Voices of Alaska Education
Our Mission: To advocate for children and youth by assisting school boards in providing
quality public education, focused on student achievement, through effective local governance.
MARCH 2022
  • AASB Receives Family Engagement Carnegie Grant
  • In Memoriam: Eileen Herman
  • Norm Wooten remembers Don Young
  • AASB School Law & Policy Day + Alaska Science of Reading Symposium - April 28 thru May 1 - Register Now!
  • June Nelson Scholarship - Application Deadline: April 1st
  • First-term Board Member Webinar Series - Register Now!
  • Spring Boardsmanship & Legislative Fly-In - Highlights and Resources
  • Clint Campion - A Free AND Ordered Space
  • Ann Macfarlane - Jurassic Parliament
  • Ask AASB
  • Bulletin Board
  • Federal, State, & District News
Finding a way to “Yes”
Lon Garrison, AASB Executive Director

Leadership in democratic governance is not easy. In fact, it is often messy and very hard. Sometimes it is incredibly frustrating. Not all decisions turn out the way you may want, but for the most part, it works. However, it only works when leaders come together with the expectation that the goal is to accomplish something for the benefit of the whole, a servant leadership approach. As a leader participating in this process, you may need to put perfection aside and settle for “pretty good” because that is often far better than nothing. Unfortunately, in today’s political reality, many have taken an “all or nothing” approach to democracy which is not democratic at all.

At our recent AASB Legislative Fly-in, we had the privilege and opportunity to have Senator Tom Begich, a member of the Senate Education Committee, speak to school board members about the democratic process, using the Alaska Reads Act as an example, SB 111. And while the Senator spoke to us about the bill itself and its evolution, he was giving us the opportunity to see how a coming to “pretty good” could create a path forward that has a far greater impact when considering other legislation that could benefit public education, say for instance an increase in the Base Student Allocation.

We have often spoken about the Art of Compromise. Even in today’s political environment, which is highly polarized, trying to get something done, means that we often have to compromise. We have to find a way to a solution, a way to get to “yes”. As local school board members, when you go to your school board meetings and have to make hard decisions, it’s not always a unanimous decision. I recall as a school board member, we often had a vigorous debate on an issue, and the vote was split. At times I was on the winning end, and sometimes I was not. However, I always felt like we usually made the best decision because we had a debate and civil discourse. Senator Begich’s example of working with the governor, a political opponent for him, on an issue that could have a profound impact on the lives of children couldn’t be a more appropriate example of that. The persistence of moving an issue forward in the best interest of the students of the state of Alaska is exemplary.

The Policy Manual: Your District’s Superpower!
Tiffany Jackson, AASB Director of Membership Services

Every day the Association of Alaska School Boards receives phone calls from school board members, superintendents, executive admins, and even the public asking questions about school board operations. Usually, the first thing we do when identifying if we can help answer the question is say, “Let’s pull up the district’s policies.” The vast majority of questions we receive can indeed be answered by referring to the district’s policy manual. This is why it’s so critical for your district’s policy manual to be easily accessible to everyone, including the public.

“Tiffany,” you may be saying, “our policy manual is already on our website.” AWESOME! My next question for you is, how easy is it to find on your website? Do you have a bright button on your homepage that takes you directly to your policy manual? Or, do you have to know that school district policies are a function of the school board, and therefore you have to navigate to the school board section of the website first to locate your policies? I work with districts all over the state, pulling up many of your policy manuals daily, and I can tell you, some of you have policy manuals that aren’t very easy to find. If a policy expert has difficulty finding your policy manual, what chances will a community member with limited policy knowledge know where to find them?

Now that you’ve got your policies easily findable on your district’s homepage, you may be wondering what your next step as a school board member may be when it comes to policies.

Strengthening Our Skills for Resilience and Connection
Heather Coulehan, AASB Social and Emotional Learning Coordinator

Does this meme feel familiar? 

Educators across Alaska have shared that there are many continuing stressors building on top of each other in schools and communities. The recent shortage of people to work and so many getting sick, highlighted the ongoing challenges for students, families, and ourselves.

Recently, a principal remarked, “We need time to cry. Where is the time for emotion in school? There is so much emotion coming up for students and adults now.”
Wellness starts with resilience and self-care. Resilience is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, stress, or trauma. It is coping with the ups and downs of life by fostering your own wellness and regulation. Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in accordance with the demands of the situation.

AASB Is Among Ten National Nonprofits Receiving Carnegie Grants to Support Family Engagement in Student Learning

Building on its longstanding support for family engagement and home-school partnerships, Carnegie Corporation of New York has awarded ten grants to nonprofit organizations serving communities in nine states. Each will receive $100,000 over a period of 12 months to focus on family engagement, one of the most influential factors in educational outcomes. 
These nonprofits are meeting the distinct needs of their communities. They are overcoming barriers and enabling educators and parents to be true partners in helping students thrive,” said Ambika Kapur, program officer for the Corporations Public Understanding portfolio of grants. “As we emerge from the pandemic, these collaborations will remain essential to student learning and to the nations recovery.”
Special consideration was given to applicants that work to support learning among students of color, multilingual learners, and students from low-income backgrounds. The grants are intended to help recipients design, implement, and strengthen school-based family engagement strategies that can improve student learning. 
The Carnegie grant will allow the Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) to work with families in three school districts—Juneau, St. Marys, and Lower Kuskokwim—to co-create age-appropriate and place-based learning materials and opportunities that supplement AASB’s Stronger Together family/school partnership framework. In addition to resources, participating educators will be supported to use family-designed resources and strategies that can benefit student transitions and learning in 3rd grade, 6th grade, and 8th grade.
As researchers and experts in the parent/school partnership movement, AASB offers ongoing tailored professional learning in relationship building with families, building confidence for partnerships, and linking families to learning. Culturally responsive family partnership work is an essential predictor for student outcomes, educational equity, and achieving AAABs mission to advocate for youth.
To support this work, AASB created Stronger Together: The Power of School and Family Partnership in Alaska, a roadmap and key milestones for family, student, and school partnerships. The Stronger Together framework was developed in collaboration with school staff, school board members, community partners, parents, grandparents, and other contributors from across Alaska. It is actively being used by thousands of families and educators to build trust and institute partnership within the family/school dynamic.

