By law, Kentucky requires its local school board members to take annual professional development classes. But a member of the Eminence Independent Board of Education has gone beyond minimum mandates in state law, earning advanced certification in support of their work for this community’s children and public schools.
Pamela Morehead-Johnson has achieved Level Four Certification in the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Academy of Studies. Each level in KSBA’s Academy of Studies builds on the previous round of courses from the basics about board meetings and student learning up to specially designed leadership courses for more experienced members. Some of the training is earned through KSBA conference workshops, and some may be obtained through self-study courses and national professional development opportunities.
“Education is ever-changing, from new teaching techniques to more efficient ways to use school resources,” said KSBA President Ed Massey, a 12-year member of the Boone County Board of Education. “Like teachers and administrators, school board members must build their skills and adapt when new challenges or solutions present themselves. A board member who has advanced in the Academy of Studies has demonstrated a further commitment to the community and its children.”
The KSBA Academy of Studies training covers areas such as using student achievement data to set district goals and plan budgets, compliance with new state and federal education laws, superintendent selection and evaluation, school construction, strategic planning, policy development and effective community involvement.
Established in 1936, KSBA is Kentucky’s largest voluntary association of local elected officials.