorded Date: July 17, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 103: Using Policy to Guide the District
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

The school board sets policy that the district administration carries out. Learn what makes good policy. Identify required policies, as well as federal and state laws and regulations that district policy must comply with. Discover how policy aligns the school board's vision with district operations. Examine policies for effective district operations and student achievement.

Recorded Date: February 9, 2011 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 104: Superintendent Evaluation Process
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

The superintendent's evaluation is best viewed as a process that is an extension of school district planning. Examine how to structure this process and identify key benchmarks and items that should be included.

Recorded Date: May 13, 2015
Archived Webinar

 

GOV 201: Board Officers Academy
Regional Workshop/School Board U Recognition Points: 20

Board leadership has never been more challenging and with it comes the responsibility to influence on behalf of all students.

NYSSBA is ready to help you take your board to a new level!  You’ll learn about the board’s expanding role in student achievement, examine how the board president helps create and maintains the board culture and performance and understand the importance of superintendent performance and leadership.

Event Date Location
August 4, 2017
Rochester
August 17, 2017
Latham
August 19, 2017 Long Island
August 25, 2017
White Plains

 

GOV 202: Media Relations Boot Camp
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

From daily and weekly newspapers to local broadcast outlets to web outlets, school districts generate media coverage. What basic media relations policies and practices should your district have in place? Get the basics - learn how to work with the media using the PR tool box, and how to survive and thrive in this fast-paced world.  

Recorded Date: December 5, 2012 Not Available

 

GOV 203: Conflict Management
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Is conflict taking your governance team down? Do you have competing priorities within the team or difficult personalities that make consensus an unattainable goal? The more time it takes to resolve a conflict, the greater the toll is on your school board’s performance – and ultimately, the greater the impact on your district. Learn positive ways to manage conflict on your team, how to deal with difficult personalities and communication styles, and how to build trust within the team to keep conflict at bay.

Recorded Date: June 1, 2011 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 204: Team Operating Procedures
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Identify and clarify preferred practices, and review relevant policies to support board operating procedures using a board-self assessment tool. Help your board overcome typical challenges such as board/superintendent communication, meeting deliberation and participation, communication during public forums, school campus visits, district goal setting, superintendent evaluation, new member orientation and more.

Recorded Date: February 16, 2011 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 205: Integrating New Board Members Into Your Governance Team
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

School boards are constantly faced with the transition of incorporating new members into their governance teams. Being able to operate at a highly functional level permits governance teams to work well together in spite of this transition and the constant challenges facing them. How do school boards remain highly functional while incorporating new members into their team? A new member orientation is a critical first step, along with providing information, training and a place for new members to ask questions. Welcome your new board members with an effective orientation process that will help new and seasoned board members transition together into a highly functional governance team. 

Recorded Date: May 29, 2013
Archived Webinar

 

GOV 206: Savvy School District Communication Plans
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Understand the elements of a good communications plan. Examine what communication practices keep your district safe, proactive, credible and transparent. Learn strategies to utilize a variety of tools, including print publications, broadcast services, the web and social media to help your district to maintain an open flow of meaningful communication and provide timely information.

Recorded Date: January 26, 2011 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 215: The Successful Superintendent Search
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Sooner or later, boards are faced with the critical task of searching for a new superintendent. The process of searching for a superintendent can be a challenge. In current times you face the additional difficulty finding the best person to run your district amidst budget shortfalls, projected layoffs and intense public scrutiny.  If that weren't enough, accelerated turnover among superintendents has created fierce competition for the highest caliber professionals, who are committed to a strong board-superintendent relationship. Logically, the board's process of searching for a superintendent becomes a primary focus and takes significant board time, all while maintaining district progress and preparing for the leadership transition.  Boards should seek all the help they can get. 

Recorded Date: March 9, 2016
Archived Webinar

 

 

GOV 216: Effective School Board Meeting
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

You’ve been inquiring about best practices for running an effective school board meeting. Now you can get all your questions answered with this one very informative webinar.