Eileen Ondo Herman
AASB marks the passing of longtime Delta Greely school board member Eileen Herman with great sadness. During this difficult time, we offer our thoughts of support to Eileen's family, and to the students, families, board, and staff of the district she faithfully served for 18 years.

Through her background as a bookkeeper, small business owner, and community volunteer, Eileen brought a breadth of practical experience to the school board. During her tenure, Eileen held the offices of treasurer, clerk, and vice-president and served on numerous board committees and work groups.

She attained AASB's Master Boardsmanship Award and received the AASB Carl Rose Governance Award in recognition of her outstanding service, commitment, dedication, and accomplishments as a locally elected school board member. In nominating Eileen for the Carl Rose award, the Delta Greely board wrote:

Ms. Herman holds a quiet but deeply-rooted vision for education in our community and the dedication to volunteer her time to serve that end. Before her re-election to the DGSD School Board in 2014, she wrote, "I am on the board because it is my desire to ensure that our children have the best possible educational opportunities. I believe in the public education system and have faith in our teachers, aides, and administrative staff." Eileen's consistent and steady service in the business of the board put evidence to her words: she is diligent in preparing for and carefully considering each issue before the board, and her input is insightful and drawn from the needs of our children and our community. She has also participated in the Strategic Planning process to further educational excellence in our area. In her role as Policy Committee Chair, she leads thoughtful discussions to craft our policies to care for our students, support the district, and reflect the priorities of our area. Through her steady, diligent service, she demonstrates her strong vision for our schools, and inspires that vision in others.

AASB Associate Executive Director Timi Tullis often worked with Eileen and the Delta Greely School Board and shared this memory of her:

"Eileen never failed to work on behalf of kids in her district. When she had 'retired' from the board, and a vacant seat emerged, she willingly got on the board again. She was gracious to sit on the AASB Budget Committee several times and never missed an on-site board self-assessment workshop in the 14 years I have facilitated them in Delta. Eileen leaves a huge hole in the community, and she will be missed dearly by me personally."

Eileen's civic-mindedness and public spirit were highlighted in her obituary:

The fabric of a community is held together by the people who step up; the people who give their time, energy, and money to help a town become a better place. Sadly, Delta Junction lost one of those people. We hope that when you remember Eileen, you remember her warmth, her kindness, her love for others, her amazing, heart-warming laugh, and her world-class hugs. And we hope those memories make you smile. She would have wanted that.

Don Young
Rep. Don Young meets with an AASB delegation in his Washington D.C. office on April 13, 2017.
L-R: Michael Swain, Tiffany Jackson, Rep. Young, Peter Hoepfner, and Norm Wooten.
"Congressman for All Alaska"
Norm Wooten, Former Executive Director of AASB
As last week’s announcement of the death of Congressman Don Young rolled across Alaska, it caused many to consider his legacy and the influence he wielded in Washington, D.C. as an advocate for his beloved Alaska. 

Congressman Young understood well the importance to Alaska in having a representative with the seniority to fight for Alaska. 
A banner in Rep. Young's office honoring his "Dean of the House" status as the longest continuously serving member of the US House of Representatives.
And in his own frequently used self-introduction, “Hi, I’m Don Young, Congressman for All Alaska,” he reminded you that he stood alone in the U.S. House of Representatives and only through his seniority could he effectively represent the state. He had no fear of standing up as 1 against 434 colleagues - if it would help Alaska.

Seated in a special election in 1973, 49 years ago, he was the only Congressman that many Alaskans have ever had. As the longest serving Republican in history, Young served in the House 49 years and had already announced his candidacy for a 26th term. As the longest serving sitting member of the House, he carried the honorary title of Dean of the House, with the banner in his office to remind visitors of his staying power. 
Congressman Young was outspoken, brash, and sometimes overbearing – but he was “all Alaskan” and was unapologetic in his defense of Alaska. He frequently reminded others of how Alaska, as the 49th state, lagged behind every other state in infrastructure. It was in his DNA makeup to correct that situation and secure as much funding as possible to allow Alaska to stand as an equal with all other states. 
He began his House career by shepherding the permit process through the House for the Trans-Alaska Pipeline to transport Alaska’s oil to market and ended his career by breaking ranks with his party to pass the infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Both of those actions have significant positive impacts on Alaska. Congressman Young was the prime sponsor of 123 bills that were enacted over his career. His office contained photos of him with ten different presidents signing legislation sponsored by Young. He had no reluctance in reaching across the aisle if it would serve Alaska and Alaskans. 
Of significance to AASB, Congressman Young was a former BIA school teacher in Fort Yukon and could talk education issues with an understanding of the importance of a quality education for every Alaskan student. He was the recipient of a Congressional award from the National School Boards Association for his support to increase IDEA funding. 
AASB offers its gratitude to Congressman Young for always being on the front line for Alaska. There will never be another Don Young. He truly was “one of a kind” and left an indelible mark on the lives of Alaskans.
William A. Egan Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage
AASB has teamed up with DEED and R16CC for a
Weekend Extravaganza
focused on two critical Alaska Education matters:
Education Funding and Reading!
School Law & Policy Day attendees will receive:

  • Grounding in Alaska Education funding on a constitutional level (John Sedor) and a practical level (Luke Fulp, Deputy Superintendent of Business & Operations, Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District).
  • Presentation from Georgetown University Professor Chad Aldeman on “How To Make Money Matter More” which looks at how districts are spending money and whether current allocations line up with district goals, and “Where Did All the Money Go?” which will look at the $557 Million that Alaska has received from the three rounds of federal relief legislation, how it has been spent so far, and how district leaders can take steps to ensure it is used creatively and efficiently. 
  • Civil Discourse on Education Funding Issues with the Professor (Chad Aldeman), the Commissioner (Michael Johnson), and the Legislator (Senator Tom Begich).

Following Law & Policy Day, the Alaska Science of Reading Symposium co-hosted by DEED and the Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) will feature national literacy experts presenting on current best practices and theories of change focused on understanding the science of reading.

Register for both events here
Please Note – A $100 registration fee for the School Law & Policy Day
will be covered by a partnership with DEED.
Attention High School Seniors!

