Workshop-plus resources

An anytime-anywhere resource for board leaders advancing excellence through supports of the member relations team, Colorado Association of School Boards, 800.530.8430, 303.832.1000 / 1200 Grant Street, Denver, Colorado 80203, / Randy Black,



Essentials for new members and new governing teams...

First steps:

  • Be mentored by a veteran board member
  • Review the governing team's strategic framework and operating norms.
  • Explore local board policies (especially those on the board's purposeful work)
  • Study CASB's Leadership WORKbook
  • Explore your anytime-anywhere online assets at and
  • Enrich all members with a new team effectiveness session 


Core documents:

  • Orientation/mentoring plan
  • Policy manual and bylaws (up to date, readily and easily useable)
  • Governing team’s strategic framework (vision, misison/purpose, goals, operating norms and core values)
  • Governing team’s goals/performance plans, progress assessments, leadership commitments/agreements/policies
  • Governing team’s meeting calendar and yearly agenda
  • Superintendent’s contract, progress plans and assessments, the official end-of-year evaluations
  • Student achievement goals, dashboards and progress reports
  • Unified Improvement Plans (district and site)
  • Budget (clear, easily useable)
  • Financial audits (especially the executive summaries)
  • District’s strategic plan and related measureable, dashboards and feedback
  • Annual report
  • Negotiated contract(s), salary schedule, schedule/calendar
  • Curriculum system and guides
  • Crisis action plan
  • District map (sites, boundaries, contact info)
  • Activity pass
  • Key communication card (print and e-version contact info for all board members and administrators)
  • District directory of employees and volunteers
  • Reimbursement form (and procedure)
  • CASB’s Leadership Workbook
  • CASB calendar of learning opportunities
  • CASB acronym/ jargon list (in back of Leadership Workbook)


Startup commitments to confirm/declare:

  • Governing is the board's distinct leadership role
  • Health/effective board work is as a board/team/group 
  • The board listens and learns
  • DFocus on top priorities
  • Commitment to ongoing respect
  • Desire to mature as a learner
  • Clear pursuit of learning, improvement
  • Accountability to shareholders

Essential steps as a new team:

  • Orientation, get-to-know team session
  • 1:1 mentoring for six months (new member with a veteran or retired board member) 
  • Team effectiveness session to affirm/adjust the governing team's strategic framework
  • Orientation session hosted by administration on “all things strategic”
  • Orientation coffee with president
  • Tours and introductions at district office and schools
  • Team commitment to “plain language,” the opposite of “eduspeak"