TSBA Meetings

TSBA conducts a variety of approved training courses, workshops, and meetings throughout the year to inform board members and administrators about key issues and topics affecting public education.

State Board of Education Rules and Regulations require that every board member participates in seven hours of training annually. All courses listed below in orange have been approved by the State Board of Education for board member training.

2023-2024 TSBA Catalog of Approved Training Courses

You will receive boardsmanship credit in our TSBA Boardsmanship Award Program for the courses listed below in orange and blue.

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Objectives:

  • To develop practical skills and increase knowledge in the planning process.
  • To provide superintendents and board members with methods to develop a common vision and mission statement.
  • To develop strategies for setting system goals.
  • To monitor/evaluate results to bring about systematic change.

Special Considerations:

  • The superintendent and majority of the school board must attend.

Description:

The importance of planning for a school system’s future is the major focus of this institute. The steps for establishing a school system’s mission and vision will be presented. Also, included are strategies to help you plan for school improvement through goal setting, and definitions of strategies, as well as methods to monitor and evaluate results to help you modify plans over time. Participants discuss how to incorporate the State Department of Education’s Strategic Plan and the State Board of Education’s Performance Standards/Master Plan into a school system’s plan.

Registration Fee:

  • $2,500

Scheduled by Request

Contact TSBA at tammyg@tsba.net or call 615-815-3901 to schedule the Planning: A Joint Venture module.

Objectives:

  • To increase collaboration and productivity in a school governance team and support high achievement for all children.

Special Considerations:

  • The superintendent and majority of the school board must attend.

Description:

Managing a school system is “big business” that educates the majority of tomorrow’s citizens and the success of a school governance team is directly related to the future of our nation.

Major topics covered during the session include:

  • Understanding Groups and Teams
  • Behavior of School Board Members in Board Situations
  • Effective Communication Among the Board Team
  • Effective Governance Team
  • Trust Building Behaviors
  • Build an Effective Board/Superintendent Relationship

Registration Fee:

  • $2,500

Scheduled by Request

Contact TSBA at tammyg@tsba.net or call 615-815-3901 to schedule.

Objectives:

  1. To provide a Boardsmanship Profile to board members.
  2. To offer recommendations to increase knowledge and skills in key areas.
  3. To determine the effectiveness of the TSBA approved training courses.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Description:

This online assessment course identifies your areas of expertise and provides suggestions for obtaining additional information in areas that can help you, as a board member, to grow professionally.

The course includes four segments:

  1. Board Game
  2. Mini-Scenarios
  3. Structured Situational Analysis
  4. Video Clips

Verifications of completion will be sent to TSBA.

Please complete this course by June 30, 2024 to receive your credit for the 2023-2024 training cycle.

Scheduled by Request

To register for this online module, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

Objectives:

To provide board members with a basic understanding of key school law issues and keep board members up to date on the most current developments in school law so they will have the information they need to make sound reasonable decisions.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Description:

This online course consists of seven separate modules each covering different school law topics.

This module includes:

  • Open Meetings & Open Records
  • Parliamentary Procedure
  • Employee Rights and Relations
  • Ethical Guidelines for School Board Members
  • Legislative Advocacy and the School Board
  • The Bill of Rights and its Impact on School Districts
  • The Board-Superintendent Relationship

Verifications of completion will be sent to TSBA.

Please complete this course by June 30, 2024 to receive your credit for the 2023-2024 training cycle.

Scheduled by Request

To register for this online module, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

Objectives:

To provide school board members with labor market information that can be used to connect with the future of work and reveal critical directions for policy and practice that supports employment success for students.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Description:

This online course is divided into two sections: Introduction to Labor Market Exploration for Educators and Exploring High-Value Careers with Students.

Topics include:

  • The Future of Work
  • Using Labor Market Information to Connect to the Future of Work
  • Learning to Use Labor Market Information
  • Incorporating Labor Market Information into Career Exploration, Planning and Policy
  • Identifying and Sharing Local High-Value Careers
  • Informed Career Exploration
  • Career Planning and Pathways

There are 7 quizzes that you must complete for this course. Please complete those by June 30, 2023 and submit your certificate of completion to registrar@tsba.net to fulfill your mandatory annual training requirement for the 2022-2023 training cycle.