Apply for AASB’s 31st Annual June Nelson Scholarship Competition 

Winners receive a
$1,500 scholarship!

The Association of Alaska School Boards is proud to announce its 31st Annual Scholarship Award Competition! The June Nelson Memorial Scholarship is named in honor of the late June Nelson, a longtime school board member from Kotzebue. June contributed much to the cause of education and is remembered for her outstanding service on behalf of Alaska’s children.

This 2021-2022 school year, AASB will award fifteen graduating seniors each with a $1,500 scholarship to apply toward their post-secondary education. The scholarship may be applied toward the student’s choice of a business, trade, or college institution.

Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm

2022 AASB First-term Board Member Webinar Series

Final live webinar of the series!
Click title for information and registration.

Recorded Webinars

Missed a session? Slides, video recordings, and other resources for completed webinars in the 2022 First-term Board Members series are available. (Member password required to access video content).

Mar 29 - Working with your Community Slides | Video
Mar 15 - Working with your Board Slides | Video
Mar 8 - Board Policy: Development and Governance Slides | Video
Mar 1 - The Board and the Budget Slides | Video
Feb 22 - School Finance with an Expert! Slides | Video
Feb 8 - The Superintendent – Building a Relationship Slides | Video
Feb 1 - Conducting Effective Meetings & Roberts Rules of Order Basics Slides | Video
Jan 25 - School Law Basics Video
Jan 18 - Welcome to the Board and AASB Board Standard Slides | Video

Please Note: Member password is required to access videos. Contact Tiffany Jackson.
March Conferences

The Spring Boardsmanship Academy and Legislative Fly-In was held March 19-22 at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall in Juneau.

The Spring Boardsmanship Academy focused on board roles in providing leadership during stressful times, understanding Alaska’s COVID relief funding for education, and strategies for engaging school communities.

At the Legislative Fly-In attendees received briefings on education-related bills on the move this session and their impact on districts, discussed issues influencing education in 2022, and met with legislators to advocate for key education legislation.

Browse slideshows, video, and other resources by clicking the button below.
Spring Boardsmanship Academy
Self Care During These Times

Lilian Schreiner, with JAMHI started the day by presenting on Self-Care During These Times, by focusing on mindfulness. She shared research behind mindfulness and what attendees could do right now as well as daily to become a mindful person. To practice mindfulness right now, she suggested to; Stop what you’re doing and take a breath and notice the sensation of your breath, Put down your phone, and do one thing at a time. Daily practice to become a mindful person can include savoring every bite when you eat, listening to soothing music, going for a walk, and organizing something at work or home.
COVID Relief Funding Dashboard

Next, Stephanie Allison, Division Operations Manager with the State of Alaska Department of Education & Early Development presented on the recently launched COVID- Relief Funding Dashboard. This enables districts and other entities to see how COVID funds are being utilized. Through the dashboard, the public can see how much funding was issued to each entity (School Districts, DEED, Office of the Governor, and Non-Public Schools), and how they have chosen to use the funding allocated.

Alaska school districts have received over $500 million dollars to date in relief funding from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Allison delved into the School Districts dashboard.COVID relief funding was provided to school districts through three relief acts: 
  1. Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
  2. Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRSSA) Act.
  3. American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act. 

Each school district has its own dashboard, where you can see the status of COVID-funding for each act. This includes the amount received, total expenditures, and Remaining Award.

For more information and to explore the dashboard: 
Stronger Together: Community Engagement and Collaboration

After Lunch, Claudia Plesa and Lisa X’unyéil Worl, with AASB, presented a session on Stronger Together: Community Engagement and Collaboration. They shared key components and mindsets of Community Engagement and best practices for doing this type of work.
Key Ingredients of Successful Community Engagement includes making sure efforts are coordinated, collaborative, embedded, focused, measured, and strong involvement from site administrators.

They shared two examples of community engagement; Community Dialogues in Metlakatla and Stronger Together: Strengthening Family Partnerships. Community Dialogues provides an opportunity to create safe spaces to have difficult conversations and foster community healing. Attendees then discussed how they might use a community conversation in their communities.
Stronger Together is a framework for school family partnerships, that has been adapted to the Alaska context from the SEDL: Dual Capacity Framework and other national resources. Other resources have been adapted from local family engagement tools designed for Alaska. The framework describes corees elements and offers key strategies and tools to help educators and families work together to benefit each student. 

Attendees were given a copy of the framework, and it is available here.
The Board’s Role in Engaging Your School Communities

The afternoon ended with Jenni Lefing and Tiffany Jackson leading a session on The Board’s Role in Engaging Your School Communities. The session began with a review of the four key roles of school boards; hire and evaluate the superintendent, set and approve the district budget, review and adopt curriculum and develop and adopt policies to govern the district, as well as the five AASB Board Standards- Vision, Structure, Accountability, Advocacy and Conduct-Ethics.
Attendees then participated in a “world cafe” conversation to answer four questions centered around the four standards. Here are highlights from their conversations:

What is your district doing to set a vision for the district? 
  • Strategic Plan
  • Regular meeting/committees
  • Reading our goals and mission statement at the beginning of each meeting
  • Multi-tasking

How can you help engage the community in buying into the vision? 
  • Renew annually
  • Reference often
  • Communication to stakeholders via regular meetings

What have you learned today which will help you engage your education stakeholders and advocate on behalf of the district?
  • Stronger Together Book- translating to a local language
  • Professional development
  • Mindfulness
  • Partnerships
  • Communication- bridging gaps between members and stakeholders
  • Adaptation
  • Mentors
  • Recognizing different cultures in communities
  • Advocating for infrastructure

How does your board demonstrate a commitment to continually improving teamwork, problem solving, and decision making skills, and/or act in a manner that reflects service to the community on behalf of students? 
  • We set a good example; we agree to disagree
  • To attend all scheduled meetings
  • To support each other and our superintendent
  • We respect the input from all, when making decisions
  • Sharing our goals and objectives
  • Budget is student-centered
  • Attending AASB’s trainings
  • Using respectful, kind,tone in all communications
  • Stated in Board Vision/Mission Statement 

What from today applies to your role, and the board standards of structure and accountability? 
  • Analyzing data and sharing data
  • Updating and creating policies- supporting family partnerships
  • Creating a structure and set of behaviors and activities that reengages community and builds trust
  • A board has to practice unity

How will you implement what you’ve learned back home?
  • Community meetings/re-establishing gatherings
  • Talk about this at board meeting
  • More community support from leadership

The next opportunity to spend a day working on boardsmanship skills will be April 28- 29 for AASB's School Law & Policy Day and DEED's Alaska Science of Reading Symposium in Anchorage.
Legislative Fly-In
Legislative Process & Context: Your Status as a School Board Member
Norm Wooten, AASB Director of Advocacy

Norm began by recounting that in his 30+ years of working with the legislature, he has never seen as many bills relevant to education introduced in a session, a total of 183 so far. “You couldn’t be here at a more opportune time,” he told attendees. “This could be classified as the Year of Education.” 

