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A group of attendees at NSBA's Advocacy Institute.

NSBA Hosts Nearly 1,000 Education Leaders for Equity Symposium and Advocacy Institute

Nearly 1,000 attendees representing 42 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and the Virgin Islands convened in Washington, D.C., for NSBA’s Equity Symposium (Jan. 27) and Advocacy Institute (Jan. 28-30).

February 2024 Issue of ASBJ Now Available

School board governance is the focus of the current issue. “A Seat at the Board Table” looks at students serving on school boards as an authentic way to engage in student-centered decision-making. “13 Mistakes Board Members Make” highlights common yet avoidable board service errors, and “The Board as Servant-Leader” examines the multiple levels of responsibilities entrusted to school boards. Plus, in the new State Association Spotlight, the Indiana School Boards Association shares its work to become a best practice resource for its members.


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NSBA Rural Education Summit

NSBA 2024 Rural Education Summit

April 05, 2024
The NSBA 2024 Rural Education Summit is designed for rural school board members to come together, share experiences, and learn from experts in the field. It will delve into crucial topics that are pivotal for the success of rural school districts. From addressing teacher shortages to ensuring effective special education programs, safeguarding school environments, and bridging the digital divide through broadband internet access — featured sessions and discussions will provide you with actionable insights to address these challenges. Whether you serve our sprawling countryside or remote communities, this summit is designed to empower you with insights, strategies, and solutions that cater to the specific needs of rural education. Attendees will explore innovative solutions, exchange ideas, and forge a path forward to strengthen rural education and create better opportunities for students in every corner of our country. (Lunch Included)


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A row of microphones are lined up on a long conference table.

13 Mistakes Board Members Make

From impatience and poor behavior to speaking about confidential issues and ignoring policy, this collection of missteps is well known to taint successful school board operations.

A group of high school-age students talk and work in small groups while seated at their classroom desks.

The True ABCs of School Board Service

School board members must be servant leaders to the students and the community. The ABCs that help guide their work may need to stand for Attitude, Balance, and Compassion.

The actor and singer Ice T sits in a chair on stage for a conversation with a woman also seated in a chair.

You Never Stop Learning

While school boards might seem like an unusual audience for the gangster-rap pioneer, Ice-T regularly lectures at prisons, libraries, and colleges. The author, actor, and music icon discussed his difficult childhood and lessons he wished he’d learned in school.

Alarm Clock

Helping Students After a School Shooting

As you and your communities struggle to come to terms with school shootings and related school violence the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has put together a comprehensive list of resources.


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