Whole Board Training/Leadership

Whole Board Training is one of the most effective board development opportunities offered by KASB.  Whole Board Training is the on-site customized training to meet your district’s specific staff development and board training needs.  Whole Board Training works with an individual board (or in some cases, a group of boards in a region) to discuss issues, provide information and establish policies and procedures addressing individual board needs.

KASB has a staff of experts available to travel to your district and work with your board.  On-site training is advantageous to the district because more individuals from the district are able to participate.  Time constraints and travel costs are significantly reduced when training can be conducted in the district.

As you plan board training activities, look at what KASB can offer.  Areas of specialization districts have found to be most beneficial include:  research data, boardsmanship, legal issues, insurance, advocacy, demographics, policy and planning.

Whole Board Training activities can be conducted by any of the KASB staff on any topic that needs covering, from legal to boardsmanship to policy to research to advocacy to insurance to communications—we have the staff and expertise to design a program tailored to your local needs.

Why participate?
  • On-site training enables more individuals to attend;
  • Several districts in an area may join together to save costs;
  • It reduces time constraints and travel time for board members;
  • Individualized instruction is customized to meet local needs;
  • Handout information is provided;
  • Follow-up activities are available upon request; and
  • Practical suggestions and guidelines are offered to address local issues.

A few topic ideas:
  • Roles and responsibilities of the board and the superintendent
  • Teamwork
  • Key Work of School Boards
  • Long-Range Planning
  • Job descriptions for the board and superintendent
  • Board self-evaluations
  • Board/superintendent/district/community goal setting and strategic planning
  • Board-Superintendent relations
  • Effective Site Councils
  • Communications plans
  • Effective data use
  • Maximizing district resources in a time of diminished funding
  • Superintendent and Board evaluations
Contact KASB Leadership Development/Services staff at edservices@kasb.org.

What others say...


"It allowed them to dream and plan for future student needs."

"I believe it helped our Board explore the positive things that were happening in the district.  It allowed them to dream and plan for future student needs.  It gave us a road map for direction."

David Carriger, Superintendent, Columbus USD 493


"Having Dr. Moeckel come into our district for board planning was some of the best time and money that our district invested this year."

"Having Dr. Moeckel come into our district for board planning was some of the best time and money that our district invested this year. He quickly helped us define the "what" aspect of the Boards goals and the "How" aspect of my role as facilitator."

Stuart Sutton, Superintendent, Rolla USD 217


"We had a very informative evening and the board was very enthusiastic about the things they learned and the way Dr. Moeckel presented the information.  They felt he made a real connection with them and helped them understand their role as a board member."

"In the fall of 2011, the school board for USD 419 was made of up three entirely new board members, three more that had two years of experience as board members and one with extensive experience.  They requested to have training in "boardsmanship and leadership>"  I contacted Doug Moeckel, consultant for KASB Leadership Services and he came into the district in October and provided this information for our members.  We had a very informative evening and the board was very enthusiastic about the things they learned and the way Dr. Moeckel presented the information.  They felt he made a real connection with them and helped them understand their role as a board member. It would not surprise me at all if they wanted to continue this type of training with Dr. Moeckel in the near future."

Bill Seidl, Superintendent, Canton-Galva USD 419


"The greatest advantage to this is that it allows the administrators to be part of the process instead of leading the process."

"We utilize KASB Leadership Services during our yearly Board of Education retreat and planning sessions.  The greatest advantage to this is that it allows the administrators to be part of the process instead of leading the process.  I believe this helps to build a much more cohesive unit that can lead the district forward in this ever changing business of public education."

Michael Stegman, Superintendent, Washington County School USD 108


"Having support from someone who is knowledgeable and has credibility is essential when planning with the board. Having KASB involved brings both of those traits to the table."

"Having support from someone who is knowledgeable and has credibility is essential when planning with the board. Having KASB involved brings both of those traits to the table. Our board was very responsive and has put their plan in place. I know I can return to KASB any time I need additional help or support."

Tim Marshall, Ed. D., Executive Director, Keystone Learning Services


"Since all BOE members are not able to attend out of town trainings, having KASB bring the training to the district is effective".

"The Board of Education members truly benefited from the assistance provided by Dr. Moeckel as he facilitated a session on Boardsmanship and another on Goal Setting.  Since all BOE members are not able to attend out of town trainings, having KASB bring the training to the district is effective.  It is also an economical way of providing training to all members.  The goal setting process was efficient and the goals support the mission of the district and schools."

Judy Welter, Superintendent, Paola USD 368


"The leadership and expertise that was provided during our Board of Education/Superintendent expectation and goal setting session made the process smoother and product more useful."

"Dr. Moeckel and KASB Staff were a great resource for the USD #115 Nemaha Central Board of Education during our transition from two school districts into one consolidated district. The leadership and expertise that was provided during our Board of Education/Superintendent expectation and goal setting session made the process smoother and product more useful."

Darrel Kohlman, Superintendent, Nemaha Central USD 115


"KASB’s involvement has had very positive affects with our Board of Education members."

"KASB has helped the Valley Falls School Board develop prioritized, attainable goals to help our school district become a stronger more viable education center for our students, staff and patrons.  Secondly, through this goal setting process, our Board of Education members have increased clearer communication with each other.  KASB’s involvement has had very positive affects with our Board of Education members."

Loren Feldkamp, Superintendent, Valley Falls USD 338


"It has improved the communication within the board meetings."

"The USD 272 – Waconda board planning session with KASB brought the board members, administration, teachers, and site council members together to talk about the common good of the students.  We were able to openly talk about the positives and the negatives of what was happening across the district.  It has improved the communication within the board meetings.  We now know what we want to continue and what we want to improve."

Jeff Travis, Superintendent, Waconda USD 272


"Fort Scott's school board has used KASB's goal-setting process and has found it to be very effective."

"Fort Scott's school board has used KASB's goal-setting process and has found it to be very effective.  Our board discovered that working with Dr. Moeckel not only produced the desired "end product," but it also helped build the board into a focused team."

Rick Werling, Superintendent, Fort Scott USD 234


"A quote from a BOE member “The last three hours felt like an hour, this was great.”

"The KASB board training was one of the very best.  Our board was excited and motivated to work on district goals and strategic planning at the session conclusion.   They were involved during the entire training that was both beneficial to them and our administrative team.  This training truly made a difference in the direction our district is headed.   A quote from a BOE member “The last three hours felt like an hour, this was great.”

Mike Roth, Superintendent, Clearwater USD 264


KASB Legal Staff also provides whole board training.


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