There is extra money available this year as a result of increased oil prices, Permanent Fund investments, and federal pandemic stimulus funds. Wooten said he'll do everything he can to encourage legislators to spend it on education. "Investing in Alaska’s students is the best investment we can make,” he said, “and that’s going to be your job as well when you go up on the hill.”

Wooten explained how the House and Senate create their own versions of the operating budget, then meet in conference committee to negotiate a compromise for a combined budget that represents the interests of both bodies. Once a compromise is reached, the House and Senate vote on its final passage. After the budget has been passed by the legislature, it is sent to the governor for his signature. The governor also has line item veto power to eliminate any parts of the budget he doesn’t like. 
"The messiest form of government that has ever been created in the history of our world is democracy.,” Wooten told attendees. "It’s also the very best form of government. Our system allows for citizen input," he said, "so by the time a bill goes through the committee process, gets vetted, and crosses the finish line, it’s probably a pretty decent bill.” 

Alaska has a unique legislative process that is more open to the citizens of Alaska than any of the other 49 states, he said. This openness provides a great opportunity for school board members to access to their legislators and advocate for the needs of their districts. 

To underscore the important role school board members have in the legislative process, Wooten asked attendees to stand as he led them in reciting the oath they took when they were first sworn in as board members, as required by Alaska statute 14.12.090. 

He emphasized the portion of the oath that says, I will honestly, faithfully, and impartially discharge my duties as a school board member to the best of my ability.

"Your responsibilities are numerous, and sometimes onerous," Wooten said, reciting a lengthy list of complex tasks and compliance responsibilities school board members must undertake to run a school district. 

“You are a BIG DEAL,” he told attendees. "You are often the largest employer in your community or region. You are such a 'big deal' that the legislature has protected you from personal liability as long as you are acting as a board.” 

He asked attendees to remember that, as School Board members, they are agents of the State of Alaska. The Alaska Constitution establishes a 'system of public schools open to all children of the State.' "You, as a school board member, were elected by the people of your community to govern and oversee that system of public schools open to all the children of the state," he said.

Don’t ever forget that oath of office you took as a newly elected or reelected school board member that says, I will honestly, faithfully, and impartially discharge my duties as a school board member to the best of my ability.

So what does this mean?

A legislator is not “doing you a favor” by agreeing to meet with you! By traveling to Juneau you are faithfully discharging your duty as a school board member by advocating for the students of your district! You enter a legislative office as an elected agent of the State of Alaska doing your job – just as every other legislator is doing. Never be apologetic for coming to Juneau and advocating for students. It’s your job!

Wooten also discussed the candidates in the upcoming gubernatorial race, explained how Alaska’s new “ranked choice” voting system will work, and outlined the current pandemic safety protocols required to enter the Capitol building.

He closed his presentation with a quote from Thomas Jefferson: "We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate."

“That’s you,” said Wooten, pointing to the audience. "The state of Alaska has incredible access to our government. Don’t take it for granted. Go up to the Capitol building, do your job, and advocate for the children of your district."

Sunday Luncheon Keynote Address: Senator Tom Begich
Key Points
  • Begich issued a warning to school boards: Governor Dunleavy has said that unless a reading bill is passed this session, he will veto any new education funding.

  • Critical education funding bills like a BSA increase and PFD 25/75 POMV Split, even if passed by the legislature, are in danger of being vetoed by the governor.

  • The reading bill DOES NOT INCLUDE:
  • English Language Only requirement
  • High Stakes Testing 
  • Mandated Retention
Senator Begich provided a detailed analysis of this session's political landscape, and the history and importance of reading bills SB 111 and its companion bill HB 164, both now being considered by legislative committees.

He said the tragedies of the Ukraine invasion driving up oil prices and an infusion of federal pandemic stimulus funding has created a unique financial oppoprtunity for Alaska.

Gov. Dunleavy has made it known that unless a reading bill is passed this session, he will veto any new education funding. Begich strongly advocated for getting both bills passed to deter the governor from vetoing other important education funding bills.

If both reading bills are passed, they will be combined into a single bill. Any needed adjustments to the legislation can be made in following years, Begich said.

To express support for the reading bills, he urged school boards to contact all members of the Senate Finance Committee to request that SB 111 be passed, and all members of House Education Committee to request passage of HB 164.

There have been some misconceptions about the bills circulating in the education community, Begich said. He urged school board members to become familiar with the legislation to understand what impact it would—and would not—have on their districts.

To provide a better understanding of what's in the reading bills, and the importance of their passage this session, links to a text transcript and video of Senator Begich's remarks are provided below.

Senator Begich's Remarks: Text Transcript | Video

Please Note: Member password is required to access videos. Contact Jenni Lefing.
Legislative Issues and Bill Review
Norm Wooten, AASB Director of Advocacy

AASB Advocacy Director Norm Wooten gave an update of the status of key education bills being considered by House and Senate committees.

Governor Dunleavy has said that unless a reading bill passes this session (SB 111 & HB 164) he will veto any new education funding, which could include a BSA increase (HB 272 & HB 273) and the PFD 25/75 POMV Split (HB 259) that would provide a predictable public education funding stream.