Recorded Date: February 18, 2015
Archived Webinar

 

GOV 217: Building a Strong Board-Superintendent Relationship
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

The quality of the working relationship between your board and the superintendent can either help or hinder student achievement. How can you foster good communication and avoid micro-management and other pitfalls?

Recorded Date: January 30, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 218: The School Board Self-Evaluation
Pre-Recorded Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This pre-recorded webinar will help you understand the key areas to evaluate and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about the self-evaluation process in order to improve team operations and stay focused on governance and oversight tasks.

Recorded Date: February 20, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

GOV 219: Budget Exit Polling: Survey Your Community on Timely Issues
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This pre-recorded webinar will help you understand the key areas to evaluate and provide answers to the most frequently asked questions about the self-evaluation process in order to improve team operations and stay focused on governance and oversight tasks.

Recorded Date: March 27, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

FIS - Fiscal Responsibility
The board's role in fiscal responsibility is paramount, particularly in the difficult economic times. Learn more about fiscal management, on everything from the budget process to sound fiscal oversight and fundraising with school foundations.
Course Number School Board U All Courses Format
FIS 101 Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals Workshop
FIS 101 Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals (ONLINE) Online Course
FIS 102 The School District Budget Process (Not Available) Webinar
FIS 205 Getting the Most out of Your Audit Committee Webinar
FIS 210 Maintaining Internal Controls while Facing Diminished Resources Webinar
FIS 211 Engaging Your Community in the Budget Process Webinar
FIS 212 Fund Balance Management - The Key to an Effective Budget Webinar
FIS 213 Building a Multi-Year Budgeting Model for Financial Success Webinar
FIS 214 The Board's Role in Evaluating its Audit Services Webinar

 

FISCAL MANAGEMENT

FIS 101: Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals (New School Board Member Academy)
Regional Workshop/School Board U Recognition Points: 20 for all modules (4 per module)

Fulfill your state-mandated six hours of fiscal training that you are required to take within your first year. Learn how school districts are funded, the responsibilities of financial positions, the key reports you'll need to rely on, and how to spot fraud, waste and abuse of resources. This course is also available online.

 

2017 dates and locations:

Event Date Location
June 16 -17

Latham

July 14 - 15

Buffalo

July 21 - 22

Corning

August 11 - 12

Long Island

September 15 -16

Latham

November 3 - 4

Lake Placid

Held in conjunction with FIS 101: Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals.

 

FIS 101: Fiscal Oversight Fundamentals (ONLINE)
Online Workshop/School Board U Recognition Points: 10

Among the many responsibilities of school board members is fiscal oversight. Many new board members have little or no experience in organizational finance. NYSSBA’s fiscal oversight training will help you learn more about fiscal management from the budget process to sound fiscal oversight to fundraising with school foundations.

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FIS 102: The School District Budget Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

One of the principal responsibilities of a school board is to present a budget to its community. The legal rules for doing so, however, are complicated. In this crash course, get an overview of the entire process with a concentration on the specific role school boards play.

Recorded Date: August 2, 2012 Not Available

 


FIS 205: Getting the Most out of Your Audit Committee
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Audit committees play a vital role for the board assisting and advising the board on issues relating to the district’s external and internal audit functions. This webinar will help you better understand the role of the audit committee, and provide best practices for maximizing the full potential of the audit committee including:

  • The importance of the audit committee charter in defining the mission and objectives of the committee
  • How your committee can run smoother and more effectively
  • How the audit committee promotes the “tone at the top” in the district
  • Assessing audit committee effectiveness
Recorded Date: April 18, 2012 Archived Webinar

 


FIS 210: Maintaining Internal Controls while Facing Diminished Resources
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

In times of fiscal uncertainty, many school districts have been faced with the prospect of reducing staff or outsourcing key business functions, while still continuing to have good internal controls and proper oversight of district resources.

Attend this webinar to learn the steps your district can take to continue providing a high level of service and quality internal controls. Learn the key aspects of financial reporting to quickly understand the key elements you need to exercise proper oversight of district finances.

Recorded Date: April 17, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

FIS 211: Engaging Your Community in the Budget Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Understand how to build an effective public engagement model from conducting public input meetings to communicating difficult news during budget season.

