The purpose of the School Board Governance Improvement Act of 2012 is to support school board effectiveness. This webpage provides resources to help school board members understand the requirements of and comply with the Governance Act.
(download as a Microsoft Word document) - Organizations and individuals wishing to provide training to school boards under the School Board GovernanceImprovement Act must submit this application for approval at least 60 days prior to the proposed training.
External Credit and all other forms can be found
School board members who have taken office after Jan. 1, 2013, must complete an orientation.
All orientation courses must be taken once. If the orientation has already been taken, it does not have to be retaken. If you have never had it, you only must take it if you are re-elected or re-appointed for a new term. You must complete it within one year of the July 1 after you take office.
During the first year of the Governance Act's implementation, school board members had to take three hours of training between Jan. 1, 2013, and June 30, 2013. But as of July 1, 2013, and going forward, all school board members must take six hours annually. Hours must be earned annually and will not carry over from year to year.
Two hours of the required six hours of annual training must be earned as "whole board, interactive training."
Taking Office in June?
Appointed city school board members who take office in June will not be expected to complete the annual training requirement in their first month in office. Any training accrued prior to June 30 of the year they take office will count toward the following year's training requirement.
Advocacy training that addresses relevant legislative topics, such as current education issues and effective communication with legislators and congressmen, does qualify for training credit. As of July 1, 2014, school board members can receive 2 training hours per year for participating in the Alabama Association of School Boards Advocacy Day and 3 hours for attending the National School Boards Association's Advocacy Institute.
Please note: The training credit reflects time spent in training, not in advocacy activities.
If you attend the National School Boards Association's annual conference or NSBA's Advocacy Institute you can receive up to a total of three hours of training credit. NSBA host state will provide the Alabama Association of School Boards a list of attendees after the event, and AASB will keep track of the credit you earn. These are the only national meeting for which credit hours can be earned.
Any facilitator/provider not provided by AASB must submit a provider application (download as a Microsoft Word document) to AASB at least 60 days prior to the planned training session. (Read the Provider Application Guidelines.) The application focuses on the course content and the provider's qualifications to deliver it. A panel comprised of representatives from the state Department of Education, AASB and School Superintendents of Alabama will review the applications and notify the provider regarding approval within 30 days.
Please note: Outside facilitators must submit a list of attendees to AASB, as the recordkeeping agency, in order for participants to receive credit hours. The list must be submitted within 30 days of the training.
For training forms, go here.