AASB is currently tracking the progress of 183 education-related bills. Norm focused his remarks on the following 18 bills that have momentum and may have a chance of passing this session.
  • HB 48 – Alaska Performance Scholarship: Eligibility – Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau)
  • HB 108 – Concurrent Secondary & Trade School – Rep. Ken McCarty (R-Eagle River)
  • HB 164Early ED Programs; Reading; Virtual Ed – Rep. Chris Tuck (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 173 – School Climate & Connectedness – Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 220 – Retirement Systems; Defined Benefits Option – Rep. Grier Hopkins (D-Fairbanks)
  • HB 259 – PFD’s 25/75 POMV Split – Rep. Ivy Spohnholz (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 272 – Increase Base Student Allocation – Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau)
  • HB 273 – Increase Base Student Allocation Inflation – Rep. Andi Story (D-Juneau)
  • HB 312 – Allow Natural Hairstyles – Rep. Geran Tarr (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 350 – School Bond Debt Reimbursement – Rep. Harriet Drummond (D-Anchorage)
  • HB 351 – Establishment of Public Schools Thru State-Tribal Compacts – Rep. Tiffany Zulkosky (D-Bethel)
  • SB 20 – Out of State Teacher Reciprocity – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)
  • SB 34 – State-Tribal Education Compact Schools – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)
  • SB 72 – Secondary School Civics Education – Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak)
  • SB 111Alaska Academic Improvement and Modernization ACT – Senate Education Committee
  • SB 140 – Designate Sex for School-Sponsored Sports – Sen. Shelley Hughes (R-Palmer)
  • SB 174 – Allow Natural Hairstyles – Sen. David Wilson (R-Wasilla)
  • SB 225 – Teacher Registered Apprenticeship Programs – Senate Education Committee
Click on a bill number above to access each bill’s full text, fiscal notes, amendments, and other information. Click on the links below for additional details and Norm's analysis of each of the above bills.

Please Note: Member password is required to access videos. Contact Jenni Lefing.
A Free AND Ordered Space: Egyptian Artisans, Strike Class 1 Employees, the Montreal Police Department and Alaskan Educators: Could We See A Teachers’ Strike in Alaska?
Part 8 of the series
Clint Campion of Sedor, Wendlandt, Evans & Filippi, LLC

The first documented example of worker “strikes” occurred in ancient Egypt (1159 B.C.). Artisans working on the royal tombs at Thebes walked off the job because of delays in receiving their daily rations. In response to the strike, Pharaoh Ramses III raised the artisans’ wages. This is an early example of the tension between the interests of employees and labor to increased wages versus the desire of employers to minimize costs related to achieving goals.

More recently, more than 4,000 teachers from the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers went on strike for the first time in more than 50 years. The teachers went on strike for higher wages and smaller class sizes. The district resisted the teachers’ demands, citing declining enrollment and shrinking budgets. The teachers reached a tentative agreement on March 25 with Minneapolis Public Schools to end a strike that caused more than 30,000 students to miss 14 school days. The tentative agreement includes protection for teachers of color, increased pay and benefits, class size caps, and enhanced mental health supports.

In Alaska, school districts face budgetary challenges caused by increasing costs, flat state funding, and declining enrollment while teachers’ unions push for higher wages based on inflation pressures and changes to other workplace conditions. While districts and unions are generally able to work out their differences through negotiations and interest arbitration, if a compromise is not reached, could we see Alaskan educators walking off of the job?

Rights and Responsibilities of the Member
Ann Macfarlane, Professional Parliamentarian

Weldon L. Merritt, PRP, CPP, has graciously authorized Jurassic Parliament to publish this listing of the rights and responsibilities of ordinary members of an organization. All citations are taken from Robert’s Rules of Order Newly Revised, 12th edition (RONR).

Please note that neither the list of member rights nor the list of member responsibilities is intended to be exhaustive. In addition, neither the rights nor the responsibilities are necessarily absolute in every instance.

Q: Can you add items to the agenda AT the meeting?

A: Best practice would say no. As a governing body of a public entity, the public has the right to ‘reasonable’ notice of an item coming before the school board. 

If an item is added AT the meeting, the public will not have received any notice of the item being discussed, which is a violation of the open meetings act.
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Articles in this section are excerpted from the AASB STEPS Alaska Promise Neighborhood Newsletter that focuses on the work in progress among the Supporting Transitions and Educational Promise Southeast Alaska (STEPS Alaska) grant regional partners, who are striving to improve outcomes for Southeast Alaska’s youth.
For the STEPS March newsletter, we are sharing visual snapshots to showcase the inspiring work being done by STEPS partners. Gunalchéesh / Haw’aa STEPS partners for sharing your time, your work and photos with everyone.

Families of young children reconnect at the first open turf night in 2 years. The Friday evening events foster family connections and are organized by aeyc and hosted by partnership for families and children partners.

Haa Tóosh Lichéesh rose oil making event.

Haa Léelk'u Has Aaní (On Our Grandparents' Land) Angoon Culture Camp. Students pictured here with large x’áal’(skunk cabbage) leaves.

Hoonah 6th grade students presented a Readersʼ Theater to the 4th and 5th grade classes on February 16th, which is designated as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day in Alaska. After the presentation, the 4th & 5th graders sang the Elizabeth Peratrovich Rap, composed by Daaljíni Mary Foletti.

Another successful STEAM Fest the first week of March 2022.

Students in TMHS Marine Biology class re-articulating a marine mammal skeleton. Students also earn dual credit with UAF.

Boys Run I toowú klatseen participants warm up while practicing positive self talk. Boys and coaches each shouted one of their inner strengths before running a lap and choosing a new self affirmation to shout.
Looking for additional ideas?
Check out the STEPS Resources page for past newsletters
and other STEPS-related resources.
There are so many ways to learn together – from reading a book and making observations to sharing traditions, stories, and songs. The most important thing is time spent together.