Attend this webinar and learn how to:

  • Plan your public input meetings from start to finish
  • Rally support from key stakeholders under the most difficult situations
  • Generate new ideas and positive solutions for the future
Recorded Date: December 4, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

FIS 212: Fund Balance Management - The Key to an Effective Budget
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

As the 2014 budget season begins, it's imperative to understand the components of fund balance and how each can be used when developing your district's budget. View this webinar to review:

  • The importance of fund balance management in preserving your educational programs
  • The concept of planned budget deficit vs. actual operating deficit
  • The long-term impact on fund balance
  • Best practices to approach fund balance forecasting
Recorded Date: January 15, 2014 Archived Webinar

 

FIS 213: Building a Multi-Year Budgeting Model for Financial Success
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Ensuring your district is able to provide a quality education now and in the future can be difficult when budgeting on a year by year basis. Long-range financial planning creates sustainability and will help you better understand the impact that today's decisions will have on tomorrow.

This webinar was designed with school board members, business officials, and superintendents in mind. Learn the key elements of the multi-year budgeting process and discover how to build a road map for success that will carry your district into the future.

Recorded Date: February 12, 2014 Archived Webinar

 

FIS 214: The Board's Role in Evaluating its Audit Services
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Are your board’s audit services efforts being duplicated?

School district financial accountability ensures a prudent use of taxpayer dollars, provides a sound internal control structure and safeguards district assets, for the benefit of the district’s children and community.

While audits are a fundamental responsibility for school board members, the efforts to comply can be unnecessarily duplicated.
Recorded Date: December 16, 2015 Archived Webinar

 

 

 
STU - Student Achievement
Central to the board's role is making an impact on student achievement. Take courses on teacher performance, using data for decision making, student wellness, diversity and community engagement in this strand.
Course Number School Board U All Courses Format
STU 101 Hiring and Firing District Employees Webinar
STU 102 Anatomy of the Goal Setting Process Webinar
STU 205 Data-Based Decision Making Webinar
STU 207 Technology Education- E-Learning and Blended Learning Models Webinar
STU 208 Intervention Strategies: Business as usual? Think Again Webinar

 

STUDENT ACHIEVMENT

STU 101: Hiring and Firing School District Employees
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Since public employees are legally entitled to a host of due process rights, school boards, as employers, must learn the basic rules to follow in hiring and, when necessary, terminating employees. Understand your role in the process and how to minimize the threat of legal liability.

Recorded Date: December 14, 2011 Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

 

STU 102: The Anatomy of the Goal Setting Process
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

As your board wraps up this year's budget, it's time to begin thinking about priorities for the next academic year. Most boards begin the goal setting process in July, but often face challenges with where to begin in the process.  In this presentation, NYSSBA’s Leadership Development Managers will distill this critical process down to the elements that boards must know prior to establishing goals for the coming year. 

After this webinar, you will understand:

  • What the goal setting process looks like from start to finish
  • What makes a good goal
  • The difference between district goals, superintendent goals and board goals, and how they are linked
  • The goal setting framework and how monitoring and assessment are integral components of the continuous improvement cycle
Recorded Date:  March 12, 2014 Archived Webinar

 

STU 205: Data-Based Decision Making
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

How can data help improve our ability to plan and assess our district's success? Understand the types of questions that board members could and should be asking. Learn how to utilize multiple data sources to help answer questions and support budget allocations. Explore how to better plan and evaluate your district's programs and services, and meet your district's goals.

Recorded Date: June 29, 2011 Archived Webinar

 

STU 207: Technology Education- E-Learning and Blended Learning Models
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This webinar covers how e-learning and blended learning models can maximize the full potential of technology in instruction. It exams the research behind e-learning and blended learning models,  how these models operate in new learning environments, how districts are using them to collaborate and meet instructional and programmatic needs, and what these models will look like in the future.  It also discusses the technology planning from the policy perspective giving school boards an understanding of what to consider before implementing change. 

Recorded Date: June 11, 2014 Archived Webinar

 

STU 208: Intervention Strategies: Business as usual? Think Again
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

This webinar presentation is for you if you believe that reducing class size, doing more homework, being taught by experienced teachers, using classroom technology, repeating a grade or increasing school time will lead to improved student achievement.

