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Learn & Earn Webinars


KSBA's “Learn and Earn” webinar series offers insightful (and concise) topics each month while providing school board members with required training credits. Sessions are usually scheduled from noon – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) on the second Wednesday of each month at a cost of $50 per session. Pre-registration is required, and space is limited to 100 viewers each session. The schedule of webinars may be found below.  All Learn and Earn webinars count for 1 hour of board training credit.

2021 Learn and Earn Schedule

March 10 
Combatting COVID-19 Learning Loss Through Expanded Learning
Counts toward mandated finance training requirements
Afterschool and summer learning programs stand ready to help students recover, re-engage in learning, and emerge resilient, strong, and hopeful from this period of loss and isolation. During this webinar, we will discuss recent federal funding that will be available to local school districts through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act and how district leaders can collaborate with community partners to increase expanded learning opportunities for students.
Tom Haggard, Director, Kentucky Out-of-School Alliance and School Board Member, Covington Independent
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training.
April 14
State Budget and School Funding
Counts toward mandated finance training requirements
A brief overview of the 2022 budget and what it means to school funding
Chay Ritter, Division of District Support, Kentucky Department of Education
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training.
May 12
COVID Lessons Learned and Re-thinking Interscholastic Athletics for the Future
This session will review communication strategies, issues with differences between local control objectives, how local control isn't just for easy decisions, and how we all need to take this time to re-evaluate long-held strategies and decisions to better guide us into the future.
Julian Tackett, Commissioner, Kentucky High School Athletic Association
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training. 
June 9
Meeting the Needs of Students Who are Homeless or in Foster Care: The Board’s Role
Counts toward mandated finance training requirements
Each and every child is entitled to an education in our schools, including those who are homeless and those in foster care. Specific state and federal laws affect their rights and provide districts with supplemental funding, and local boards play a key role in making sure these students are identified, their needs met, and their legal rights respected.
Stephanie Aschmann Spires, board member, Fayette County Public Schools; Eric Kennedy, director of Advocacy, KSBA
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training. 
July 14
Equity: Organizing, Mobilizing and Advocating for Students and Families
The Owensboro Independent Schools, in response to the recent racial equity and justice issues in our state and country, has undertaken a comprehensive multi-pronged approach to ensuring all students, regardless of color and/or gap group, are given the same opportunities for success as all other students. OPS is the largest Independent School District in the state and embraces its diversity with nearly 1/3 of its 5000 students identifying as students of color. Join Board Member Michael Johnson and Superintendent Matthew Constant as they discuss the origins of the Equity Task Force effort, the partnership with Hanover Research group, the audacious goals of the effort, as well as immediate next steps as we move the work forward. 
Matthew Constant, superintendent; Michael Johnson, board member, Owensboro Independent Schools
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training.
Aug. 11
Governance Core
Meets mandated ethics training requirements
Governance Core, based on a book about successful school board governance, teaches about the governance mindset, unity of purpose and a shared moral objective. These values keep student success at the center of school board service and include consideration of innovative strategies. It teaches that politics can distort good governance by having preconceived notions about issues. The course teaches that effective solutions consider diverse views and all the evidence before making decisions. Good governance is a key to community support and long-term success of school districts.
KSBA Training Cadre Member
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training.
Sept. 8
Setting Tax Rates Made Easy
Counts toward mandated finance training requirements
Every school board is required to set an annual tax rate – but not every board member enjoys doing it. Learn the nuts and bolts needed to tackle this challenge with confidence.
This webinar is now available as a recorded self-study training.
Oct. 13
Essentials of Effective Evaluations
Meets mandated superintendent evaluation training requirement
One of the most important responsibilities of board members is to hire and evaluate the district superintendent. Effective evaluation takes planning, preparation, and board/superintendent team conversations. This session helps board members find answers to essential questions such as why, what, and how, while exploring skills necessary to become effective evaluators in an effective process.  
KSBA Training Cadre Member
Nov. 10
Board Leadership Essentials: Your Public Image
Meets mandated ethics training requirements
It’s not just the decisions you make as school board members that impact your district, how you do your job also influences the success of your school system. The image you project depends largely on how the governing body – your school board – conducts its public business. Do you inspire your community? Or, do you provide regular examples of dysfunction? Being a public official is not easy; often thankless. But we can make the experience better by adopting productive habits and focusing on becoming a healthy team.
KSBA Training Cadre Member
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