#parentingtips #rainorshinelearningallthetime

The Alaska Energy Authority is accepting applications for energy efficiency improvements on public buildings and facilities. The program is supported by the Denali Commission and the State of Alaska. Alaska communities with a population of 8,000 or less are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due April 26, 2022 at 2 PM. 
  • 100 or fewer people may receive up to $100,000
  • 101 to 200 people may receive up to $150,000
  • 201 to 500 people may receive up to $200,000
  • 501 to 1,000 people may receive up to $300,000
  • 1,000 to 8,000 people may receive up to $400,000
School Health ECHO Webinars

The School Health ECHO is a virtual learning network intended for professionals in the education setting (administrators, school-based nurses, etc.) to interface with a team of medical and education experts in Alaska. This series is focused on health considerations, answering questions related to Educational & School settings, and establishing a safe school environment during this critical time.

Weekly sessions will continue to include Covid-19 updates, but have now expanded to include other topics impacting school health, including mental health, chronic illness, violence prevention, substance misuse, and environmental health.

Upcoming Webinar Dates

  • April 4, 2022 03:00 PM
  • April 11, 2022 03:00 PM
  • Apr 18, 2022 03:00 PM
  • Apr 25, 2022 03:00 PM
  • May 2, 2022 03:00 PM
  • May 9, 2022 03:00 PM
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Murkowski Delivers Big Wins for Alaska in Interior Appropriations Bill
Senator Lisa Murkowski

President Biden signed into law an omnibus appropriations package containing funding for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2022. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) secured provisions to strengthen Alaska’s economy, improve water and wastewater infrastructure, and create safer and healthier communities across the state.

The omnibus bill fully funds the PILT program, directs significant funding to clean drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, provides for wildfire mitigation and natural hazards monitoring, and invests in our public lands.
Photo: Wikipedia
"I secured continued funding for public safety and to tackle the ongoing crisis of missing, murdered, and trafficked indigenous women and girls. And, to create a healthier, safer Alaska, we provide crucial resources to help prevent suicide, substance misuse, and alcohol abuse,” said Senator Murkowski. “As we rebuild and strengthen our economy, the programmatic and congressionally directed funding I’ve secured in this measure will provide greater certainty, hope, and support for Alaskans as we work together to realize our state’s unrivaled promise.”

Alaska House committee proposes using part of rising oil money to fund schools a year ahead of time
Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media

The Alaska House Finance Committee plans to spend some of extra state money from high oil prices on funding public education a year ahead of time.

The committee updated its version of the budget on Wednesday, with $1.2 billion committed to public schools beyond what it already planned. If the plan becomes law, that would mean there’s enough money budgeted to cover the state share of school costs through June 2024.
The Alaska House Finance Committee meets to discuss the state’s improved revenue forecast on Wednesday in the Capitol. The committee’s latest version of the budget includes an additional $1.2 billion to fund public education a year ahead of time. Photo: Andrew Kitchenman
Nome Democratic Rep. Neal Foster, a committee co-chair, said education is a priority for the House majority. “Stability is an issue when the school districts need to build their budgets,” he said. “We felt it’s important that with the amount of money that’s coming into the coffers, now is a good time to provide that stability to school districts.”

Juneau lawmaker’s bills would increase per-student funding
Peter Segall, Juneau Empire

State Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, has two bills that would raise the state’s base student allocation, and are currently being heard in the House Finance Committee. Finance committees are typically the last committee bills go through before being sent to the floor.

Speaking to the House Finance Committee, Story said that due to inflation each year without an increase to the base student allocation amounts to a reduction in funding. The base student allocation is the amount of money per student a district receives each year from the state.
Representative Andi Story
Photo: Alaska Legislature
House Bill 272 proposes raising the allocation from $5,930 to $6,153 in 2022 and then to $6,208 in 2023. HB 273 would require the state to annually increase the allocation by an amount tied to the Consumer Price Index for Anchorage.

Alaska senators consider bill to protect accounts used for scholarships, ferries
Andrew Kitchenman, Alaska Public Media

The Senate Finance Committee is weighing a bill that’s aimed at protecting state accounts used to pay for university scholarships and the ferry system. The intent of Senate Bill 224 is to keep any money in the accounts from being swept into a state piggy bank, the Constitutional Budget Reserve.

A Superior Court judge recently ruled against university students who sued to keep more than $400 million in the Higher Education Investment Fund.
The University of Alaska Southeast campus in Juneau. Photo: David Purdy/KTOO
It pays for Alaska Performance Scholarships, Alaska Education Grants and the state’s medical education program, WWAMI, named after the initials of the states that participate, Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

The sweep grew the Constitutional Budget Reserve from roughly $1 billion to $1.5 billion. Bethel Democratic Sen. Lyman Hoffman said at a committee meeting that Alaskans who rely on the scholarships and the ferries want more certainty.

About 100,000 borrowers eligible for student loan forgiveness program
Staff, Alaska's News Source

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Education said it has identified 100,000 borrowers eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The program forgives the remaining balance on direct loans after the borrower has made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
The U.S. Department of Education said it has identified 100,000 borrowers eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Photo: Pixabay
The program launched 15 years ago, but the Biden administration made changes to it in October. Among the changes, for a limited time, borrowers may receive credit for past periods of repayment on loans that would otherwise not qualify for the program.
Some borrowers have until October to apply for the forgiveness.

For more information on student loan debt cancellation, visit the Department of Education website.
A proposed Tribal education compacting bill could overhaul education for Alaska Natives
Olivia Ebertz, KYUK

A proposed bill seeks to address high school dropout rates by putting the education plans in the hands of Tribes. Supporters say Tribal education compacts could lead to drastic improvement in education for Alaska Native communities.
Alaska ranks among the bottom states for graduation rates. And within the state, Alaska Native students drop out of secondary school at higher rates than their peers. According to data from the past three decades, Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta schools consistently have the highest dropout rates in the state. Proponents of a new bill think that they can change poor outcomes for Alaska Native students by putting education directly in the hands of Tribes.

Free educational kits teach about snow, Alaska Native culture
University of Alaska Fairbanks

How much do you know about snow? Sure, it’s cold, it’s white, and it’s a regular part of life in the Far North. But how much do you really know about snow? Did you know there are several types of the white stuff, for example?
That information and more awaits readers in a new snow activities kit produced by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio.

“The kits are family oriented. The idea is that a child does this with their parents or their brothers and sisters,” said Matthew Sturm, leader of the Geophysical Institute’s Snow, Ice and Permafrost Group. “It’s the size of a shoebox.”

