Ongoing professional development for school board members is vital to maximize their contribution to the school board and superintendent governance team. Each June at the Leadership Summit, MSBA recognizes school board members for continuing their learning beyond the state-required CBM Essential Training for new board members. Applications may be submitted at any time, but are due no later than May 1. Requirements for the three levels of certification are listed below.

  • Earn Essential certification
  • Earn 12 additional credits with four in one study strand
  • Attend two MSBA core meetings; at least one in year of application
  • Read two books related to educational or board governance topics from the MSBA approved list; at least one in the study strand
  • Write a brief, two to three page reflection paper discussing a topic from the study strand in the context of your district and board service

The application and related documentation that is required for each level of certification is located in the Forms and Resources section of this page.

  • Earn Essential and Advanced certification
  • Earn 12 additional credits with six in one study strand
  • Attend two MSBA core meetings; at least one in year of application
  • Read two books related to educational or board governance topics from the MSBA approved list; both in the study strand
  • Write a brief, two to three page reflection paper discussing a topic from the study strand in the context of your district and board service

The application and related documentation that is required for each level of certification is located in the Forms and Resources section of this page.

  • Earn Essential, Advanced and Master certification
  • Earn 20 additional credits with at least six in one study strand
  • Attend two MSBA core meetings; at least one in year of application
  • Read one book in the study strand related to an educational or board governance topic; complete Reflection Form
  • Observe a school board meeting in two other districts; submit observation form and agenda for each
  • Verify completion of at least eight activities in at least two of categories of Leadership, Advocacy, Presentation and provide verification. The activities must have occurred within the most recent 3 consecutive years of your board service unless otherwise noted.

Leadership

  • Serve as MSBA Board of Directors representative for at least one year; attend entire meeting for at least 75% of the meetings
  • Fulfill responsibilities as an officer of your local board for at least one year
  • Serve as MSBA Regional Executive Committee Chair; participate in at least 75% of the meetings
  • Serve as regional representative on the MSBA Advocacy, School Resources or Leadership Development committee for at least one year; participate in at least 75% of the meetings
  • Participate in at least 75% of the local board appointed/approved committee meetings for which you are a member
  • Represent MSBA on special committees or work groups

Advocacy

  • Participate in at least two of the three MSBA School Board Advocacy Network (SBAN) meetings
  • Participate in two of the three MSBA Legislative Forums
  • Serve as the MSBA Delegate for your district for at least one year and participate/vote in both of the Delegate Assemblies
  • Correspond with local, state and/or national elected officials in alignment with the MSBA platform for public education
  • Participate in at least one MSBA Federal Relations Network (FRN) opportunity
  • Participate in regional/community advocacy group; report to local board or use information to communicate with legislators

Presentation
Make a presentation, on behalf of your board, related to a district and/or board practice/program at:

  • MSBA Annual Conference
  • MSBA Leadership Summit
  • MSBA Regional Meeting
  • Local civic club/organization, educational organization, media outlet or another school board
  • NSBA Conference

The application and related documentation forms required for each level of certification are located in the Forms and Resources section of this page.

Contact

Leadership Development Department
Phone: 800-221-6722, ext. 329
Email: training@msbanet.org

Study Strands

SA = Student Achievement
BOG = Board Operations and Governance
SLF = School Law and Finance
CIE = Contemporary Issues in Education

Core Meetings

MSBA/CES events: Regional Meetings, Annual Conference, Safe Schools Conference, Legislative Forum, Delegate Assembly, School Board Advocacy Network, Leadership Summit; and NSBA events: Annual Conference, Federal Relations Network.

Credit Requirement

Strand credit is awarded for participation in MSBA events such as conference concurrent sessions, regional meetings, and webinars. Strand credits are also earned for participation in MSBA Delegate Assembly, online training, whole board workshops, and board self evaluation; observing board meeting in other district; reading extra books; and attending NSBA Conference sessions.

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Book Requirement

Books must pertain to education or to board governance, must be authored in the last ten years, and must be at least 100 pages in length. Books must be on the approved booklist, unless prior permission is obtained from training@msbanet.org

Approved Booklist

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