Scheduled by Request

To register for this online module, please contact your board secretary to register you online or call the TSBA Registrar at 615-815-3910.

Objectives:

To address mass casualty loss, as well as the loss of everyday accident and deliver the first-of-its-kind safety training designed specifically addressing the threats to and vulnerabilities of schools.

Description:

The online workshop begins with Trent Lovett, Superintendent of Marshall County Schools in Kentucky. Mr. Lovett gives an actual account of the day, and the days following the active shooting event that occurred at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky on January 23, 2018. From the everyday accidental injury to the unthinkable tragedy, you will be equipped to understand the threats, the scale of what they’re costing us, and most importantly, how to prevent them.

 

This online workshop consists of six separate sections:

 

  • Creating a Culture of Readiness: A Firsthand Account of a School Tragedy
  • Awareness and Response to Active Shooter Threats
  • Bleeding Control Training
  • A Conversation about Mental Health
  • New Roles and Culture Shifts in Education
  • Preparedness for the Preventable: Workers’ Compensation

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Registration Fee:

  • $250
  • $150 for all TSBA Board Members and Tennessee Educators

Scheduled by Request

Please call TSBA at 615-815-3910 for the TSBA discount code.

Objectives:

To provide an overview of the responsibilities of the board and superintendent in adhering to the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The content provides an overview of IDEA. Each lesson focuses on one of the following concepts: Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE), IDEA Funding, student eligibility, student evaluation criteria, and discipline of students under IDEA.

Description:

The online course consists of an informational presentation paired with a verbal explanation of each concept. At the end of each lesson, participants take a five-question quiz that covers the topics just discussed. We have attached a copy of the presentation materials, but please note that he instructor provides explanations and examples through the online learning portal.

This is a 1 hour course.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Registration Fee:

  • $0

Scheduled by Request

Please call TSBA at 615-815-3910.

Objectives:

To provide an overview of the roles, responsibilities, and legal duties of school board members. The content provides an overview of parliamentary procedure, and the process school boards use to conduct a meeting. The content reviews the purpose of parliamentary procedure, types of motions, application of motions, and how to conduct an orderly meeting.

Description:

The online course consists of an interactive presentation that allows participants to review the content listed above and then apply their knowledge through an interactive experience that differs for each participant based on their selections. We have attached a copy of the presentation materials, but please note that the course is interactive based on selections made by the participants.

This is a 2 hour course.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Registration Fee:

  • $0

Scheduled by Request

Please call TSBA at 615-815-3910.

Objectives:

To provide an overview of the roles, responsibilities, and legal duties of school board members. The content provides a legal overview of the following legal areas: conflicts of interest, the Open Meetings Act, the Public Records Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), and the application of the First Amendment to school district employees.

Description:

The online course consists of an interactive presentation that allows participants to review the laws listed above and then apply their knowledge through an interactive experience that differs for each participant based on their selections. We have attached a copy of the presentation materials, but please note that the course is interactive based on selections made by the participants.

This is a 2 hour course.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Registration Fee:

  • $0

Scheduled by Request

Please call TSBA at 615-815-3910.

Objectives:

To provide an overview of the responsibilities of the board and superintendent in adhering to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).The content provides an overview of Section 504 and the ADA. Each lesson focuses on one of the following concepts: the basics of Section 504 and the ADA, Student Eligibility Under Section 504, the differences between Section 504 and the ADA, and how Section 504 and the ADA requirements interact with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

Description:

The online course consists of an informational presentation paired with a verbal explanation of each concept. At the end of each lesson, participants take a five-question quiz that covers the topics just discussed. We have attached a copy of the presentation materials, but please note that he instructor provides explanations and examples through the online learning portal.

This is a 2 hour course.

Special Considerations:

  • Board members must have access to a computer with internet connectivity.

Registration Fee:

  • $0

Scheduled by Request

Please call TSBA at 615-815-3910.