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Most webinars satisfy one hour of the 8-hour annual board chair/superintendent joint training requirements as stated in 16 V.S.A. § 561(b) provided both parties attend together.​ 


16 VSA Section 561 requires that


(b) At least annually, the chairs of each school board within a supervisory union, the chair of the supervisory union board, and the superintendent shall jointly participate in at least eight hours of professional training that, at a minimum, addresses:

  1. educational leadership;

  2. the relative roles and responsibilities of the supervisory union board, the school district boards, and the superintendent;

  3. the Vermont Open Meeting Law, 1 V.S.A. §§ 310-314;

  4. Vermont law regarding access to public records, 1 V.S.A. §§ 315-320;

  5. collective bargaining; and

  6. education funding and school finance laws. (Added 1969, No. 298 (Adj. Sess.), § 38; amended 2007, No. 66, § 4; 2013, No. 56, § 13, eff. May 30, 2013; 2013, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 67, eff. Feb. 14, 2014.)

Everyone registering to attend any webinar will receive an email following the webinar with a link to the video, handouts and any follow-up materials.

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How to Make the Most of a Summer Board Retreat

May 30, 2023

Does your board get bogged down in routine work at your regular business meetings throughout the year? A summer retreat is the perfect opportunity to step back and focus on the big picture. In this webinar we’ll address the value of board self assessment, goal setting, and developing an annual work plan. We will also discuss how important it is for the board to have clear and agreed priorities written down. This can help give direction to the superintendent, assistant in their evaluation, and focusthe system for improved student outcomes.

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The Opportunity of Governance Standards

June 13, 2023

Recently adopted Governance Standards go into effect this year. They provide excellent guidance for boards to focus on the things that matter most–adopting a collaboratively developed vision with priorities for student success, working well together as a team, and following transparent, predictable processes for the board’s work. This webinar provides an introduction to the standards and highlights ways school boards can use these to their advantage. Expect specific insights and examples your board can apply to improve its work and your affect on student outcomes. 


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Best Practices for Board Reports

August 8, 2023

All boards receive reports from the superintendent, administrators and finance reports. In this webinar we will speak with those that prepare those reports and talk about items boards need to see in those reports. We will provide some best practice both written and oral reports. Consider what information the reports should include and what questions board members might have when receiving the reports. Discuss how this relates to board agendas and an ability to make sure the main thing is represented as the main thing in your board meetings. 

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Proposed VSBA Resolutions

September 7, 2023

VSBA Resolutions provide guidance to staff and the VSBA board when they are working in the legislature or developing programs and services for members. Learn about each VSBA resolution proposed for consideration for FY 2024 and understand the board's positions to establish your SU/SD position for voting at the Annual Meeting at Lake Morey on October 26.


Resolutions are generated by member school district boards, the VSBA Board, and its Resolution Committee. The committee makes a recommendation to the full board of "pass", "do not pass", or "take no position" on each resolution. Then, one delegate from each VSBA-member SU/SD votes on all resolutions at the Annual Meeting.

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The Role of the School Board in Hearings

October 3, 2023

The District has a lot at stake. Do have personal legal protection? What is a hearing and what responsibility do you, as a board member have in a hearing? What is Due Process in a student discipline or termination of an employee hearing?  What Does and What Should the Board Know in Advance? The role of the administrator, the board members, and the board chair. Should the hearing be in open meeting or executive session? What are rules of evidence and burden of proof?

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