Nevada Association of School Boards

Support & Services

The support and services received from membership in the Nevada Association of School Boards (NASB) are directly related to our mission:  Success for all students through local school board leadership. The Association focuses upon three primary strategies to accomplish its mission—Advocacy, Boardsmanship, and Communication.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Nevada Association of School Boards provides high quality, effective professional development for school board members in a variety of areas designed to improve local board governance and policy development. The Association’s annual Conference is held the third week of November at a site determined by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.

In addition to its own workshops and conferences, NASB participates with Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, in partnership with the Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities and the Nevada Association of Counties to provide the Certified Public Official (CPO) Program, an in-depth series that provides diverse resources for educational and professional development responsive to the changing needs of elected and appointed officials in public office throughout Nevada. Content offered by NASB through its own professional development workshops and training sessions receive equivalent credit through the CPO Program.

The CPO Program is designed for:

•  Elected and appointed city, state and county officials

•  Transportation, fire, police and planning commissioners

•  Improvement district and public utility district trustees

•  School board members and school district superintendents

The CPO Program offers a comprehensive set of courses including the introductory Public Officials Workshops: Education and Resources (P.O.W.E.R.) Orientation Program. To earn the CPO designation, participants must complete the P.O.W.E.R. Orientation in addition to 52 hours of courses and conferences, adding to a combined total of approximately 70 contact hours.

Generally, two contact hours are equivalent to one CPO unit. Participants may earn CPO units by attending training offered by the Nevada Association of Counties, Nevada Association of School Boards, Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities (or other nationally affiliated associations), Extended Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, or the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Division of Educational Outreach. Participants must submit attendance sheets to the appropriate association after course completion.

P.O.W.E.R. Orientation Program

The P.O.W.E.R. Orientation Program sessions are held throughout Nevada in conjunction with the state conferences of the Nevada Association of Counties, Nevada Association of School Boards, and Nevada League of Cities and Municipalities.

P.O.W.E.R. Modules

Module 1: Realities of Public Life: Roles and Relationships of Public Office (1 hour)

Module 2: Budgets: Revenue Sources, Projections and Forecasts (2.5 hours)

Module 3: Ethics in Nevada (1.5 hours)

Module 4: Nevada’s Open Meeting Law (2 hours)

Module 5: Citizen Participation and Public Information (1.5 hours)

Module 6: Interviewing and Media Relations (1.5 hours)

Module 7: Employment Law: Keeping your Agency out of Court (4 hours)

STRATEGIC GOALS

Identifying Leadership Potential and Building Leadership Capacity on Local School Boards

•  Targeting professional development for new and veteran school board members with an emphasis on effective governance and policy development;

•  Providing professional development specific to the needs of an individual board and communicating new information that will impact all  school boards about Federal and State initiatives;

•  Recruiting and encouraging new candidates for school board positions; and

•  Expanding mentoring opportunities.

 

Defining and Expanding Educational Advocacy

•  Communicating more continuously and determinedly with legislators, other elected officials, and stakeholders on behalf of K-12 public education, including training for school board members to do so effectively;

•  Engaging with the general public to better educate everyone about the importance of public education and that a strong K-12 educational system improves the workforce, increases personal income, reduces social costs, and elevates home values;

•  Providing a unified voice that represents school board members in all seventeen school districts;

•  Promoting collaboration and teamwork between the Association and individual school board members;

•  Defending funding, including individual district revenue streams and resources, eliminating unfunded mandates, and getting more resources for PK-12; and

•  Supporting strategies for reforming curriculum including P20W.

 

More Efficiently Using Resources

•  Advancing local control and maximum flexibility for school boards;

•  Improving accountability and transparency for efficiently using resources; and

•  Facilitating professional development for school boards regarding fiscal oversight and accountability

 

PUBLICATIONS

2016 NSBA Transgender Guide
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NSBA Implementation Guide for ESSA

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Annenberg Study re Charter School Accountability

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Public Deliberation: Citizen Engagement

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In Search of Civility

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Crises in Nevada: Education and The Economy

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The Importance of School Board Training

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Reconciling Expenses for Board Training

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Certified Public Official Program

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Key Ingredients and Recipes for NASB Chefs

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Superintendent Searches (Link)

 

Educational Links

 

The Nevada Association of School Boards is a full-qualified 501(c)(3) non-profit Nevada corporation.