The Value of Membership

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—John Aubin, South Burlington School District, South Burlington, Vermont
Member since 1992

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School Business Leader

Leadership Lessons for School Business Professionals

Leadership is an essential quality of every successful school business official, and effective leaders know that their skills must be developed and honed with care.
School Business Leader, ASBO International’s newest publication, features practical tips, case studies, tools, and advice to help you be the best school district leader you can be. Delivered to your mailbox six times a year, every other month, this member-exclusive newsletter is a trusted resource you can count on to take your leadership skills to the next level.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or you're a seasoned professional, School Business Leader will help you become a more effective and efficient leader for your team and community. Here's a sample of the exciting content you'll find...

4 Things You Should Know Before Investing in Professional Development
When school districts invest in professional development (PD) for the instructional staff, district personnel should make sure it adheres to these standards:
1. It must support broader educational improvement efforts.
PD serves as a bridge between current and improved practices by building on teachers’ strengths and addressing their weakness. Therefore, teachers’ learning needs must be assessed first, and then matched with the appropriate professional development activities.
2. It must target teachers’ knowledge of content and subject-specific instructional methods.
Research shows that PD often concentrates on generic teaching behaviors rather than on content knowledge (even though the latter has proven to be more effective). Teachers need opportunities to expand and refine their subject matter knowledge and subject-specific teaching methods, so verify PD content reflects this.
Find tips 3 and 4 in Volume 1 Issue 1 of School Business Leader. What you find may surprise you—and make you reconsider the way you evaluate your district’s professional development programs.

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