In response to board member requests, MSBA offers a variety of training for effective governance. Participate in research-based professional development workshops specifically designed for board members and superintendents. Reflect on your governance practices with the Board Self Evaluation. View online training modules independently or as a group.
You’ll need an MSBA login and password to access some of these member-only documents. For a password, email Eileen Woody, email@example.com for assistance.
Board Self Evaluation
The school board’s commitment to its own growth and development is an important part of continuous district improvement. The revised MSBA Board Self Evaluation establishes a baseline measurement of the current governance leadership beliefs and practices of the school board that are correlated by research as supporting high student achievement. The BSE items are informed by the effective board practices supported by the Iowa Lighthouse Studies, the NSBA Key Work of School Boards, the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance and the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence.
The BSE is administered through an online survey. Instructions and the link to the survey are emailed to each board member. Individual board member responses are anonymous.
Scoring and Analysis
MSBA will compile the individual responses to produce frequency and average response scores for each item. Summary reports provide feedback on areas of board governance strengths, need for information and opportunities for improvement. Reports may be categorized by the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance or the Baldrige Education Criteria for Performance Excellence.
There are two ways boards may use the revised BSE.
Board Facilitates Own Discussion of Results
After each board member responds to the BSE, MSBA will summarize the results and email reports to each board member and the superintendent. Suggestions for discussion will be included. The cost for this option is $150.
MSBA Facilitated Discussion of Results
After each board member responds to the BSE, MSBA will summarize the results and email reports to each board member and the superintendent. MSBA will facilitate an in-district discussion of the results with the board and superintendent and provide print copies of the reports and related materials. The discussion may lead to the development of board goals to address areas for improvement. The discussion lasts 2 to 2 ½ hours. The cost for this option is $450 plus mileage reimbursement (not to exceed $150).