Introduction to School Boards

Foundational concepts for activists & candidates

Want to pursue a school board position at the local or state level? have no idea where to start?

Maybe you have little-to-no knowledge of the political arena, but you do have a passion for saving our kids’ educations from the liberal agendas taking over school boards?

Packed with first-hand knowledge from school board leaders across the country, this course drills down to the foundations of school board knowledge:

  • What are school boards and what do they do?
  • Where does their authority come from?
  • What’s the difference between a state and local school board?
  • Do I have the right reasons for running?
  • How do I launch a campaign and actually make a difference?

Start here to experience the whole School Board Training Library.

This course Introduction to School Boards is just what it sounds like—it gives you a fly-over view of exactly what school boards do, why they have so much power in our kids’ schools, and what you can do about it.

It’s the perfect place to start if you’re new to the conversation…or even if you’ve been around school boards for a while, but never stopped to think about their structure, rules, and basic purpose.

Don’t want a review?

Feel free to skip ahead to the next course in the series, School Board Campaign Training. A project of Leadership Institute, this course gives you “the skills training you must have to wage and win a successful campaign for your local school board.” If you’re ready to start campaigning now, go straight to School Board Campaign Training.

The School Board Training Library:


Introduction to School Boards is a project of Noah Webster Educational Foundation (NWEF). As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, NWEF's mission is to educate and collaborate with individuals and organizations to tell the story of America’s education and culture, identify foundational principles that improve it, and advance practice and policy to change it.

We want to help you bring solutions and improvements to America's schools, one school board at a time.

Course Curriculum

  Module 1: Legal Guidelines for School Boards
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  Module 2: Local School Boards Vs. State School Boards
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  Module 3: Outside Influences on School Boards
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  Module 4: Should I Run for School Board?
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  Module 5: First Steps to Launching a Campaign
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  Module 6: How to Create Positive Change through School Boards
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  What's Next?
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Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is there a specific order to courses in the School Board Training Library?
Introduction to School Boards is a great place to start if you're new to school board involvement—but otherwise, no! Each of the courses in the School Board Training Library is self-contained and pursues a different aspect of school board knowledge, participation, and leadership. Feel free to start anywhere!

Noah Webster Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the goal of helping improve America’s education.

We facilitate nationwide conversations to raise awareness of the current state and future potential of education. We do this by 1.) capturing and telling stories, 2.) creating documentaries, 3.) promoting best practices and core principles, and 4.) equipping people for proactive engagement. We focus on the roles and impact of instruction, parents, government, faith and morality, and facilities on education.

Noah Webster Educational Foundation cares about school board elections because they are the front lines of educational policy and application. It’s our goal to inform citizens about how they can make an impact in schools through grassroots leadership and improved legisation—and school boards are often the crossroads where education leadership and legislation in America meet.

Visit our website for other ways you can join the fight to save our nation's schools.

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