ALF-IN: School Board Leader Academy

santa-clara-officeSBLA Background: The School Board Leader Academy was born out of ALF’s 68 Senior Fellow strong Education Network. The program was launched in September of 2016 in partnership with the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

SBLA Vision: To offer a leadership development program that will provide training on the critical role of governance within the education space to newly elected, appointed, or current school board members in both the neighborhood and charter school space.

SBLA Cohort 2 begins in January 2018. School board members: Register here

The class will meet monthly for six months running from January – June 2018. All meetings will run from 9:00-3:00 p.m. and will be located at the Santa Clara County Office of Education.   

Session 1: Orientation

The goal of this session is to orient participants to the program as well as to foster deep connects amongst cohort members. In addition, the cohort will work on a collective learning agenda.

Session 2: Mindfulness

The goal of this session will be introduce the concepts of mindfulness as a path to successful leadership.

Session 3: Governance and the Art of Dialogue

In this session participants will learn ALF’s model for effective dialogue which is inclusive of different viewpoints, generates group intelligence and leads to smart decisions with maximum buy-in.

Session 4: Leadership Stance

In this session the group will work individually as well as collectively to consider their leadership stance

Session 5: Innovative Partnerships

The goal of this session is to provide the group with information about the power of networked leadership and its ability to impact systems change.

Session 6: Taking Stock

In this final session participants will reflect on their learning path as well as consider their next steps as school board leaders

Program Outcomes

SBLA participants report:

  • An increase in their ability as leaders to effectively work with their school board and superintendent;
  • Adopting one skill from the ALF-IN training that they use on a regular basis with their school board or superintendent;
  • Increased satisfaction in how their school board engages in dialogue and solves problem;
  • An increase in their ability as leaders to work effectively with all internal and external stakeholders in the school district, including bargaining units, parents and the broader community.

Interested in learning more about the School Board Leader Academy? Email VP of Innovation Networks Jenny Niklaus.