Many long held beliefs about education practices and pedagogy are costly and ineffective. In a time when academic and fiscal accountability have become part of our educational vernacular, it seems odd to continue implementing them. So why is this the case? Attend this thought provoking webinar to understand some of the misconceptions about class size reduction, homework, seniority, technology, remediation, grade retention and extended school time. Get practical advice on instructional alternatives for each that can result in higher student achievement.

Recorded Date: July 9, 2014 Archived Webinar
DIS - District Operations
A board's role includes the general operations and maintenance of a school district. Learn more about these responsibilities, including teacher negotiations, dealing with students, social media, school safety, technology, and shared services.
Course Number School Board U All Courses Format
DIS 101 Introduction to Collective Bargaining Webinar
DIS 102 Student Rights, Risks and Responsibilities Webinar
DIS 203 Weathering the Economic Storm: Fiscal Options, Shared Services and Cost Savings Measures Webinar
DIS 204 Social Media in Your School District Webinar
DIS 208 Social Media Revisited Webinar
DIS 209 A Fresh Look: Updating and Improving School Safety Plans (Not Available) Webinar
DIS 210 Start the Year Right: Inside the Organizational Meeting Webinar
DIS 211 Records Retention for School Districts Webinar

 

Webinar
DISTRICT OPERATIONS

DIS 101: Introduction to Collective Bargaining
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Get the basics in the critical elements of Taylor Law, the state's collective bargaining statute, and learn the board's specific role in the process. Hear how recent court and Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) rulings affect the manner in which school districts must approach collective bargaining.

Recorded Date: December 8, 2010 Archived Webinar

 

DIS 102: Student Rights, Risks and Responsibilities
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Get a primer in the legal rights students have in school – from free speech to due process. Learn the responsibilities school boards have to ensure students their rights and the risks they take when their districts are not in compliance with legal obligations in this area. Explore the parameters of applicable state and federal laws, and learn where common sense fits in.

Recorded Date: March 2, 2011 Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

 

DIS 203: Weathering the Economic Storm: Fiscal Options, Shared Services and Cost Savings Measures
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Local taxpayer dollars and state funding continue to be squeezed for education.  Explore your options to maximizing cost savings with collaboration and shared services through your BOCES. What and how can you share certain services, or consolidate management or central office functions to gain efficiencies? Explore how to save money without sacrificing student achievement and community goodwill. Examine the issues and challenges that might arise when considering sharing services.

Recorded Date: April 13, 2011 Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.

 

DIS 204: Social Media in Your School District
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Get a basic understanding of social media tools such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. How do you get started? What should you watch out for? See what other districts are doing and learn how you can add these tools to your district communications toolbox.

Recorded Date: September 29, 2010 Pre-Recorded Webinar Session Available - Contact Ellen Kramek for purchase.
 

 

DIS 208: Social Media Revisited
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Recorded Date: June 27, 2012 Archived Webinar

 

DIS 209: A Fresh Look: Updating and Improving School Safety Plans
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Hear Elizabeth Mastro, director of the New York State Center for school safety, review the components of district-wide and school level safety plans while highlighting the essential steps in the process. You will better understand the critical role of the school board in the planning and successful implementation of the plans.

Recorded Date: April 30, 2013 Not Available

 

 

DIS 210: Start the Year Right: Inside the Organizational Meeting
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Make the most of everyone’s time at the Annual Organizational Meeting. We will cover the items that must be included by law, as well as a laundry list of other items commonly addressed. From the oath of office to policy review to making the necessary appointments and designations, ensure an effective meeting. A must for District Clerks, new Board members and Business Officials.

Recorded Date: June 19, 2013 Archived Webinar

 

DIS 211: Records Retention for School Districts
Webinar/School Board U Recognition Points: 5

Hear state archives expert David Lowry, Manager of Records Advisory Services for the New York State Archives, review retention schedule ED-1.  He will highlight areas of specific concern to school districts, including handling of student files, email and special education records.

Recorded Date:
August 21, 2013
Archived Webinar

 

 

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