The kit includes activities in five subjects: snowflakes, insulation, animal tracks, water and ice and walking on snow. Each kit includes some supplies and a 20-page booklet designed by the Ohio center that includes instructions, subject discussion, information about Alaska Native culture, and other fun material in a pleasing presentation. A QR code with each activity leads to a related video.

Statement by President Joe Biden
on the Passing of Congressman Don Young
The White House

I knew Don Young for a long time. He always stayed true to who he was and the people of Alaska he represented. Tough. Loyal. A consensus builder.

He was larger than life, but always focused on Alaskans’ everyday lives. As Dean of the House, he was the longest-serving House Republican in history—but cherished photos of his legislation being signed into law by ten presidents, Republicans and Democrats.

There is no doubt that few legislators have left a greater mark on their state. Don’s legacy lives on in the infrastructure projects he delighted in steering across Alaska. In the opportunities he advanced for his constituents. In the enhanced protections for Native tribes he championed. His legacy will continue in the America he loved.
Jill and I send our prayers to his wife Anne, to his daughters and the entire Young family, and to the people of Alaska.

May God bless Don Young.
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Iris Samuels, Anchorage Daily News

After seven years with no increases to Alaska’s public education funding formula, schools across the state are facing difficult decisions as they balance increasingly tight budgets. No matter how much they cut, district administrators say that after seven years without a change to the school funding, they are constantly in reduction mode.
Maria Godoy, NPR News

Not many people can say the pandemic has made their jobs easier. But in some ways, Tracy Enger can. For more than 25 years, she’s been fighting to improve the air quality inside of America’s schools. But there are lots of competing demands for limited school budgets. And in the past, getting school districts to prioritize indoor air quality hasn’t been easy.
Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media

The Anchorage School District has announced three finalists in its search for a new superintendent: Jharrett Bryantt, an executive officer in the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas; Mathew Neal, superintendent of the Woodland Park School District in Woodland Park, Colorado; and Frank Hauser, superintendent of the Sitka School District.
Connor Matteson, Alaska's News Source

One of the main items on the April 5 ballot in Anchorage is a more than $111 million bond is being proposed by the Anchorage School District for upgrades across the district. Lake Otis Elementary School is looking to receive $12.9 million of the bond because the systems at the school are beyond their expected life, leading to what the district is calling a needed upgrade to be put into the school to extend the building’s life expectancy.
Georgina Fernandez, Alaska's News Source

This is the first internship session the CTE program has had since its 18-month pandemic pause, according to the district. Students in the program can gain a high school class credit and at least 60 hours of the hands-on internship experience. The internship is open to all incoming junior and senior students in the CTE Pathways program. The application deadline for the summer session ends April 1. The internship runs from the end of May to the end of June. Students interested can reach out to their CTE teacher or their building counselor for more details. Allocations can also be found on the ASD website.
Katie Anastas, Alaska Public Media

When Summer Thomas found out that her son, Kaius, got into Campbell STEM Elementary through the district’s lottery, she was thrilled. They’d gone on a tour with the school’s principal and watched as kids engaged in dinosaur-themed activities. “I really did feel like I won the lottery when I saw that he had gotten in,” she said. “It felt amazing because I really believed in the direction that Campbell STEM was going in. But then reality started setting in.”
Isabelle Ross, KDLG

The Dillingham City School Board has chosen Amy Brower as the district’s next superintendent. Brower currently works as the superintendent of the Tanana School District, which is on the Yukon River in central Alaska. Before that, she taught at the elementary school there. In a school board announcement, Brower said she looks forward to having a “students first mindset” and collaborating with the school and community.
Jack Barnwell, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District school board members received a lesson on the district’s BEST (Building Educational Success Together) homeschool program over two budget sessions this week. School administrators, including Chief School Administrator Karen Melin, said a lot of misunderstandings exist about the programs.
Rebecca Hurbi, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Students and staff at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District had an opportunity to spend time with a Google team that had traveled to Fairbanks to learn how the district utilizes Google platforms, such as shifting email and calendaring to Google in an effort to streamline services.
Yvonne Krumrey, KTOO

Juneau School Board members are hopeful about two bills being considered in the Alaska House of Representatives. The bills would partially make up for long-standing issues with Alaska’s base student allocation. That’s the per-student state funding that goes to schools. The state stopped reimbursing school bond debt for school building projects in 2015. School board member Will Muldoon explained that the cost of those projects, combined with a decrease in enrollment in Juneau, means that there’s a higher burden on the city to pay for schools.Currently, the per student funding from the state is just under $6,000. It’s been flat-funded — that means not adjusted for inflation — since 2016.
City and Borough of Juneau

The Juneau School District is pleased to announce that Shawn Arnold will be the next principal of Thunder Mountain High School (TMHS). Arnold is currently the Director of Student Services for the Juneau School District, managing the Special Education Program and other student-related services such as counseling, students in transition, student activities and school climate. Prior to joining the Juneau School District, Arnold was Superintendent of Valdez City Schools and Nome Public Schools, and was Assistant Director in the Office of Instruction for the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District.
Peter Segall, Juneau Empire

Masks will be optional in Juneau’s schools starting April 4 following a vote by the Juneau School District Board of Education. Board members took nearly an hour debating how to best update the district’s masking guidelines but eventually voted unanimously to lift mask mandates starting a week after the return from spring break.
Ashlyn O'Hara, Homer News

New changes are coming to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the district announced. The district will no longer conduct in-school contact tracing and face coverings will be “highly recommended,” but not required, for students and staff while indoors in all COVID risk levels. Masks will also be optional for school visitors and volunteers. Masks will still be required for all school bus passengers traveling to and from school, as well as for all co-curricular activities as mandated by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, KPBSD will follow village and tribal COVID mandates for school facility operations.
Ashlyn O'Hara, Peninsula Clarion

How much should the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District charge different groups to use school pools? That question remains unanswered after debate at Monday’s Board of Education meeting sent board members back to the drawing board. Noncommercial user groups say they’re being charged too much.
Eric Stone, KRBD

Ketchikan’s school board voted to create a new administrative post to assist the district’s superintendent. What exactly the assistant superintendent would do is a bit of a question mark — that’ll be up to the district’s incoming top administrator, Michael Robbins. His first day on the job as superintendent is scheduled for July 1.
Dylan Simard, KMXT

