NYSSBA offers a variety of publications that provide valuable information to assist in your role as a school board member. Some are free for NYSSBA members; others are available for purchase. In addition to the links here, you can also find information in the NYSSBA Store.

Becoming a Better Board Member, 4th edition
The National School Boards Association’s best-selling guide to school board service has been expanded and revised to incorporate the Key Work of School Boards concepts and to reflect new governance realities.

Email Usage Handbook
Provides answers to recurring questions and some practical considerations regarding the use of email by school board members and other school officials.

Essential Evaluation Guide for Boards and Superintendents
Provides board self-evaluation and superintendent evaluation tools to assess the effectiveness of the board and superintendent for optimal practices to help drive school improvement and student achievement.

The Key Work of School Boards: A Guidebook
Newly revised, this National School Boards Association publication identifies the core skills effective school boards need to ensure their students succeed.

The New School Board Member Handbook – A Guide to Surviving Your First Year
Offers new school board members with the basics of school board service in an easy-to-follow Q & A format. (Members only; free download)

On Board
NYSSBA’s award-winning newspaper offers the latest information on governmental actions and legal issues, as well as feature stories on school board-specific topics. (Member benefit)

Robert’s Rules in Plain English
A guide to parliamentary procedure to facilitate and organize your meetings.

Telling Your Story: A Communications Guide for School Boards
Telling Your Story is a 28-page communications guide for school board members. In seven easy-to-read chapters, complete with discussion points, the book focuses on how school boards can better communicate and engage with various constituencies, set the record straight about their work, build a network of supporters, work with the district's communications department, and develop an elevator speech. The book was written by Nora Carr, communications columnist for American School Board Journal, and Glenn Cook, ASBJ's former publisher and executive editor.

The School Board President’s Handbook
Provides board presidents and officers advice and suggestions for effectively running board meetings, making decisions and meeting legal obligations in this key role. (Members only; free download)

School Law, 38th Edition
The authoritative volume on education law in New York in a question-and-answer format; trusted by education professionals and attorneys alike.

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