• Webinars marked with an * 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.​
  • 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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*Community Engagement

March 5, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Kingdom East Unified Union School District was one of three recipients of a VSBA grant (funded by Nellie Mae Foundation) for Engaged, Equitable Governance. Board Chair Cynthia Stuart and Superintendent Jen Botzojorns will share their story of community engagement planning and execution and how community input helped direct their strategic planning.

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Welcome New School Board Members

April 2, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Calling all new board members! VSBA is here to support you as you learn about your work, the critical role of the board, and the tools available to you for professional development in your new position. We'll introduce the VSBA's proprietary platform of best practices, Essential Work of Vermont School Boards, and answer questions about the work ahead.

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*Open Meeting Law and Executive Session

May 7, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

As pubic bodies, school boards are bound by Vermont's Open Meeting Law. Yet Open Meeting Law and Executive Session parameters often present challenges for school boards. Make sure you're up to date on the latest laws and fine-tune your knowledge about executive session do's and don'ts to assure your board's compliance to the rules that govern public meetings.

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*Weighting Study Impact

June 4, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

UVM professor and lead researcher of the 2019 Pupil Weighting Factors Report, Tammy Kolbe will be on hand to discuss the report that was issued last December as part of Act 173 of 2018, an act relating to enhancing the effectiveness, availability, and equity of services provided to students who require additional support. The purpose of this study was to analyze Vermont’s approach to providing supplemental funding to districts and schools according to differences in student need or geographic location through the use of pupil weights and categorical funding programs. Specifically, the Weighting Study was commissioned to determine whether existing weighting ratios need to be modified, whether others should be considered, and whether the special education census grant should be adjusted for differences in the incidence of and costs associated with students with disabilities across school districts. We'll address the potential impact on calculating costs per equalized students, the general education funding formula, and Act 173 implementation.

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*Effective Meetings

August 6, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Effective meetings allow school boards to maintain focus on the work of setting goals and monitoring performance. We'll highlight some best practices for assuring meetings are efficient and productive, including a review of parliamentary procedure (Robert's Rules). We'll also explore the role and rules of board committees. Participants will be encouraged to share their experiences of strategies for successful meetings.

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*VSBA Resolutions

September 10, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

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 2021 and understand the board's positions to establish your SU/SD position for voting at the Annual Meeting on October 29.

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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*Budget & Financial Oversight

October 1, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Do you wonder where all those numbers come from at budget time? And what about the regular financial reports at your meetings? Financial oversight of the district is one of the board's most crucial roles, but most board members aren't financial experts. Here's your opportunity to learn how to read and interpret financial statements and prepare for budget season.

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*School Safety

November 5, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

We all want our schools to be safe, but what does that really mean? Our expert panelists from VSBIT will share best practices designed to keep our children, faculty, staff, and buildings safe.

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*Successful Communication Strategies

December 3, 2020

12:00pm - 1:00pm

If you or your board struggle with making sure your communities understand the board's role and positions, this webinar is for you! We'll discuss the how, when, where, and why of effective public-facing communication.

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Vermont School Boards Association

2 Prospect Street, Suite 4

Montpelier, VT 05602

Phone: 800-244-8722   Fax: 802-223-0098

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