Kodiak Island’s school board voted to hire a new superintendent in February. Cyndy Mika has been chosen out of a field of three candidates. She replaces Larry LeDoux who is retiring in June.
Cyndy Mika comes to Kodiak by way of Little Elm, Texas. She has 15 years of administration experience in the Little Elm Independent School District, and is currently superintendent there. She was hired at $170,000 a year plus benefits on a three-year contract.
Greg Kim, KYUK

Masks will be optional starting March 28 at Lower Kuskokwim School District (LKSD) schools. In a special meeting on March 22, the school board relaxed its masking policy, as well as a number of other COVID-19-related policies.
Greg Kim, KYUK

The Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Yup’ik Immersion School in Bethel is expanding in more ways than one. The immersion school is adding two extra grade levels. At the same time, construction for a new school building is well underway. This fall, Ayaprun Elitnaurvik will offer seventh grade for the first time. The following year, the school will add eighth grade.
Robert Woolsey, KCAW

The renaming of Sitka’s Baranof Elementary School has been put on hold, pending more input from tribal and other community members. The Sitka School board decided to table a final decision, after surprising resistance from within the tribal community itself. The issue has been before the Sitka School board for over a year, since January of 2021, when it was referred to the Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
Maggie Nelson, KUCB

The Unalaska City School District’s COVID-19 Advisory Committee decided to stand down Wednesday. That means committee members won’t be meeting monthly to discuss the district’s COVID-19 protocols, unless there is a spike in local cases and the district sees a need in resurrecting the advisory group. Community members, including parents, staff, industry representatives and students, make up the committee. They help advise school board officials and administration on mitigation measures.
Maggie Nelson, KUCB

The Unalaska school board is considering switching up the district’s calendar and is looking for input from the community.
At their meeting Wednesday, board members discussed three different options for future school year schedules, one of which pushes the entire school year back and puts the first day of school on Sept. 5, about two to three weeks later than usual.
Sage Smiley, KSTK

Wrangell’s public schools made masks optional a little more than a week ago. KSTK checked in with students and staff about what it’s been like to remove face coverings after nearly two years.
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Olivia Ebertz, KYUK, Bethel

The state Senate Education Committee heard nearly 4 hours of public testimony on a bill that would prevent transgender girls from competing against cisgender girls in school sports. Those who showed up and called in to testify were overwhelmingly and vehemently opposed to the bill. A transgender, or trans, person is a person who identifies with a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth. A cisgender, or cis, person does not.
This bill was written by Palmer Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes. 66 people called in or showed up in person to oppose it, while 23 called in to support it.
By Josh Reed, Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News

Charles Greene said he’s always been known as a shooter.
But in recent weeks, the Nome-Beltz junior said he’s somehow lost his touch. Greene found it Thursday, hitting his first give 3-pointers en route to a game-high 21 points in a 62-55 upset win over Houston at the Alaska 3A Boys Basketball Tournament.
Liz Alexander, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

Native Youth Olympics held its first meet of the season at Effie Kokrine Charter School. Athletes who competed were from schools across the district: North Pole High School, West Valley High School, Lathrop High School, Hutchison High School, Ryan Middle School, Tanana Middle School, Effie Kokrine Charter School and Midnight Sun Academy. The students competed in 10 traditional Alaska Native games, including the Alaskan High Kick, Eskimo Stick Pull and Seal Hop.
Derek Clarkston, Kodiak Daily Mirror

Sienna Mickelson is a middle school state champion. The Kodiak wrestler pinned her way to the girls’ 113-pound title at the Tanana Invitational Saturday in Fairbanks. 
Greg Kim, KYUK

In a stunning finish, the sixth-seeded Toksook Bay Islanders boys basketball team won the 1A state championship, knocking off the two top-seeded teams in the tournament in consecutive nights. In the March 19 championship game, the Toksook Bay Islanders beat the top-seeded Tanana Wolves 51-47.
Maggie Nelson, KUCB

A group of Unalaska elementary students won fourth place in Alaska’s state Battle of the Books competition this year. It’s the furthest any of Unalaska’s elementary teams have ever made it.
The four-member team, which includes Indira Cummings, Gaven Casia, Raegan Kitsyuk and Eternity Leon competed in the all-day state competition.
Maggie Nelson, KUCB

The Unalaska girls varsity basketball team finished their season at the 2A Great Alaska Regional Conference in Anchorage in a final game against Unalakleet. Head Coach Riley Spetz said the team played strong throughout the tournament, despite a few hiccups at the start of the trip. “We got delayed a few days and ended up flying into the airport, landing, getting the rental cars and going straight to the gym to play,” he said. They won their first game against Unalakleet and lost to Tikigaq in the second.
Maggie Nelson, KUCB

The Unalaska boys basketball team finished in fourth place in their division at the 2022 state tournament. They entered the 2A Alaska State Basketball Championships as the sixth seed on an at-large bid, after taking third at regionals earlier this month. After losing their first game against Metlakatla, the varsity boys team pulled out an impressive win against Fairbanks charter school Effie Kokrine.
AASB Workshops for You and Your Board
AASB now offers condensed, distance-delivered versions of our popular workshops and training sessions. Member districts receive a special rate for AASB sessions: $600 includes preparation, up to 3 hours of training, and a post-training report.
  • Board/Superintendent Relations
  • How to run Effective Meetings
  • Board Self Evaluations (with a resulting board improvement plan)
  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Board’s Quasi-Judicial Role
  • Using Your District’s Data for Planning
  • Data for School Boards
  • School Budget & Finance
  • Family Engagement
  • Youth Engagement
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Policy
  • Facilitated Superintendent Evaluation
  • Advisory School Committees
  • Charter Schools
  • Communications with your board
  • Labor Relations
  • Ethics
  • School Climate: What does School Climate & Connectedness look like now?
  • Trauma-Engaged Schools
  • Specialized facilitation:
  • Focus on particular issues
  • Choice of program
  • Scheduling to meet the needs of your board members and administrators
  • Team building
We can also provide customized solutions based on your needs. 
Please reach out to us.

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